The Huskers host the Illini in their final home meet of the season on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Photo by Nate Olsen/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Return to Pool Against Illini

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska vs. Illinois
Date: Jan. 25
Location: Devaney Natatorium, Lincoln, Neb.
Time: 11 a.m.

The Nebraska swimming and diving team returns to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a conference dual against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Huskers will look to improve on their 3-2-1 dual-meet record as they face an 8-5-1 Illinois squad.

Saturday's dual marks the seventh-straight season the two squads will face off, after never competing against each other prior to 2007. Last season, the Huskers defeated the Illini 194-106 in Champaigne, Ill., winning 12 of the meet's 16 events. Despite the victory, Illinois holds a 4-2 all-time series advantage.

Illinois began this season 5-2, including a loss to Northwestern and wins over Michigan State and Kansas. Since then, the Illini have a 3-3-1 record, defeating Iowa State but falling to Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. Illinois is 1-3 against Big Ten teams in dual meets this season, compared to Nebraska's 0-1 record. The two squads share a loss to Iowa.

Saturday is Senior Day for the Huskers, as they honor eight athletes: Morgan Flannigan, Ashleigh Grammar, Shannon Guy, Payton Michaud, Bailey Pons, Kristin Strecker, Kaitlan Walker and Megan Ziemann.

This outstanding group has accumulated 332 top-five finishes, 98 individual event titles and 24 dual-meet victories over the past four seasons, including a school-record 12-win season in 2012-13. In addition, these seniors have achieved numerous awards in the classroom, earning 14 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 20 Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selections.

This weekend's meet is the beginning of the home stretch for the Huskers, who have just one more competition before the Big Ten Championships. Next weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Nebraska travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a double dual with Ohio State and Michigan.

Following their trip to Columbus, the Huskers have nearly three weeks to prepare for the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The event will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., for the second straight season, running from Feb. 19 to Feb. 22. Check back in to for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team, and follow @HuskerSwim on Twitter for live tweets during Saturday's meet.

Last Time Out: Huskers Cruise Past Mavericks in Fall Finale (12/14/13)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team won six of nine relays and Nicole Schwery won the three-meter dive on the way to an 86-34 relay meet victory over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. 

The Huskers began the meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. Nebraska's squad of Jacqueline Juffer, Kristin Strecker, Shannon Guy and Alexandra Bilunas finished in a time of 3:54.55. 

In the meet's next event, the 600-yard freestyle relay, Nebraska got its second win of the day. Morgan Flannigan, Bailey Pons and Natalie Morris finished in 5:47.86 to earn the victory for the Huskers. 

The 200-yard freestyle relay saw Juffer and Bilunas join Bria Deveaux and Rebekah Land for the Husker's third win in as many events. The squad finished four seconds ahead of Nebraska's B squad with a time of 1:38.46.

In the meet's lone individual event, the three-meter dive, Nicole Schwery took first place for the Huskers with a score of 268.27. Schwery's victory marked the first of the season for the sophomore. 

The Huskers swept the 300-yard butterfly, 300-yard backstroke and 300-yard breaststroke relays for their final three victories of the meet. Deveaux, Morris and Julia Roller took the 300 fly (2:56.27), Juffer, Land and Erin Oeltjen claimed the 300 back (2:55.46) and Guy, Strecker and Katie Ditter earned the victory in the 300 breast (3:21.02).

Nebraska-Omaha earned victories in three events, including the final two of the meet. The Mavericks won the 300 medley relay in 3:04.00, the 200 medley relay in 1:55.24 and the 400 free relay in 3:39.62. 

Last Time vs Illinois: Huskers Swim Past Illini in Champaign (1/26/13)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated conference opponent Illinois 194-106 on Saturday at the Illini's ARC Pool. The Huskers improved to 11-1 on the season following the victory.

The Huskers started strong once again, winning the 200-yard medley relay by nearly four seconds. The team of Hayley Martin, Shannon Guy, Taryn Collura, and Ariel Weech finished in a time of 1:41.63. 

Bailey Pons (10:22.01) and Morgan Flannigan (10:25.01) built off of that momentum, placing first and second, respectively, in the meet's second event, the 1,000-yard freestyle. Pons would later add a victory in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 4:59.86.

Taryn Collura continued to shine in the sprint freestyle events, winning both the 50-yard (23.41) and 100-yard (51.03) freestyles.

Shannon Guy also added two victories on the day, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.63) and 100-yard butterfly (56.56).

In the diving well, Amy Herman won both the one-meter (275.92) and three-meter (294.68) dives. Nicole Schwery and Kailey Harmon placed second and third, respectively, in both events.

The meet's final event saw Nebraska win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:27.23. The team consisted of Taryn Collura, Hayley Martin, Shannon Guy, and Kelly Dunn.

Other Husker winners on the day were Hayley Martin in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.09) and Ellan Dufour in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.26). Martin added a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle while Dufour added one in the 100-yard backstroke.

Alison Meng, Kathleen Knight, Erica Lynn, and Sarah Sykstus were the four winners for Illinois on the day. The Illini fell to 2-4 on the season with the loss.

Overall, the Huskers won 12 of the meet's 16 events, improving to 2-4 all-time against the Illini.


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