Photo by Josh Wenger/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Top Illinois

By NU Athletic Communications

Champaign- The Nebraska swimming and diving program traveled to Champaign on January 27 to take on Illinois in their first dual of the season. The Huskers defeated Illinois with a final score of 174-126.

The Big Red started the meet strong with a second-place performance in the 200-meter medley relay with Clara Walstad, Gwen Worlton, Dana Posthuma and Allie Worrall in the lane (1:45.30).

Audrey Coffey (10:19.97), Kaylyn Flatt (10:23.99) and Anna Kilpatrick (10:25.74) swept the top three spots in the 1000-meter freestyle, respectively. 

Sophomore Autumn Haebig posted a first-place performance in the 200-meter freestyle (1:51.22) and Walstad found a first-place finish of her own in the 100-meter backstroke (55.59).

In the 100-meter breaststroke, Worlton took first place (1:05.18).

Posthuma put a first-place win in the 200-meter butterfly on the board (2:02.35) followed by Maggie Berning for third (2:04.54).

Helferich earned a second-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle (24.08).

Haebig added to her productive day in the lanes with a second-place performance in the 100-meter freestyle and Anna McDonald finished first in the 200-meter backstroke.

Worlton found her second first-place finish of the day in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:19.71) and Tori Beeler followed for third (2:22.26).

The Big Red swept the top-three positions in the 500-meter freestyle with Coffey (5:06.11), Powers (5:08.26) and Flatt (5:08.30) in the lanes, respectively. 

Posthuma finished second (55.55) in the 100-meter butterfly and Izzie Murray followed for third (57.80).

In the 400-meter IM, McDonald posted a second-place performance (4:30.05) for the Big Red, followed by Coughlen for third (4:34.87).

The Huskers had another strong relay in the 400-meter freestyle, finishing second with Helferich, Gonzalez-Garcia, Worrall and Haebig in the pool (3:29.35).

On the diving front, Sara Troyer took home first in the three-meter dive (311.85) and Abi Knapton followed for second (308.77). Jessica Warak came in third in the one-meter dive (274.72).

The Huskers will return home to the Devaney Natatorium Friday, Feb 1 at 5 p.m. as they host Rutgers in their first home meet of 2019.

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