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Sunday, February 9, 2020

KU swim knocks off Iowa State in regular-season finale

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The Kansas swimming and diving team closed out its dual meet season with a 204-111 road victory against Iowa State. The win moves the Jayhawks to 7-1 overall as they head into the postseason.

KU claimed 16 of a possible 18 first-place finishes over the course of the two-day event. Jenny Nusbaum led the way with three individual top finishes and one relay top time. The senior claimed the top times in the 100 (51.75), 200 (1:50.15) and 500-yard freestyle (4:57.69) events.

Not far behind her in terms of individual top finishes was Jiayu Chen on the boards. The freshman continued her dominance on the season, winning both the 1-meter (301.87) and the 3-meter (355.72) diving events. Chen finished her regular season going a perfect 16-for-16 in first-place finishes in both events.

The Jayhawks also finished first in a pair of relay races. Manon Manning, Kate Steward, Kaitlyn Witt and Carly Straight won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.36. Nusbaum, Manning, Elizabeth Amato-Hanner and Straight won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a final time of 3:27.22.

Manning also touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.54) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.14). Steward claimed gold in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.26) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.91).

Straight notched first in the 50-yard freestyle with a final time of 23.98. Amelie Lessing won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.43, while Greta Olsen was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.35. Dannie Dilsaver won the 200-yard individual medley with a mark of 2:05.57.

Kansas will next compete in the Big 12 Championships in Morgantown, W.Va., in the final weekend of February. The event is slated to begin on Feb. 26 and will finish on Feb. 29.

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