Gruber Qualifies for 2005 NCAA Championships

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Kansas swimming and diving team took third place at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Jayhawks recorded 614 team points and finished behind second-place North Carolina by 190 points. Seven events, including the three-meter diving competition, took place on the final day of the three-day meet.

"It was a great three-day meet for us," head coach Clark Campbell said. "We had some great individual performance and we also had an outstanding team battle for third place with a nationally-ranked team in Virginia Tech."

Kansas' day was highlighted by a couple of first place finishes. Senior Amy Gruber won the 100 freestyle event with a time of 49.70. The Bigelow, Ark., native's time was NCAA 'A' Standard time, which automatically qualifies her to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championships. Gruber is the first Kansas woman swimmer to record an NCAA 'A' Standard time.

Taking home Kansas' other first place finish of the meet was sophomore Shelby Noonan on the three-meter diving board. The Edmond, Okla., native recorded a final total of 487.40, which qualifies her to compete in the 2005 NCAA Zone Diving Championships.

Gruber also teamed up with senior Aly Colver, junior Gina Gnatzig and freshman Terri Schramka to finish second in the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The team finished with a season-best time of 3:24.47, for the Jayhawks.

"We were very proud of Shelby Noonan and Amy Gruber for winning their events," Campbell added. "We are looking forward to the spring season which includes the Big 12 and NCAA Championships, and the World Championship Trials."

The Jayhawks will next be in action when they host Houston and Harvard for simultaneous duals, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 12 p.m., at Robinson Natatorium in Lawrence, Kan.


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