Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska swimming and diving team lost a tight contest to San
Diego State 158-142 on Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Natatorium. The
Huskers fell to 10-1 on the season following the loss.
The Huskers got off to a
great start, winning the meet's opening event, the 200-yard medley relay by 31
hundredths of a second.
Bailey Pons and Hayley
Martin then won the 1,000- and 200-yard freestyles, respectively, to give
Nebraska an early lead. Pons' time of 10:06.52 beat her previous career-best in
the 1,000-yard freestyle by 6.36 seconds.
San Diego State started to
chip away at the lead with wins by Leona Jennings in the 100-yard backstroke
and Katelyn Weddle in the 100-yard breaststroke. Anna Steiner added a victory
in the three-meter dive to draw the Aztecs even closer.
Ariel Weech and Taryn
Collura would then split first place in the 50-yard freestyle and finish first
and second, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle to push the Huskers back in
Following the 100-yard
freestyle, the Aztecs would win six of the last seven events on the way to
victory. Junior Mikaela Macklin led the charge, winning the 200-yard breaststroke
and 200-yard individual medley.
Senior Leona Jennings added
her second victory of the day in the 200-yard backstroke as San Diego State
improved to 9-1 on the year.
Other Husker winners on the day were Natalie Morris in the 200-yard
butterfly (2:05.31) and Amy Herman in the one-meter dive (296.32). Herman's
score was a career best in the event.
This weekend's meet was the beginning of a three week stretch of meets
for the Huskers. Next weekend the Huskers will travel to Champaign, Illinois,
for a dual on Jan. 26 against Big Ten foe Illinois.
following weekend will see the squad journey to Evanston, Illinois, for the
Northwestern Dual Meet Invite on Feb 1. After that, Nebraska will have nearly
three weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships held Feb. 20-23.