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KU swimming finishes strong at Big 12 meet

February 27, 2011

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— Eight Jayhawks and one relay team finished in the top 10 to lead the Kansas University swimming and diving team to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 championships on Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Four freshmen and sophomores were among those Jayhawks. Sophomores Christy Cash (platform diving), Rebecca Swank (1,650 freestyle) and freshmen Alison Lusk (200 breaststroke) and Malia Johnson (200 butterfly) finished in seventh, fifth, seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Senior Iuliia Kuzhil took ninth in the 200 backstroke, and junior Abigail Anderson finished right behind her in 10th.

Joining Johnson in the top 10 in the 200 butterfly were Stephanie Payne (seventh) and Brittany Potter (10th).

The KU 400 freestyle relay team of Monica Johannessen, Brooke Brull, Morgan Sharp and Amanda Maez took fourth place.

“We definitely built a lot of momentum over the course of the weekend,” Maez said. “Tonight, we were awesome. We had so many swimmers coming back for finals and scoring points.”

The Jayhawks will compete in the last-chance meet this morning to try to qualify for the NCAAs.

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