Minneapolis, Minn. - The Nebraska swimming and diving team completed its second full day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on Friday evening at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Huskers had six individual swimmers, four divers, and the 400-yard medley relay team competing in final rounds during the meet's fifth session.
The Huskers began the fifth session by setting a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Hayley Martin, Ashley Reiter, Shannon Guy, and Ariel Weech finished in a time of 3:39.36, earning them seventh place. The previous school record of 3:40.65 was set in 1995 by Jane Glazebrook, Penny Heyns, Destiny Lauren, and Melanie Dodd.
Nebraska's first individual competitor, Katie Davis, finished seventh in the C Final of the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:22.68. Davis finished 23rd overall in the event, 15 places higher than her finish at last season's Big Ten Championships.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Shannon Guy took fifth place with a time of 53.30 seconds. This came after setting a new school record of 53.23 seconds during the morning session. Guy's fifth place finish was the highest ever for a Husker individual at the Big Ten Championships. Head Coach Pablo Morales was proud of her accomplishment.
"Shannon stepped up nicely in her first championship final," Morales said. "With the time she swam, she has a shot at making the NCAA's. We'll just have to wait and see."
Taryn Collura (55.32) and Bria Deveaux (55.36) competed in the C Final of the event, finishing 20th and 21st, respectively.
The final swimming event of the day saw Hayley Martin finish 11th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.55 seconds. Martin set the school record of 53.81 seconds in Friday morning's session.
Senior Ellan Dufour placed 18th in the event with a career-best time of 55.61 seconds. Dufour is second behind Martin on the all-time Nebraska list.
In the diving well, Amy Herman finished 14th in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 292.15. The senior was the lone Husker to compete in finals for the event. Kailey Harmon, Nicole Schwery, and Payton Michaud finished 19th, 20th, and 21st, respectively.
Three-Meter Diving Results
14th - Amy Herman, 292.15
19th - Kailey Harmon, 285.50
20th - Nicole Schwery, 285.00
21st - Payton Michaud, 279.05
Following the session, Coach Morales commented on his team's performance and looked ahead to the final day of the Big Ten Championships.
"It was a good day all in all," Morales said. "We're definitely in a battle with Iowa and Northwestern for eighth place and we're going to have an interesting final day. Saturday will be our fourth day and feel like our fourth quarter. It's been a grueling three days and everybody's coming in a little bit weary. The team that comes out strong, puts its weariness aside, and battles will be the one that has the most success."
The Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships will resume on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The session will feature the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard butterfly. Check back in to Huskers.com and follow @HuskerSwim on Twitter for updates.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14
1. University of Minnesota 573.5
2. Indiana University 422.5
3. Pennsylvania State University 342.5
4. Ohio State University 263
5. Purdue University 238.5
6. Michigan, University of 221
7. Wisconsin, University of 195
8. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 137
9. Northwestern University 131
10. University of Iowa 98
11. Michigan State University 46
12. University of Illinois 42