The Huskers are looking to improve on last season's third-place finish at the Kansas Classic
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Husker Swimmers, Divers Prepare for Road Invites

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska (Divers) at Mizzou Invitational
Date: Nov. 21-23

Location: Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, Mo.

Time: 11 a.m./6 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday)

Nebraska (Swimmers) at Kansas Classic
Date: Nov. 22-24

Capitol Federal Natatorium, Topeka, Kan.
Time: 10 a.m./6 p.m. (Friday/Saturday), 9 a.m./3 p.m. (Sunday) 

The Nebraska divers travel to Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 21, for the annual Mizzou Invitational held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The squad will compete at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. all three days, facing nine teams from eight different conferences. No. 18 Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah and No. 10 Texas A&M are a few of the notable schools in attendance. Nebraska and Texas A&M are the only two schools solely participating in diving competitions.

All sessions of the Mizzou Invitational will be streamed live at the link provided, and live stats will also be available through 

Meanwhile, the Nebraska swimmers travel to Topeka, Kan. on Friday, Nov. 22, for the Kansas Classic at the Capitol Federal Natatorium. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's competition will commence at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Nebraska will be competing against Air Force, Iowa State, Nebraska-Omaha, Northern Iowa and the meet hosts, the Kansas Jayhawks. At last season's meet, the Huskers (674) finished third behind Kansas (853.5) and a nationally-ranked Notre Dame squad (976.5). 

The Huskers competed against Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Iowa in dual meets last season, earning two wins against the Mavericks and one win against the Panthers in the squad's historic 10-0 start. This season, Nebraska will face UNI and UNO in dual meets on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, respectively. 

The Kansas Classic will also mark the second time Nebraska has faced Iowa State this season. The Huskers hosted the Cyclones in the season's opening meet, drawing 150-150 in the first tie in program history for both schools. 

Following this weekend's meets, the Huskers will have two weeks to prepare for their trip to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Hawkeye Invitational. The meet will run Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 at Iowa's CRWC Pool. 

As always, check back in to for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team, and follow @HuskerSwim for live tweets from this weekend's competitions.

Mizzou Invitational Diving Schedule
Thursday Nov. 21

11:00-11:35am - Men’s 1M Prelim 
11:35-12:05am – Women’s 3M Event Warm Up
12:05-1:30pm – Women’s 3M Prelim 
5:00-6:00pm – Men’s 1M Event Warm Up
6:00-6:25pm – Men’s 1M Final (Top 8)
6:25-7:15pm – Women’s 3M Event Warm Up
7:15-7:40pm – Women’s 3M Final (Top 8) 

Friday Nov. 22
10:40-11:00am – Women’s 1M Event Warm Up
11:00-12:25am – Women’s 1M Prelim 
12:25-1:10pm – Men’s 3M Event Warm Up
1:10 – 1:45pm – Men’s 3M Prelim 
5:00-6:00pm – Women’s 1M Event Warm Up
6:00-6:25pm – Women’s 1M Final (Top 8)
6:25-7:30pm – Men’s 3M Event Warm Up
7:30-7:55pm – Men’s 3M Final (Top 8)

Saturday Nov. 23
9:30 – 10:00am – Platform Event Warm Up
10:00-10:45am - Combined Platform Prelim 
10:45-11:05am - Combined Platform Event Warm Up
11:05- 11:35am – Combined Platform Final (Top 8 Women, Top 3 Men)

Kansas Classic Schedule
Nov. 22 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Nov. 23 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
  500 Free 200 Free Relay   400 IM 200 Medley Relay
  200 IM 500 Free   100 Fly 400 IM
  50 Free 200 IM   200 Free 100 Fly
    50 Free   100 Breast 200 Free
    15 minute break   100 Back 100 Breast
    400 Medley Relay     100 Back
          15 minute break
          800 Free Relay
Nov. 24 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
  200 Back 1650 Free
  100 Free 200 Back
  200 Breast 100 Free
  200 Fly 200 Breast
  15 min break 200 Fly
    15 minute break
    400 Free Relay

Last Time at Kansas Classic: Huskers Take Third at Kansas Classic (11/18/12)

The Nebraska swimmers finished competition in the Kansas Classic at the Capitol Federal Natatorium on Sunday. The Huskers finished in third place with a team score of 674 on the weekend. Notre Dame (976.5) and Kansas (853.5) placed first and second, respectively. 

The Huskers got off to a great start on Sunday, with Bailey Pons winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in a meet record time of 16:48.88. Katt Sickle (17:16.92) and Morgan Flannigan (17:23.56) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Ashleigh Grammar finished in 14th with a time of 18:14.60. 

Ariel Weech was the other Husker winner on the day, as she was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.31 seconds. Additionally, Hayley Martin had a big day for the Huskers, placing fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.81), seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (52.65), and earning a second place finish as a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team. 

Ashley Reiter finished fifth in the 200-yard breastroke, while Kristin Strecker finished in eighth. Natalie Morris placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.42. 

Other top-16 Husker finishers were Ellan Dufour (200 Back), Ashley Reiter (100 Breast), Kelsey Larson (200 Breast), Melisa Mexia (200 Butterfly), and Kelly Dunn (100 Free). 

Overall, Nebraska won four of the eighteen events on the weekend, with Bailey Pons winning both the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles to lead the way.

Last Time Out: Huskers Split Double Dual with Iowa and SDSU (11/15/13)

Five different Huskers claimed individual victories as the Nebraska swimming and diving team split its double dual with Iowa and South Dakota State on Friday afternoon. The Huskers outpaced the Jackrabbits 232-68, but fell to the Hawkeyes 167-133.

Nebraska's 200-yard medley relay team of Jacqueline Juffer, Shannon Guy, Natalie Morris and Taryn Collura won the meet's opening event, edging Iowa by 1.03 seconds to give the Huskers an early lead. However, the Hawkeyes would win three of the next four events to forge ahead.

Iowa's Becky Stoughton, Olivia Kabacinski and Emma Sougstad claimed the 1,000 free, 200 free and 100 breast to put the Hawkeyes in the lead. Stoughton would later add a victory in the 500 free, finishing as the meet's lone multi-event winner. 

Following the 100-yard breaststroke, the Huskers won four straight events to energize the crowd and reclaim their lead heading into the final stretch. 

Nebraska's run began with the meet's closest event, the 200-yard butterfly. Husker junior Natalie Morris out-touched Iowa's Abbey Tuchscherer by one-hundredth of a second to claim her fourth victory of the season, finishing in 2:04.08.

The meet's next event saw Nebraska's Alexandra Bilunas swim a season-best 23.80 in the 50-yard freestyle on the way to her first victory of the season. Fellow sprint freestyler Taryn Collura would then add a victory in the 100-yard freestyle for her second win of the season. Collura's time of 51.76 also marked a season-best in the event. 

In the diving well, Huskers Anna Filipcic and Payton Michaud took first and second in the three-meter dive to continue Nebraska's momentum. Filipcic posted a career-best score of 311.25, while Michaud scored a season-best 311.00. 

After Nebraska's run gave them the lead, the Hawkeyes went on a run of their own, winning the meet's last six individual events to seal the victory. Iowa's streak included wins from Stoughton, Lindsay Seemann, Karolina Wartalowicz, Haley Gordon, Abigail Grilli and Allie Orvis.

The Huskers won the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:27.86. Nebraska's squad of Bilunas, Collura, Bria Deveaux and Shannon Guy won a tight race, edging Iowa by 42-hundredths of a second. 

Other outstanding performers for Nebraska were sophomore Jacqueline Juffer and freshman Erin Oeltjen. Juffer earned the Huskers' first individual event victory, taking the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.80, while Oeltjen posted a career-best time of 2:06.00 in the 200-yard backstroke to earn second place.

South Dakota State earned three top-five finishes on the day, adding a 252-48 loss against Iowa to its loss against Nebraska. Emily Campbell (200 breast), Emma Gaulke-Janowski (1,000 free) and Julia Bodnaruk (200 free) earned third-, fifth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, for the Jackrabbits.

Overall, Nebraska won seven of the meet's 16 events, pushing its season record to 1-2-1. Iowa won the meet's other nine events, improving to 4-1, while South Dakota State fell to 3-5.


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