The Huskers host the Missouri Tigers on senior day.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Host Tigers in Final Dual of the Season on Senior Day

By NU Athletic Communications

Missouri vs. Nebraska

Saturday, Feb. 5

2 p.m. | Devaney Natatorium

The Nebraska swimming and diving team is returning to the Devaney Natatorium for their final dual of the season on Saturday, Feb. 5., against the Missouri Tigers at 2 p.m.

Nebraska will also be honoring seven seniors before the dual takes place including Claire Desormey, Julie Giehl, Kelsey Grushecky, Blaine Hoppenrath, Brandie Kavalec, Meredith Matthies and Rachell McClain. The Huskers seniors will be honored fifteen minutes before the event kicks off.

The Huskers bring an impressive resume into their final Big 12 dual against Missouri with a 6-3 (1-1 Big-12) record. The Huskers have now reached the six win mark for the sixth time in eight years. Nebraska defeated UNO and Iowa State in back-to-back duals to earn their fifth and sixth wins of the season on Jan. 28-29.

Following the dual against the Tigers, the Huskers will brace themselves for the Big 12 Championships from Feb. 23-26 in Austin, Texas.

Pool Points:

+ Nebraska freshman Bailey Pons has quickly become one of Nebraska's go-to swimmers. She has won four events in their last two duals, helping the Huskers to victories in both. She has eleven first-place wins on the year and five second-place finishes on the year.

+ Nebraska's six dual wins on the season are its highest in three years, following seasons of three wins (2008-09) and four wins (2009-10). The Huskers won seven duals in each of the three seasons from 2005-08.

+Nebraska's dual win over Iowa State was NU's eighth straight victory over ISU. Nebraska's win over UNO kept Nebraska at a perfect 14-0 against the Mavericks.

Review: ISU

The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated Iowa State, 174-126 on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers went 2-0 on the brief road-trip and the win marks the Husker's sixth dual win of the year. 

The Huskers shot out of the gate, winning the first three events of the day. The 200-yard medley relay team finished first, with Bailey Pons winning the 1,000-yard freestyle and Hayley Martin winning the 200-yard freestyle immediately after. ISU's Danielle Harris and Jeli Nixt combined to win events 4 and 5, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke before Nebraska went on a four-event run which saw Lexie Halberstadt earn two wins in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. 

Blaine Hoppenrath won the 200-yard butterfly while Payton Michaud won the 3-meter dive. The Huskers took the top-three spots in the dive, with Kaitlan Walker and Alyson Ramsey finishing second and third. Michaud also earned her second win of the day in the 1-meter dive event, with Amy Herman finishing second. 

Iowa State fought back with wins in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke,but NU's Bailey Pons won the 500-yard freestyle and Lexie Halberstadt notched her third win of the day in the 100-yard butterfly. 

ISU won the last two events of the day, but it wasn't enough as the Huskers had pulled away. 

The Huskers will return home to face the Missouri Tigers on senior day, Feb. 5 at the Devaney Natatorium at 2 p.m.


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