Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Close Big Ten Championships Strong

By NU Athletic Communications

Columbus- After four days of competition, the Nebraska swim and dive team finished in 10th place at the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

The Huskers had a successful week of competition, breaking multiple lifetime bests and all-time school records. 

The Big Red started the week strong with the relay teams. In the 200-yard medley relay, the Huskers (Haebig, Worlton, Murray, Helferich) posted a ninth-place finish with a time of 1:39.43. This is the second-best relay time in school history.

The Big Red (Haebig, Flatt, Pentlarge, Worrall)  finished 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay coming in at  7:11.60, another second-best time in school history.

In the preliminary session of the second day of competition, multiple Huskers set career bests and found their way onto the Husker all-time records. 

Team captain Kaylyn Flatt came in at 4:50.14, which sits at #8 on the all-time records list, followed by Rachel Powers at 4:52.60, which will claim the 14th spot on the list.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Tori Beeler (1:59.52) and Anna McDonald (1:59.91) both posted C-seed times for the finals coming in at 18th and 22nd, respectively. McDonald's performance sits at #3 on the all-time list. 

In the 50-yard freestyle, Lindsay Helferich finished at 23.04, which is a #9 all-time record for the Huskers. 

In the Thursday finals, Haebig broke her own school record with a new time of 4:42.69. She finished 12th overall in the finals.

Beeler set a new school record and personal best with her time of 1:59.02. She finished 18th overall, followed by team captain Anna McDonald for 24th (2:00.27).

The Big Red was consistent with their relay success, setting 400-yard medley relay record with a time of 3:36.03. This shaved three seconds off of the previous top spot. Haebig broke another school record for her lead off clocking in at 53.36.

During the Friday preliminaries, freshman Mira Rhodes set a life best swim in the 100-yard butterfly (59.40). McCafferty clocked in at 54.29, which was also a life best swim and sits at #8 on the all-time list for Nebraska. Izzie Murray also posted a personal best coming in at 53.72, which lands her at the fourth fastest time in school history.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Haebig earned a 20th seed in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.50), and was followed by Carla Gonzalez-Garcia who set a lifetime best and the 10th fastest time in school history in the event at 1:48.37. Jessica Pentlarge set the #15 all-time Husker record and a career best with her time of 1:49.24. Allie Worrall came in at 1:49.64, which is a new personal best and #20 on the all-time list.

Haebig found a 15th seed in the 100-yard backstroke (53.51), followed by Lindsay Helferich who posted a lifetime best coming in at 54.12, which sits at #3 on the all-time list. Gonzalez-Garcia set her second personal best of the day (54.74) and the seventh-fastest time in school history. 

In Friday's finals, Haebig finished 17th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.22) and broke her own school record yet again in the 100-yard backstroke (52.68). This gave her a 10th place finish in the competition. She was followed by Lindsay Helferich for 21st place (53.83).

Beeler placed 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.06).

During the final day of competition, the Huskers continued to set personal bests. Gonzalez-Garcia posted a 1:58.87 in the 200-yard backstroke, which was a lifetime best swim and #10 on the all-time list.

In the 100-yard freestyle prelims, both Worrall (50.83) and Helferich (50.19) set personal bests. Helferich's time is tied at ninth on the all-time school records list.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Bougie came in at 2:02.34, which was a lifetime best and the 17th fastest time in school history.

In an exciting swim off, Murray posted a 1:59.10 and won the 24th seed for the Saturday night finals.

In the Saturday night finals, team captain McDonald moved up five places from her original seed and finished 19th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.46).

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Beeler finished 15th (2:13.14). Ehly came in 17th with a time of 2:12.37, and Worlton followed just behind for 18th (2:13.01).

Posthuma posted a 19th place finish in the 200-yard butterfly finals (1:58.52) and Murray finished 24th (2:00.44).

All-American Abi Knapton finished 10th in the platform diving event (317.00).

The Huskers ended the meet strong with a ninth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle (3:20.38) with Helferich, Worrall, Pentlarge and Haebig in the lane.

The Huskers finished the meet with a total of 358 points, a 10th-place finish in the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

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