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Sunday, January 25, 2015

KU swimmers take two wins

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— Kansas University’s women’s swim team, sparked by three individual event victories by Lindsay Manning, defeated Truman State, 164-90, and William Jewell, 169-83, on Saturday at William Jewell.

Before heading to Liberty, KU coach Clark Campbell had the team swim a warm-up session at Robinson Natatorium.

“This morning, we warmed up, then put on suits and raced to see how close they got to their best times,” Campbell said. “They did a great job this morning. This afternoon at the meet was all about having a ‘finals’ opportunity, and they did really well. I’m really happy with where they are now.”

Manning won the 800 freestyle in a pool-record time of 9:03.21. She was followed by Nika Fellows (9:05.32) in second place and Sammie Schurig (9:18.08) in third.

“I didn’t even know what the record was coming in to the meet,” Manning said. “Clark told me to just go for it, and so I did. I’m a pool record-holder. That’s kind of fun to say. I just want to keep working hard and be the fastest that I can be.”

Manning then won the 200 freestyle with her time of 2:09.75. Hannah Driscoll was second (2:10.16), and Fellows took third. Manning also won the 400 freestyle.

“It’s so exciting and motivates me to do well at conference,” Manning said. “Having such a big day today in such a short period of time gives me a confidence boost. I’m really happy with how I did today and where we’re all at as a team.”

The Jayhawks will host Arkansas at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31.

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