Six Huskers qualified for finals on Saturday morning at the Big Ten Championships
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Hardewig, Collura Lead Huskers in Session Six

By NU Athletic Communications

Minneapolis, Minn. - Samantha Hardewig finished 12th in the 200 breast and Taryn Collura took 12th in the 100 free, as the Nebraska swimming and diving team completed the final preliminary session of the Big Ten Championships. The Huskers competed in the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly on Saturday morning at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

In the morning's first event, the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries, Rebekah Land raced to a career-best 1:58.69, finishing 21st. The junior earned an NCAA B Cut, the fourth spot on NU's all-time list in the event and a spot in this evening's C final.

200-Yard Backstroke Preliminary Results 

18th - Rebekah Land, 1:58.69 (Career Best, NCAA B Cut)
30th - Erin Oeltjen, 2:00.19 
43rd - Megan Ziemann, 2:02.31 (Career Best)
56th - Jacqueline Juffer, 2:07.03 (Career Best)

Taryn Collura continued to shine for the Huskers, taking 12th in the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best 49.54. Collura earned an NCAA B cut and guaranteed her third straight point-scoring effort by claiming a spot in the B final.

100-yard Freestyle Preliminary Results
12th - Taryn Collura, 49.54 (Season Best, NCAA B Cut)
43rd - Alexandra Bilunas, 50.96 (Career Best)
45th - Bria Deveaux, 51.22 
60th - Kelly Dunn, 51.53 (Season Best)

In the 200-yard breaststroke preliminaries, Samantha Hardewig shaved nearly six and a half seconds off her career-best time, finishing in 2:14.69 to take 12th. Hardewig earned an NCAA B cut and a spot in the evening's B final. 

Katie Ditter also swam a career best in the event for the Huskers, taking 24th with a time of 2:18.35. The sophomore will compete in Saturday evening's C final. 

200-yard Breaststroke Preliminary Results
12th - Samantha Hardewig, 2:14.69 (Career Best, NCAA B Cut)
24th - Katie Ditter, 2:18.35 (Career Best)

32nd - Kristin Strecker, 2:20.43
34th - Krista Van Wie, 2:20.90 (Career Best)
41st - Ciara Jenkins, 2:24.87 (Season Best)

In the session's final event, Natalie Morris and Julia Roller took 17th and 19th in the 200-yard butterfly prelims. Both Morris (2:00.66) and Roller (2:01.12) swam career-best times en route to earning spots in the evening's C final.

200-yard Butterfly Preliminary Results
17th - Natalie Morris, 2:00.66 (Career Best)

19th - Julia Roller, 2:01.12 (Career Best)
35th - Melisa Mexia, 2:04.63

The final session of the Big Ten Championships, including the finals of Saturday morning's events, the 1,650-yard freestyle, the platform dive and the 400-yard freestyle relay, will take place on Saturday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Check back in to and follow @HuskerSwim on Twitter for updates.


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