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Thursday, February 27, 2020

KU swimmers break relay records on consecutive days at Big 12 Championships

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It’s been a record-breaking kind of week for the University of Kansas swimming team in Morgantown, W.Va., site of this year’s Big 12 Championships.

Thursday marked the second day in a row that the Jayhawks broke a school record.

On day two of the conference postseason meet, it was the 400-yard medley relay team of junior Manon Manning, sophomore Kate Steward and seniors Elizabeth Amato-Hanner and Jenny Nusbaum posting an all-time KU best finish of 3:35.96.

The time wasn’t enough to top Texas in the event, but gave the Jayhawks some second-place silver medals.

That came a day after the relay group of seniors Amato-Hanner and Carly Straight, Manning and Steward broke an 11-year-old program record in the 200-yard medley relay. Their time of 1:37.7 beat the old KU mark of 1:38.45, set in 2009. The Jayhawks picked up silver medals for their showing in that event as well.

In other Thursday finals, Nusbaum took second place in the 500 freestyle (4:47.57), Steward placed second in the 200 IM (1:59.78), junior Dannie Dilsaver finished third in the 200 IM (2:00.26), Straight came in sixth in the 50 free A-final (23.04) and freshman Jiayu Chen took second in the 1-meter diving A-final (311.35).

The Jayhawks on Wednesday also captured silver in the 800 free relay, thanks to Nusbaum, Dilsaver, junior Lauryn Parrish and sophomore Claire Campbell (7:19.65).

Through 13 events, KU has 276 team points, putting the Jayhawks in second place, behind UT’s 370. The Big 12 Championships will continue through Saturday.

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