Huskers Split Double Dual with Iowa and SDSU
Lincoln, Neb.- Five different Huskers claimed individual victories as the Nebraska swimming and diving team split its double dual with Iowa and South Dakota State on Friday afternoon. The Huskers outpaced the Jackrabbits 232-68, but fell to the Hawkeyes 167-133.
Nebraska's 200-yard medley relay team of Jacqueline Juffer, Shannon Guy, Natalie Morris and Taryn Collura won the meet's opening event, edging Iowa by 1.03 seconds to give the Huskers an early lead. However, the Hawkeyes would win three of the next four events to forge ahead.
Iowa's Becky Stoughton, Olivia Kabacinski and Emma Sougstad claimed the 1,000 free, 200 free and 100 breast to put the Hawkeyes in the lead. Stoughton would later add a victory in the 500 free, finishing as the meet's lone multi-event winner.
Following the 100-yard breaststroke, the Huskers won four straight events to energize the crowd and reclaim their lead heading into the final stretch.
Nebraska's run began with the meet's closest event, the 200-yard butterfly. Husker junior Natalie Morris out-touched Iowa's Abbey Tuchscherer by one-hundredth of a second to claim her fourth victory of the season, finishing in 2:04.08.
The meet's next event saw Nebraska's Alexandra Bilunas swim a season-best 23.80 in the 50-yard freestyle on the way to her first victory of the season. Fellow sprint freestyler Taryn Collura would then add a victory in the 100-yard freestyle for her second win of the season. Collura's time of 51.76 also marked a season-best in the event.
In the diving well, Huskers Anna Filipcic and Payton Michaud took first and second in the three-meter dive to continue Nebraska's momentum. Filipcic posted a career-best score of 311.25, while Michaud scored a season-best 311.00.
After Nebraska's run gave them the lead, the Hawkeyes went on a run of their own, winning the meet's last six individual events to seal the victory. Iowa's streak included wins from Stoughton, Lindsay Seemann, Karolina Wartalowicz, Haley Gordon, Abigail Grilli and Allie Orvis.
The Huskers won the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:27.86. Nebraska's squad of Bilunas, Collura, Bria Deveaux and Shannon Guy won a tight race, edging Iowa by 42-hundredths of a second.
Other outstanding performers for Nebraska were sophomore Jacqueline Juffer and freshman Erin Oeltjen. Juffer earned the Huskers' first individual event victory, taking the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.80, while Oeltjen posted a career-best time of 2:06.00 in the 200-yard backstroke to earn second place.
South Dakota State earned three top-five finishes on the day, adding a 252-48 loss against Iowa to its loss against Nebraska. Emily Campbell (200 breast), Emma Gaulke-Janowski (1,000 free) and Julia Bodnaruk (200 free) earned third-, fifth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, for the Jackrabbits.
Overall, Nebraska won seven of the meet's 16 events, pushing its season record to 1-2-1. Iowa won the meet's other nine events, improving to 4-1, while South Dakota State fell to 3-5.
The Husker divers have less than a week to prepare for their trip to Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 21 for the Mizzou Invitational. The following day, Nov. 22, the Nebraska swimmers will travel to Topeka, Kan. for the Kansas Classic.
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