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Sunday, January 12, 2020

KU swim falls to No. 21 Arizona State

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Kansas swimming and diving received its first loss of the season on Saturday, when No. 21 Arizona State handed KU a 209.5-88.5 defeat at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

The meet served as the Jayhawks’ first run competing in a long course meters pool this season. KU finished with six different swimmers claiming top-three finishes on the day. Junior Lauryn Parrish and sophomore Kate Steward led the way with a pair of second-places finishes. Parrish was a runner-up in the 200-meter backstroke after finishing with a time of 2:20.13, while Steward notched second in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:38.02.

The diving portion of the meet was dominated once again by freshman Jiayu Chen. She continued her hot start to the season by claiming first place in both the 1-meter (295.50) and the 3-meter (316.05) events. Chen's top finishes give her a combined 10 straight first-place finishes in those events to begin her collegiate career dating back to the Kansas Double Dual (Oct. 11-12).

Kansas will have a home matchup against William Jewell on Thursday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. inside Robinson Natatorium.

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