Knapton Captures Sixth Place
Bloomington- The Nebraska swim and dive team made multiple qualifying B-cut times in the Thursday finals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.
In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Autumn Haebig finished 15th overall in finals with a time of 4:46.11.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Tori Beeler swam to a 20th-place finish with a B-cut time of 1:59.10, followed by team captain Anna McDonald for 23rd (1:59.91). McDonald also had a qualifying B-cut time.
Head coach Pablo Morales sees progress being made and strong performances.
“It was good,” coach Morales said. “Autumn led us off with a good swim in the 500 to get us going and then Tori and Anna had really good 200 IM [times]. Both just a few hundredths off of their lifetime bests. They moved up in placing in the finals. So, really good, positive swims.”
The Big Red captured 10th-place in the 400- yard medley relay by swimming a time of 3:39.75. This is the All-Time sixth fastest time for Nebraska.
“Then we had a really good, solid 400 medley at the end,” coach Morales said. “It was a little short of our school record, but a good performance, tenth overall.”
Junior Abigail Knapton dominated the one-meter dive as she claimed sixth place overall with a score of 307.75. Knapton placed 20 spots higher than last year’s conference championships.
“I thought it went pretty well,” Knapton said. “It was one of my better meets. There were still a couple things that could’ve been better. But, I’m pretty happy with how I did. I met some goals today, which is really awesome.”
Coach Morales had positive thoughts on Knapton’s performance as well.
“Then to watch Abi Knapton in the diving well do so well on one meter,” coach Morales said. “Here she is in the top eight, mixing it up with top one-meter specialists. That just shows her growth now overall as she is able to make the top eight in one meter and competed extremely well.”
Nebraska completes session three in eighth place with a score of 166. The Huskers will continue competition on Friday with the first session beginning at 10 a.m.