The Huskers begin competition at the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday at 10 a.m.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to Hawkeye Invitational

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska at Hawkeye Invitational
Date: Dec. 6-8

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Iowa City, Iowa
Time: 10 a.m./6 p.m. (Friday/Saturday), 10 a.m./4 p.m. (Sunday) 

The Nebraska swimming and diving team travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 6, for the annual Hawkeye Invitational held at the University of Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The squad will compete at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's competition taking place at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Nebraska will compete against Boise State, Denver, Milwaukee, Notre Dame, Washington State and the meet hosts, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa State will also attend the meet, competing solely in the diving events.

All sessions of the Hawkeye Invitational will be streamed live at the link provided, and live stats will also be available through 

Last season's Hawkeye Invitational saw Nebraska finish second behind Michigan, but ahead of Iowa and Northwestern. The Huskers also swam against Notre Dame and Washington State in 2012-13, falling to the Fighting Irish at the Kansas Classic and defeating the Cougars in a holiday training relay meet.

The Hawkeye Invitational will mark the second time Nebraska has faced Iowa this season. The Hawkeyes pulled away down the stretch for a 167-133 victory over the Huskers on Nov. 15 at the Devaney Natatorium.

Following this weekend's trip to Iowa City, Nebraska will have a week to prepare for two road duals that will close out fall competition for the squad. First, the Huskers will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers on Friday, Dec. 13. The following day, Dec. 14, the squad will travel to Omaha, Neb., to face the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha.

As always, check back in to for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team, and follow @HuskerSwim for live tweets from this weekend's competition.

Hawkeye Invitational Schedule
Friday Dec. 6 10 a.m.  6 p.m.
   500 Free  200 Free Relay
   200 IM  500 Free
   50 Free  200 IM
   1M Dive  50 Free
     1M Dive
     400 Medley Relay
Saturday Dec. 7  10 a.m.  6 p.m.
   400 IM  200 Medley Relay
   100 Fly  400 IM
   200 Free  100 Fly
   100 Breast  200 Free
   100 Back  100 Breast
   3M Dive  100 Back
     3M Dive
     800 Free Relay
Sunday Dec. 8  10 a.m.  4 p.m.
   200 Back  1,650 Free
   100 Free  200 Back
   200 Breast  100 Free
   200 Fly  200 Breast
   Platform Dive  200 Fly
     Platform Dive
     400 Free Relay

Last Time at Hawkeye Invitational: Huskers Make Statement, Finish Second in Iowa City (12/3/12)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team finished in second place with an overall score of 670 points in the Hawkeye Invitational at the University of Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Sunday. 

The squad finished behind Michigan (876.5), but defeated Iowa (559.5) and Northwestern (472.5), both of which finished above the Huskers at last season's Big Ten Championships. 

The Huskers had a wide variety of standout performances during Sunday afternoon's finals. Bailey Pons got things started with a fourth place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:38.50). 

The trio of Ariel Weech (49.75), Hayley Martin (49.90), and Taryn Collura (49.98) finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Weech's time was the third best in school history and was less than a second off the current school record of 48.76. 

Kristin Strecker and Ashley Reiter tied for fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.10. Natalie Morris added a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.26). 

In the diving well, Amy Herman (266.55), Kailey Harmon (237.90), and Nicole Schwery (233.60) placed second, fourth, and fifth in the platform dive, respectively. 

Other top-16 finishers on the day were Ellan Dufour (200 Back), Morgan Flannigan (1,650 Free), Katt Sickle (1,650 Free), Shannon Guy (200 Fly), Melisa Mexia (200 Fly), Kelsey Larson (200 Breast), and Nikolina Sabo (200 Breast). 

Nebraska finished the day with a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Huskers lost a tight race to Michigan, losing by 28 hundredths of a second. The team of Weech, Martin, Dunn, and Collura had the fourth fastest time in school history, finishing in a time of 3:21.27. 

Overall, Nebraska accumulated 47 top-16 finishes on the weekend. However, the only win came in the first event of the meet, when the Huskers' 200-yard freestyle relay team finished in a time of 1:31.07, just one hundredth of a second slower than the school record. 

Notably, Hayley Martin set a school record with her time of 54.25 in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries on Saturday. Therese Alshammar, who posted a time of 54.77 in 1998, held the previous record.

Last Time Out: Huskers Make Move, Take Second at Kansas Classic (11/24/13)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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


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