West Lafayette, Ind. — Kansas University junior Iuliia Kuzhil took ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke on the second day of the NCAA swimming and diving championships. The swimmer from Cherkasy, Ukraine, finished with a finals time of 52.02 seconds, the fourth-fastest of the competition.
Kuzhil placed ninth in the preliminaries with a time of 52.60 seconds before racing to her 52.02-second finals finish, earning her ninth overall.
“We are absolutely ecstatic about Iuliia’s 100 back,” Kansas coach Clark Campbell said. “It was a well put-together race. She’s carrying a lot of momentum into the 200-yard backstroke (today).”
Senior diver Meghan Proehl also competed on Purdue's campus. She placed 32nd in the preliminaries with 273.05 points.
Both Kansas athletes will be back in action today at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center.