Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Top Jackrabbits in Home Opener

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska swim and dive team opened their 2018-19 season at the Devaney Natatorium on Friday against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Huskers defeated the Jackrabbits 156-63. 

The Huskers started off strong sweeping the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay with Haebig, Beeler, Posthuma and Helferich coming in first (1:45.07). McCafferty, Worlton, Murray and Walstad followed (1:47.29) and Jeschke, Keith, Stalheim and Rhodes rounded out the top three (1:51.81) in an exhibition swim. 

In the 1000-yard freestyle, Kaylyn Flatt took first (10:22.34), followed by Audrey Coffey for second (10:37.87) and Maggie Berning for third (10:43.68).

The Huskers took the top three in the 200-yard freestyle with McDonald (1:56.36), Acheson (1:57.06) and Kilpatrick (1:58.90) on the board for the Big Red, respectively. 

In the 50-yard freestyle, Helferich (24.08), Murray (25.01) and Stalheim (25.09) rounded out the top three. 

The Huskers took the top three in the 200-yard IM with Beeler (2:04.25), Keith (2:12.28) and Jeschke (2:14.03) in the lanes.

In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Izzie Murray took first (56.89).

In the 100-yard freestyle, Haebig found her second first place finish of the day (52.74) followed by McCafferty's first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (57.55).

In the 500-yard freestyle, Acheson secured a first-place finish for the Big Red (5:12.63) and Worlton followed suit with her first-place time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.97). 

In the final swim event, the Big Red ended strong with Helferich, Haebig, Posthuma and Beeler in the lane for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.77). 

On the diving front, Knapton (328.72), Warak (309.75) and Troyer (294.82) secured the top three in the three meter dive and repeated in the one meter with Knapton (278.32), Troyer (274.13) and Warak (251.85), respectively. 

The Big Red advances to a 14-0 all-time series lead over the Jackrabbits and will return to the Devaney Natatorium Friday, Oct. 5 for their annual Scarlet and Cream Intrasquad meet set for 4 p.m. The following day, the Big Red will remain home and host Northern Iowa at 11 a.m.

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