Kansas swimming defeats Vanderbilt, falls to Arkansas

Originally posted on Kansan.com on February 2nd, 2014. Published in the University Daily Kansan February 3rd, 2014.

Over the weekend the Jayhawks went 1-1 with their duals, winning against Vanderbilt 163-130 and falling to Arkansas 207-91, making the Kansas squad 7-4 in dual meets this season.

“We were better than last week, which is what we were going for,” coach Clark Campbell said. “The competition level was high. The best thing is to keep pushing and keep training for the conference championships.”

Senior Morgan Sharp put eight individual points on the board for Kansas, leading the team for point totals. Sharp swam a 1:52.04 in the 200-yard freestyle, placing second. She also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing with a personal best time of the season at 51.67.

Sophomore Bryce Hinde and freshman Pia Pavlic also took home silver this weekend. Hinde placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in with a time of 2:23.51. Pavlic was beat by just .15 of a second in the 100-yard butterfly, where she finished with a time of 56.98.

“We had a good week of practice this past week and I thought we had a solid meet,” Campbell said. “Swimming is tough because you can have a good week of practice and show up at the meet and not have good performances.”

Arkansas swept the pool, winning all but two events. The other two events, the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard backstroke, were won by Vanderbilt swimmers.

“Both Arkansas and Vanderbilt are strong teams and they both performed well,” Campbell said. “It’s good because you can use the competition to help you go faster. We need teams to push us so that we can get ready for the tough competition we will have at the Big 12 Championships.”

Kansas has one more dual before the Big 12 Championships. The Jayhawks will be making their final regular season splash up in Ames, Iowa, against the Iowa State Cyclones this weekend on Feb. 7 and 8.

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