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Huskers Hit the Road to Battle Mavs

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska vs. Omaha
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m.
Location: HPER Pool (Omaha, Neb.)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team returns to dual action Saturday, Jan. 13, to kick off the New Year against Omaha at the HPER Pool. The dual is set for an 11 a.m. start.

Nebraska will enter Omaha carrying a 2-2 record, while the Mavs enter Saturday’s dual with a 0-5 mark. Nebraska owns a 21-0 all-time dual record against Omaha, including a 197-98 win over the Mavs last season at the Devaney Natatorium.

The Huskers are coming off a successful winter break after competing in the USA Swimming Winter Nationals and USA Diving Winter Nationals. The Nebraska swimmers tallied a total of 14 NCAA B qualifying times, 41 lifetime-best swims and 110 season-best swims.

The Nebraska swimming and diving team last competed together at the Mizzou Invitational Nov. 16-18. The Huskers took second place, with four different swimmers and one diver producing NCAA B cut times.

The Huskers will return home to the Devaney Natatorium to honor seniors Jan. 20 as they take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

Last Time Out: Haebig, Ehly Lead Huskers at Winter Nationals

Autumn Haebig led a collection of six Nebraska swimmers who produced strong performances at USA Swimming Winter Nationals at the McCorkle Aquatics Center over the weekend.

Haebig, a freshman from Grafton, Wis., posted Nebraska's top individual showing of the weekend with her seventh-place finish in the 500 freestyle on Thursday. Haebig raced to a time to a career-best 4:42.80 in the A Final, after posting the fifth-fastest qualifying time (4:43.68) on Thursday morning. Haebig's 4:42.80 was nearly five full seconds ahead of the NCAA B qualifying standard.

On Friday, Haebig added a third-place finish with a career-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 53.85 in the B Final of the 100 backstroke. Haebig's time was 1.24 seconds ahead of the NCAA B standard and would have been good for sixth place in Friday's A Final. Haebig qualified 13th in the 100 back prelims on Friday morning with a time of 54.20. She also helped the Huskers to a fifth-place team finish (3:40.26) in the 400 medley relay on Friday. Haebig joined Morgan McCafferty, Izzie Murray and Jordan Ehly on the 400 medley relay squad.

Ehly, a senior from Las Cruces, N.M. also had an impressive weekend, advancing to the B Finals in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Ehly capped her weekend by taking third in the B Final (2:12.54) of the 200 breast after posting the 10th-best qualifying time Saturday morning.

On Friday, Ehly finished eighth in the B Finals of the 100 breast, posting a career-best time of 1:01.62, which was 0.78 seconds faster than her previous best and met the NCAA B qualifying standard. She advanced to finals by recording the 15th-best time (1:01.78) among 47 swimmers Friday morning.

Murray, a freshman from North Bend, Ohio, who was swimming close to home, took fourth in B Final of the 200 butterfly on Saturday. Murray swam to a time of 1:59.67 in the B Final, after qualifying with the 11th-best time (1:59.77) in Saturday morning's prelims. Murray's time in the B Final was a career best and just missed an NCAA B qualifying standard by 0.08 seconds.

On Friday, Murray won the C Final of the 100 butterfly in a career-best and NCAA B qualifying time of 54.18, after posting the 19th-best time (54.52) in Friday's morning's prelimaries. She also posted the 30th-best time (56.21) among 42 swimmers in Thursday morning prelims in the 100 backstroke.

Captain Anna McDonald advanced to the C Finals in the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley events. McDonald took fourth in the C Final of the 200 back in a time of 1:59.24, after finishing 19th in Saturday's prelims in a time of 1:59.51. The junior from Evergreen, Colo., took fifth in the C Final of the 200 IM in a time of 2:02.69, after qualifying 22nd (2:03.19) on Thursday morning.

Jacqueline Jeschke (Augusta, Ga.) rounded out Nebraska's competitors at USA Swimming Winter Nationals by finishing sixth in the C Final of the 200 backstroke. Jeschke posted a time of 2:00.29 in the finals, after qualifying 22nd (1:59.95) on Saturday morning.

The Huskers will take a significant break from competition to complete fall semester finals and enjoy the holidays before returning to dual action against Omaha on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Nebraska New NCAA B Qualifying Standards Met at USA Swimming Winter Nationals

Autumn Haebig - 500 Freestyle - 4:42.80/career best (B Standard - 4:47.49)
Autumn Haebig - 100 Backstroke - 53.85/career best (B Standard - 55.09)
Jordan Ehly - 100 Breastroke - 1:01.62/career best (B Standard - 1:02.49)
Izzie Murray - 100 Butterfly - 54.18/career best (B Standard - 54.49)

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