KU swimming in 2nd at Big 12

Saturday, February 27, 2016

— Kansas University earned 12 podium finishes to climb back up to second place in the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

Chelsie Miller placed second in the 400 individual medley and Yulya Kuchkarova was runner-up in the 100 back, while KU’s Pia Pavlic touched out teammate Haley Bishop for second in the 100 fly.

Pavlic finished in 53.80 seconds, Bishop in 53.81.

“That race was just awesome,” KU coach Clark Campbell said. “Those two and the two Texas kids, hundredths of seconds separated four kids, it was so exciting. I had no idea until the times came up who was where because it just looked like a simultaneous touch, and they eked it out. We worked a lot on finishes in practices, so it was nice to see it come through in a race.”

Texas leads the team race with one day remaining with 707 points. KU is second at 434.5. Iowa State is third at 386.5, West Virginia is fourth at 361 and TCU fifth at 278.

The meet concludes today.

“Today was really, really good,” Campbell said. “The team stepped up and really had a tremendous morning and then came back and we were even faster tonight. It was really cool seeing the team step up and reach a high level of performance. From the 400 IM on, we just kept rolling at a super high level. Tomorrow should be a lot of fun.”

Team scores (through three of four days): Texas 707, Kansas 434.5, Iowa State 386.5, West Virginia 361, TCU 278.

Kansas Results

400 IM — 2. Chelsie Miller, 4:09.28. 5. Libby Walker, 4:19.74. 7. Madison Straight, 4:22.16.

100 fly — 2. Pia Pavlic, 53.80. 3. Haley Bishop, 53.81. 8. Hannah Angell, 56.07. 11. Leah Pfitzer, 55.81.

200 free — 3. Breonna Barker, 1:49.27. 4. Haley Molden, 1:49.29. 9. Sammie Schurig, 1:50.62.

100 breast — 5. Bryce Hinde, 1:02.41. 8. Gretchen Pocisk, 1:03.83. 11. Lydia Pocisk, 1:03.62.

100 back — 2. Yulduz Kuchkarova, 53.60. 10. Angell, 55.72. 11. Madison Hutchison, 55.80. 13. Taylor Sieperda, 56.49.

200 free relay —2. Bishop, Pavlic, Barker, Molden, 1:32.67.