Huskers Make Move, Take Second at Kansas Classic
Topeka, Kan. - Natalie Morris won the 200-yard butterfly in meet-record time, Taryn Collura took home the 100-yard freestyle crown and the Huskers surged past Iowa State for second place at the Kansas Classic on Sunday afternoon. Nebraska finished the meet with a total of 795.5, outscoring the Cyclones by 35 points.
The final session's first event saw Bailey Pons (17:13.58) and Morgan Flannigan (17:29.94) finish fifth and seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the Huskers. Both Pons and Flannigan swam season-best times, joining Ashleigh Grammar, who swam a season-best 18:17.23 on her way to 12th place in the event. Sophomore Michaela Cunningham finished 14th with a time of 18:32.69.
1,650-yard Freestyle Results
5th - Bailey Pons, 17:13.58 (Season Best)
7th - Morgan Flannigan, 17:29.94 (Season Best)
12th - Ashleigh Grammar, 18:17.23 (Season Best)
14th - Michaela Cunningham, 18:32.69
In the 200-yard backstroke, Nebraska's Erin Oeltjen (2:06.69) and Rebekah Land (2:06.82) took 6th and 8th, respectively. Land's time was a season best in the event. Additionally, Jacqueline Juffer and Megan Ziemann finished 15th and 22nd in the event for the Huskers.
200-yard Backstroke Results
6th - Erin Oeltjen, 2:06.69
8th - Rebekah Land, 2:06.82 (Season Best)
15th - Jacqueline Juffer, 2:10.45
22nd - Megan Ziemann, 2:11.80
The 100-yard freestyle saw four Huskers finish in the top seven, with Collura (51.18) earning her second victory of the meet. Bria Deveaux (52.33), Alexandra Bilunas (52.42) and Shannon Guy (53.12) took 5th, 6th and 7th. Collura, Bilunas and Guy joined four other Huskers who swam season-best times in the event on Sunday.
100-yard Freestyle Results
1st - Taryn Collura, 51.18 (Season Best)
5th - Bria Deveaux, 52.33
6th - Alexandra Bilunas, 52.42 (Season Best)
7th - Shannon Guy, 53.12 (Career Best)
12th - Kelly Dunn, 53.19 (Season Best)
19th - Morgan Flannigan, 53.71 (Season Best)
27th - Julia Roller, 54.43 (Prelims) (Career Best)
29th - Bailey Pons, 54.54 (Season Best)
Nebraska's Kristin Strecker (2:22.33), Katie Ditter (2:25.57) and Samantha Hardewig (2:26.04) finished fifth, seventh and 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke. Strecker and Hardewig posted season-best times in the finals, while Ditter swam a career-best 2:24.86 in the prelims.
200-yard Breaststroke Results
5th - Kristin Strecker, 2:22.33 (Season Best)
7th - Katie Ditter, 2:25.57
11th - Samantha Hardewig, 2:26.04 (Season Best)
15th - Krista Van Wie, 2:29.60
18th - Ciara Jenkins, 2:29.88 (Season Best)
28th - Michaela Cunningham, 2:35.98
34th - Ashleigh Grammar, 2:41.43 (Season Best)
In the meet's final individual event, the 200-yard butterfly, Natalie Morris (2:03.33) and Melisa Mexia (2:07.61) earned the top two spots for the Huskers. For Morris, her time was a season best and a Kansas Classic meet record. Freshman Julia Roller also excelled, finishing 10th in the event.
200-yard Butterfly Results
1st - Natalie Morris, 2:03.33 (Season Best)
2nd - Melisa Mexia, 2:07.61
10th - Julia Roller, 2:09.08
The Huskers finished the Kansas Classic as strong as they started, earning a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Nebraska's team of Bilunas, Deveaux, Guy and Collura beat second-place Iowa State by nearly two full seconds, finishing in 3:27.43.
Overall, the Huskers won seven of the meet's 18 events, including three of the five relays. Nebraska's top individual performance came from Collura, who won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Collura joined Morgan Sharp of Kansas (200 and 500 Free), Chelsie Miller of Kansas (200 and 400 IM) and Imelda Wistey of Iowa State (100 and 200 Breast) as the meet's only multievent winners.
The Husker swimmers will next compete at the Hawkeye Invitational, joining the Nebraska divers in Iowa City, Iowa, Dec. 6-8. Check back in to Huskers.com and follow @HuskerSwim on Twitter for any and all updates on the Nebraska swimming and diving team.
Kansas Classic Final Team Results
1st - Kansas, 932.5
2nd - Nebraska, 795.5
3rd - Iowa State, 760.5
4th - Air Force, 555.5
5th - Nebraska-Omaha, 238
6th - Northern Iowa, 172