Senior captain Jordan Ehly and the Huskers compete at the 2017 USA Swimming Winter Nationals Nov, 29- Dec. 2.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Six Huskers Represent Nebraska at Winter Nationals

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska at 2017 USA Swimming Winter Nationals

Date: Nov. 29- Dec. 2

Location: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)

Time: Prelims (8 a.m.) | Finals (4 p.m.) CT

                                                 

Lincoln - Nebraska swimmers Jordan Ehly, Autumn Haebig, Jacqueline Jeschke, Morgan McCafferty, Anna McDonald and Izzie Murray will represent the Huskers at the 2017 USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 29- Dec. 2.

The USA Swimming Winter Nationals is an opportunity for standout student-athletes to compete in a short-course pool at a national level. The Big Red will be swimming among the likes of Olympians Melanie Margalis, Olivia Smoliga and Kelsi Worrell as well as Big Ten foe Ohio State. The special event will be televised exclusively from the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion from Columbus, Ohio by NBC on Sunday, Dec.10 from 11 a.m. to noon CT. The entire meet will be streamed online and via the NBC Sports app.

Ehly, Jeschke and McCafferty are no strangers to U.S. National-level competition. Ehly and McCafferty competed during the summer of 2016 at the U.S. Olympic Trials (June 26-July 3) while Jeschke competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (June 25-July 2). Both events were held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Ehly, a senior captain for the Big Red, is coming off of a career best at the Mizzou Invite in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.17). McCafferty captured a pair of career-best times in the 100 back (55.00) and the 100 fly (54.58) in Columbia, Mo. Ehly competed in the 200-meter breaststroke while McCafferty competed in the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Trials, June 26-July 3. Jeschke enters this week’s competition with four season-best times in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 100- and 200- meter butterfly from the Mizzou Invite. The junior swimmer Jeschke competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at the age of 14 in the 100-meter backstroke.

Haebig enters the competition after four stellar performances at the Mizzou Invite. The freshman swimmer recorded four career-bests in the 200-and 500-meter freestyles and the 100-and 200-meter backstrokes including a third-place finish in the 500 free (4:45.29). McDonald racked up a pair of top-24 finishes at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. The Colorado native earned the CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention award in 2017. Freshman, Murray returns to her home state after accumulating two career-best finishes in the 100 fly (55.00) and 200 fly (2:01.48), placing ninth in both events.

Ehly, Haebig, Jeschke, McCafferty, McDonald and Murray will join the Huskers in action at the HPER Pool when Nebraska travels to Omaha on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m.

 

Huskers at the 2017 USA Swimming Winter Nationals

  • Jordan Ehly (Las Cruces, N.M.)- 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 400 Medley Relay
  • Autumn Haebig (Grafton, Wisc.)- 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back, 400 Medley Relay
  • Jacqueline Jeschke (Augusta, Ga.) - 200 Back, 200 Fly
  • Morgan McCafferty (Reynoldsburg, Ohio.) - 200 Back, 100 Fly, 400 Medley Relay
  • Anna McDonald (Evergreen, Colo.) - 200 Back, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Izzie Murray (North Bend, Ohio) - 100 Back, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 400 Medley Relay

Last Time Out: Huskers Take Second in Mizzou Invitational

The Nebraska swim and dive team took second place in the Mizzou Invitational with a final score of 774.50. Multiple members set lifetime bests throughout the three-day competition.

After the opening day, Omaha native Abigail Knaptonn took sixth place in the one-meter dive with a score of 265.95. Knapton also took first-place in the platform dive event (270.60) and the three-meter event (348.50).

In the 400-yard individual medley, freshman Alli Kopas secured a fourth-place finish for the Huskers (4:18.01), a new personal best. She followed by Bridget Pacilio for eighth (4:22.22).

Allie Worrall finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.08), followed by Savannah Savitt for 11th and a new personal best (1:50.34). Jessica Pentlarge (1:50.34) and Rachel Powers (1:50.73) also found personal bests coming in at 12th and 17th, respectively. 

In the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Tori Beeler finished fourth (1:01.67), followed by Gwen Worlton with a lifetime best for fifth place (1:01.76). 

Lindsay Stalheim (55.84), Morgan McCafferty (55.00) and Lindsey Helferich (54.84) all posted lifetime bests in the 100-yard backstroke. 

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Big Red took second (7:23.11) and fourth-place (7:25.47) finishes.

Team captain Kaylyn Flatt posted a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:41.30). Powers followed for seventh (16:56.19).

In the 100-yard freestyle prelims, Katt Sickle (51.93), Powers (53.21), Savitt (52.36) and Worrall (51.18) all posted new lifetime bests. 

Team captain Jordan Ehly (2:11.17) and Worlton (2:12.64) earned career bests in the 200-yard breaststroke prelims. 

Pentlarge finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (50.85).

In the finals of the 200-yard breastroke, Ehly took second (2:11.60), Beeler took third (2:12.24) for a career best and Worlton took fourth (2:12.02).

Dana Posthuma took second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.02). 

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