Huskers Finish Fall with Duals at UNI and UNO
Nebraska at Northern Iowa
Date: Dec. 13
Location: Wellness and Recreation Center Pool, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Time: 3 p.m.
Nebraska at Nebraska-Omaha
Date: Dec. 14
Location: HPER Swimming Pool, Omaha, Neb.
Time: 2 p.m.
The Nebraska swimming and diving team travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 13, to face Northern Iowa in a dual at the Panthers' Wellness and Recreation Center Pool. The dual will begin at 3 p.m., as the Huskers look to improve to 6-0 all time against UNI.
Northern Iowa is 0-5 in dual meets this season, falling to Iowa, Michigan State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and North Dakota. However, the Panthers are coming off a victory in the Nebraska-Omaha Invitational last weekend. In addition, both NU and UNI competed at the Kansas Classic, with the Huskers claiming second and the Panthers finishing sixth.
Friday's meet will mark the second time the Huskers have faced UNI head coach Doug Humphrey in a dual following his departure from Nebraska after the 2011-12 season. Humphrey spent 20 years with the Huskers from 1991-2012 (five years as a swimmer, four as a graduate assistant, and eleven as an assistant).
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Huskers turn around to face the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha in a dual beginning at 2 p.m. at UNO's HPER Swimming Pool. NU is 17-0 all time against UNO.
The Mavericks are 2-8 in dual meets this season, with victories against Colorado Mesa and Colorado Mines. Nebraska-Omaha has lost to Iowa State, Air Force and Kansas, among others. Nebraska also competed against UNO at the Kansas Classic, where the Mavericks finished fifth.
The Huskers faced Nebraska-Omaha in two duals last season, winning 154-83 in Omaha and 154-81 in Lincoln. Overall, Nebraska won 24 out of the 26 events on the way to its fifth and sixth victories of the season.
Following this weekend's duals, the Huskers will have nearly three weeks before they take their annual holiday training trip. After that, the squad will next compete on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host conference rival Illinois at 11 a.m. on senior day.
As always, check back in to Huskers.com for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team, and follow @HuskerSwim for tweets from this weekend's competition.
Last Time vs Northern Iowa: Huskers Down Panthers, Reach 10-0 (11/10/12)
The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated Northern Iowa 155-82 Saturday morning at the Devaney Natatorium. With the victory, the Huskers improved to 10-0 in duals on the season.
The Huskers won all thirteen events on the day in another impressive showing. It was the squad's first time facing Northern Iowa since 2007, and the first time facing UNI head coach Doug Humphrey since his move from Nebraska after last season. Humphrey spent 20 years with the Huskers from 1991-2011 (five years as a swimmer, four as a graduate assistant, and eleven as an assistant).
Juniors Bailey Pons and Payton Michaud led the way for Nebraska on the day. Pons won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.27) and 500-yard freestyle (4:59.71), while Michaud was victorious in both the one-meter dive (297.60) and three-meter dive (302.63).
Hayley Martin, Natalie Morris, Taryn Collura, Katie Ditter, Katie Davis, Ellan Dufour, and Morgan Flannigan also tallied victories for the Huskers, as the squad continued its spread-out success. Combined with Friday's victory over South Dakota State, Nebraska had 18 different swimmers who either won individual events or were a part of winning relay teams on the weekend.
Last Time vs Nebraska-Omaha: Huskers Drop Mavericks In Pair (10/22/12)
The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated Nebraska-Omaha 154-83 on Friday at the HPER Swimming Pool in Omaha, Neb., and 154-81 on Saturday at the Devaney Natatorium. The wins improved Nebraska's dual record to 4-0 on the season after last weekend's victories against North Dakota and St. Cloud State. They also improved to 17-0 all time against UNO.
On Friday, the Huskers won nine out of the eleven individual events, while winning both the 400-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. A number of swimmers contributed to the victory, but junior Payton Michaud and senior Hayley Martin played significant roles on the day. Michaud won both the one-meter dive (289.57) and the three-meter dive (310.65), while Martin won the 50-yard freestyle (23.87) and was a part of both winning relay teams.
Other Husker winners on Friday were Bailey Pons (1,000-yard free), Katt Sickle (200-yard free), Natalie Morris (200-yard fly), Ariel Weech (100-yard free), Ellan Dufour (200-yard back), and Morgan Flannigan (500-yard free).
On Saturday, the Huskers won all eleven individual events and both relays. Juniors Shannon Guy and Bailey Pons led the squad, each winning two events on the day. Guy was victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.82) and 100-yard butterfly (57.57), while Pons took first place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.96) and 1,650-yard freestyle (17:22.10).
Morgan Flannigan (200-yard free), Ariel Weech (50-yard free), Katie Davis (200-yard IM), Kelly Dunn (100-yard free), Ellan Dufour (100-yard back), Amy Herman (one-meter dive), and Payton Michaud (three-meter dive) were the other event winners for the Huskers.
Last Time Out: Huskers Hold Off Hawkeyes, Take Third in Iowa City (12/8/13)
Taryn Collura won the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best time, Nicole Schwery took home second place in the platform dive and the Huskers held off Iowa for third place at the Hawkeye Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Nebraska finished the meet with a total of 462, outscoring the Hawkeyes by 26 points.
The final session's first event saw Bailey Pons (16:47.94) and Morgan Flannigan (17:03.73) finish fourth and ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Huskers. Both Pons and Flannigan swam season-best times, joining Ashleigh Grammar (22nd) and Michaela Cunningham (26th), who swam respective season-best times of 17:52.64 and 18:11.25.
1,650-yard Freestyle Results
4th - Bailey Pons, 16:47.94 (Season Best)
9th - Morgan Flannigan, 17:03.73 (Season Best)
22nd - Ashleigh Grammar, 17:52.64 (Season Best)
26th - Michaela Cunningham, 18:11.25 (Season Best)
In the 200-yard backstroke, Nebraska's Erin Oeltjen (1:59.19) and Rebekah Land (2:02.13) took seventh and 16th, respectively. Oeltjen's time was a career best, while Land swam a career-best 2:02.00 in the prelims. Additionally, Megan Ziemann and Jacqueline Juffer finished 24th and 35th in the event for the Huskers.
200-yard Backstroke Results
7th - Erin Oeltjen, 1:59.19 (Career Best)
16th - Rebekah Land, 2:02.13
24th - Megan Ziemann, 2:04.61 (Season Best)
35th - Jacqueline Juffer, 2:08.56
The 100-yard freestyle saw Taryn Collura swim a season-best 50.03 on her way to victory. Alexandra Bilunas (51.62), Bria Deveaux (50.99) and Shannon Guy (51.73) took 15th, 17th and 20th. Both Deveaux and Guy swam career bests in the finals, while Bilunas swam a career-best 51.40 in the prelims.
100-yard Freestyle Results
1st - Taryn Collura, 50.03 (Season Best)
15th - Alexandra Bilunas, 51.62
17th - Bria Deveaux, 50.99 (Career Best)
20th - Shannon Guy, 51.73 (Career Best)
24th - Kelly Dunn, 52.03
29th - Morgan Flannigan, 52.25 (Career Best)
41st - Bailey Pons, 53.30 (Season Best)
45th - Ashleigh Grammar, 53.92 (Career Best)
Nebraska's Kristin Strecker (2:18.79), Katie Ditter (2:19.37) and Samantha Hardewig (2:21.09) finished 14th, 19th and 21st in the 200-yard breaststroke. Ditter and Hardewig posted career-best times in the finals, while Strecker swam a season-best 2:17.99 in the prelims.
200-yard Breaststroke Results
14th - Kristin Strecker, 2:18.79
19th - Katie Ditter, 2:19.37 (Career Best)
21st - Samantha Hardewig, 2:21.09 (Career Best)
27th - Krista Van Wie, 2:24.40 (Career Best)
29th - Ciara Jenkins, 2:26.17 (Season Best)
33rd - Michaela Cunningham, 2:28.65 (Season Best)
In the 200-yard butterfly, Natalie Morris (2:01.39) and Melisa Mexia (2:01.32) earned fifth and ninth for the Huskers. For Morris, her time was a season best in the event. Mexia's time was a career best, joining Julia Roller, who finished 13th in a career-best 2:03.34.
200-yard Butterfly Results
5th - Natalie Morris, 2:01.39 (Season Best)
9th - Melisa Mexia, 2:01.32 (Career Best)
13th - Julia Roller, 2:03.34 (Career Best)
In the meet's final individual event, the platform dive, Nicole Schwery took second place with a score of 250.35. Schwery dove her way to a season best earlier in the day, scoring a 256.15 in the prelims. Kaitlan Walker also made the evening's finals, recording a season-best 216.65 on her way to eighth place.
Platform Diving Results
2nd - Nicole Schwery, 250.35
8th - Kaitlan Walker, 216.65 (Season Best)
The Huskers finished the Hawkeye Invitational with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Nebraska's team of Bilunas, Deveaux, Guy and Collura swam a season-best time of 3:23.41.
Overall, Nebraska earned eight top-five finishes, including victories from Collura (100 free) and Anna Filipcic (three-meter dive). Collura added a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, while Schwery gave the Huskers their second top-two finish in the diving events on Sunday.
Hawkeye Invitational Final Team Results
1st - Notre Dame, 823
2nd - Boise State, 742.5
3rd - Nebraska, 462
4th - Iowa, 436
5th - Denver, 415
6th - Washington State, 387.5
7th - Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 226
8th - Iowa State (Diving Only), 48