Bailey Pons and the Huskers fell to the Jayhawks, 155-145
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Kansas Defeats Nebraska in Down-to-the-Wire Dual, 155-145

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska swimming and diving team fell to 2-1 on the season after dropping a close dual against Kansas in Lawrence. The Jayhawks and the Huskers both won eight events on the day, but the Huskers fell just short on points in the dual. The Huskers fall to 11-23 all-time against the Jayhawks.

Nebraska started off strong, with the team of Ellan Dufour, Shannon Guy, Natalie Morris and Ariel Weech winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.24. Kansas' Rebecca Swank won the 1,650-yard freestyle immediately after to earn nine points for the Jayhawks. NU's Bailey Pons finished second in the event at 17:11.13. Mailene Leslie and Riley Seidel rounded out the event for NU, earning two and one points, respectively. 

Hayley Martin won her first event of the day in the 200-yard freestyle. At 1:51.43, Martin finished 1.36 ahead of Kansas' Shannon Garlie to take the third event of the afternoon. Kansas swimmers won event four through six in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly before Martin and Weech split the 50-yard freestyle, with each finishing at 24.23, just .07 ahead of Kansas' Sveta Golovchun.  It was the first of two events in which Guy and Weech took the top two spots. The second occurred in the ninth event of the afternoon in the 100-yard freestyle. Martin bested Weech by just .30, finishing at 51.93. 

Kaitlan Walker won the first diving event of the afternoon for the Huskers in the 1-meter dive. Her score of 285.29 was good enough to best teammate Payton Michaud, who finished second in the event with a score of 269.25. Michaud won the second diving event of the afternoon in the 3-meter dive with her score of 277.35. Alyson Ramsey and Kaitlan Walker of NU finished second and third, respectively, at 274.35 and 268.12.

Kansas was able to show resilience in the late-going, winning three-straight events for the second time on the day in the 200-yard back, 200-yard breast and the 500-yard freestyle before NU's Guy won the thirteenth event, the 100-yard butterfly. 

Kansas' Brooke Brull and Stephanie Payne took the top two spots in the fifteenth event, the 200-yard IM, before the Husker 200-yard freestyle team won the final event on the day to close out the dual. 

The Husker swimmers and divers will continue their three-straight weekends of competition next Saturday, Jan. 21 against Illinois at the Bob Devaney Natatorium. The dual will take place at 11 a.m. The Huskers will take on Iowa State the following week on Jan. 28 at the Devaney Natatorium at 1 p.m.


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