Photo by Isabel Thalken/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Show Depth Against Panthers

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska swim and dive team continued its season-opening home stand at the Devaney Natatorium on Friday against the Northern Iowa Panthers. The Huskers defeated the Panthers 166-77, to improve to 2-0 on the season. 

The Huskers strong claiming a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with Autumn Haebig, Tori Beeler, Dana Posthuma and Lindsay Helferich in the lane (1:45.01).

In the 1000-yard freestyle, Audrey Coffey took first (10:29.14), followed by Katelyn Kilpatrick for second (10:37.82).

The Huskers claimed the top-two spots in the 200-yard freestyle with Flatt (1:52.97) and Haebig (1:53.32) on the board for the Big Red, respectively. 

In the 50-yard freestyle, Helferich (24.08) and Clara Walstad (24.30) took second and third, respectively.

In the 200-yard IM, Anna McDonald (2:07.56) captured a second-place finish and Morgan McCafferty (2:10.86) took third in the lanes.

The Huskers swept the 200-yard butterfly, senior Dana Posthuma rallied in a victory (2:04.26), followed by Maggie Berning (2:04.52) and Taylor Acheson (2:11.80), respectively.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Helferich took second (53.13), followed by Beeler (53.77).

In the 200-yard backstroke, McDonald earned a second-place finish (2:06.04) with Lindsey Stalheim close behind (2:07.25).

The Huskers swept the 500-yard freestyle, Flatt secured a first-place finish for the Big Red (5:05.66), Kilpatrick (5:09.15) and Coffey (5:10.43), respectively.

Worlton followed suit with her first-place time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.30). 

In the final swim event, the Big Red ended strong with Haebig, Beeler, Walstad and Posthuma in the lane for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.38). 

On the diving front, Abigail Knapton (329.02), Sara Troyer (326.32) and Jessica Warak (303.52) secured the top three in the three meter dive and repeated in the one meter with Troyer (297.90), Warak (295.80) and Knapton (282.30), respectively.  All six of the performances of Nebraska's top three divers easily surpassed NCAA automatic qualifying standards.

The Big Red advances to a 10-0 all-time series lead over the Panthers and will return to action Friday, Oct. 26 for their first 2018-19 road dual against Iowa State at 5 p.m. The Huskers will return home to take on Kansas Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.


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