Kukors Wins Gold at U.S. Open

Aug. 5, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Husky sophomore sensation Ariana Kukors earned a berth in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia by winning the 200-meter individual medley last week at the 2008 U.S. Open swimming championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

Kukors, who trains locally with King Aquatic Club, earned one of 26 spots on the U.S. National Team for the World University Games next summer. A total of 13 men and 13 women earned a berth in the games by winning their respective events.

After winning the preliminary 200-IM race in 2 minutes, 14.99 seconds, Kukors lowered the U.S. Open meet record to 2:11.53 in the final to defeat Ava Ohlgren by nearly two seconds. Ohlgren turned first at the half-way point but Kukors captured the gold after overtaking her on the breaststroke leg of the race.

In her only other event of the competition, Kukors finished seventh in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:10.55.

Other Husky women who posted top-20 finishes were Genevieve Patterson, who placed 17th in the 100-meter breaststroke and Erin Campbell, who finished 20th in the 100-meter butterfly. Additionally, the Washington Aquatics 4x100-meter relay team, which included Huskies Campbell, Patterson, Emilee Jennings and Lindsey Sharp, finished 10th.

On the men's side, Andre Blyth finished 16th in the 100-meter butterfly, Scott Spansail placed 19th in the 400-meter freestyle and Jon Banker finished 20th in the 100-meter backstroke.

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