Austin, Texas Chelsie Miller etched her name in the KU record books Thursday in a fifth event at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships by lowering the school mark in the 500-yard freestyle and garnered her third NCAA ‘B’ cut, before finishing third in the event during finals.
Kansas ended the second day of competition at Jamail Swimming Center in third place with 200.5 points, behind Texas (376) and Iowa State (203.5) and ahead of West Virginia (171) and TCU (150).
“It was really fun,” Miller said. “It’s not something I usually swim so it was nice to go out there without any expectations. And then to go that time was pretty surprising. It feels pretty good to have another school record, it’s definitely cool to see my name up there. It’s fun to be able to improve the team records and allows us to have higher goals to break them.”
The Houston, Texas native now has her name listed in the record book five times — the other events include the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly, and the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys
Junior Pia Pavlic had a lifetime performance of her own in the 200-yard individual medley in the ‘A’ finals with a swim of 2:01.69.
Freshman Haley Bishop represented KU in the ‘A’ finals with a swim of 23.32, placing seventh.
Big 12 Championships
Thursday in Austin, Texas
Team scores: Texas 376, Iowa State 203.5, Kansas 200.5, West Virginia 171, TCU 150.
500 freestyle — 3. Chelsie Miller, 4:43.24; 8. Sammie Schurig, 4:58.72; 13. Lindsay Manning, 4:59.13.
200 IM — 5. Pia Pavlic, 2:01.69; 9. Madison Straight, 2:03.63; 13. Gretchen Pocisk, 2:05.43; 14. Lydia Pocisk, 2:06.10; 21. Anna Peirano, 2:10.11.
50 freestyle — 7. Haley Bishop, 23.32; 12. Breonna Barker, 23.51; 13. Yulduz Kuchkarova, 23.53; 15. Leah Pfitzer, 23.60; 20. Taylor Sieperda, 23.96; 21. Hannah Driscoll, 24.01.
400 medley relay — 2. Yulduz Kuchkarova, Bryce Hinde, Pia Pavlic, Breonna Barker, 3:39.61.