Posthuma Snaps PR, Knapton Places Top Five
Bloomington- The Nebraska swim and dive team continued to break records and post qualifying B-Cut times in Friday’s finals of the 2019 Big Ten Championships.
Senior Dana Posthuma posted a 19th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly finals. Posthuma broke her current personal record and moves up to the fourth fastest time on the All-Time Nebraska Records. The Omaha native swam to a time of 53.65, a qualifying B-Cut time. Sophomore Izzie Murray followed close behind with a time of 54.03 to claim 20th.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a best in that, especially that much of a drop,” Posthuma said. “I just wasn’t expecting it. But, it was really sweet especially swimming next to Izzie. It was a really nice 100 fly.”
Head coach Pablo Morales was proud of how the night started off.
“It was a fun evening, and starting off with the 100 fliers, Izzie and Dana both had really good swims in the 100-fly final,” coach Morales said. “To have Dana as a senior go out with a lifetime best in the 100 fly; I think was a high point of the evening.”
In the 200-yard freestyle, Carla Gonzalez-Garcia races to a 24th-place finish with a time of 1:49.38.
“Carla battled well in the 200 free,” coach Morales said. “It was great to see her give it her all in that race.”
Autumn Haebig racked up an 18th-place finish in the100-yard backstroke, racing to a time of 53.60.
“Autumn improved from her morning swim, in the 100 backstroke,” coach Morales said. “That was very positive.”
“The girls did their best, we’re proud of their effort and we’re gearing up for one final great day,” coach Morales said.
On the diving front, Abigail Knapton tallied 347.95 points to reach fifth place on the three-meter board. This is Knapton’s first time placing in the top five at the conference championships.
“I thought it went okay,” Knapton said. “There were a couple dives I wished I would’ve done better, but overall it was a good meet and there was a lot of good competition.”
“Getting a chance to see Abi Knapton do her thing, finishing at fifth overall in the three meter was a lot of fun,” coach Morales said.
Nebraska completes session five in 10th place with a score of 260. The Huskers will take on their final day of competition on Saturday with the first session beginning at 10 a.m.