It was senior day for the Kansas swimming and diving team on Saturday as part of the second day of the Kansas Double Dual meet against South Dakota and Missouri State. The team sent a strong message by winning both matchups in convincing fashion with a 261-87 win over South Dakota and a 244-101 victory over Missouri State inside Robinson Natatorium.
KU celebrated their seven seniors (Carly Straight, Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Haley Downey, Jenny Nusbaum, Katy Schlies, Libby Walker and Peri Charapich) prior to the start of Saturday's contest as part of their senior day traditions. And then, the seniors set the tempo for the team moving forward. Straight (100-yard freestyle), Amato-Hanner (200-yard backstroke) and Nusbaum (500-yard freestyle) all claimed first-place finishes in individual events.
In diving, it was freshman Jiayu Chen who claimed her second top finish on the weekend. In the 3-meter diving, she totaled a final score of 287.20, which was just under 4 points ahead of fellow KU freshman Franny Cable (283.75).
The nine first-place finishes, combined with their eight from Friday, gave the Jayhawks 17 top finishes out of 19 total events held on the weekend.