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Kansas Rallies Past Liberty, 188.5-164.5

October 7, 2017  Lawrence, Kan.  RSS
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Brittany Weiss swam on three winning relays and earned one individual event victory this weekend at Kansas.

Brittany Weiss swam on three winning relays and earned one individual event victory this weekend at Kansas.

Liberty led Kansas, 96-90, heading into Saturday's second and final day at the two-day dual meet, before the Jayhawks rallied on day two to win, 188.5-164.5 at Robinson Natatorium.

2017 Big 12 runner-up Kansas opens its season with a win, while 2017 CCSA runner-up Liberty evens its season record at 1-1. The Lady Flames are also now 1-1 all-time against Big 12 competition, having beaten TCU on Oct. 9, 2015.

On Saturday, Kansas earned five individual event victories, while Liberty claimed two individual races and won both relays. For the meet, the Jayhawks won 10 races (nine individual, one relay) and Liberty claimed nine victories (six individual, three relay).

Similarly to last week at Campbell, Liberty had six different event winners at Kansas this weekend, in Lindsey Cohee, Alicia Finnigan, Ricki Lee Hodges, Rachel Hoeve, Payton Keiner and Brittany Weiss. Kansas' Jenny Nusbaum earned the most event victories of any competitor at the meet, with three.

The Lady Flames began day two with a narrow victory in the 400 medley relay, winning by 0.25 seconds. Weiss, Hodges, Cohee and Colleen Donlin combined for a 3:49.76 showing, while Kansas went 3:50.01.

Kansas quickly gained ground, going 1-2 in the 400 IM, led by Madison Straight's 4:30.57. Kiah Francis placed third for Liberty in 4:33.59. Francis' time ranks fifth on Liberty's all-time top 10 list in the event.

The Jayhawks took a 125-116 lead after sweeping the top three spots in the 100 free. Nusbaum turned in a winning time of 51.63, while Hannah Baker was Liberty's first finisher, placing fourth in 52.80.

Keiner won the 200 back in 2:03.15, beating Kansas' Lauryn Parrish by 0.50 seconds. Keiner's 2:03.15 puts her in seventh on Liberty's all-time list for the 200 back.

Liberty then edged back into the lead, 140.5-138.5, on the strength of a fast 100 fly. Cohee swam 55.93 for the win, while Weiss tied Kansas' Haley Bishop for second in 56.69. Cohee marked her name at seventh in the program's top 10 in the 100 fly on Saturday.

The hosts regained momentum and the lead with a 1-2-3 showing in the 500 free led by Nusbaum, at 4:58.42. Ashlee Sall took fourth in 5:12.10 for the Lady Flames.

Kansas claimed the top three places in three-meter diving, with Nadia Khechfe taking the event with a 236.70. Amy Schools placed fourth for Liberty with a 126.38.

Haley Downey won the 200 breaststroke for the hosts in 2:22.13, while Lady Flame Prudence Rooker swam 2:23.71 for second place.

The Lady Flames earned the 200 free relay victory in a tight race, decided by 0.22 seconds. Liberty's quartet of Weiss, Donlin, Baker and Hoeve turned in a time of 1:35.66, while Kansas followed in 1:35.88.

Liberty will have a week off from competition before contesting the Virginia Tech Duals, Oct. 20 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. That meet will see Liberty take on Virginia Tech, North Carolina, VMI and Queens.