Illinois at Nebraska
Saturday, Jan. 21
11 a.m. | Devaney Natatorium
The Nebraska swimming and diving team is hosting its first conference dual as members of the Big Ten Conference when the Illinois Fighting Illini travel to the Devaney Natatorium on Jan. 19. The dual is set to begin at 11 a.m. and marks the second in a string of three-straight weekend duals for the Huskers. Nebraska is coming off a heartbreaking 145-155 loss to Kansas in Lawrence, and is looking to bounce back strong against the Illini, before taking on Iowa State on Jan. 28, also at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska (2-1) is 1-3 all-time against the Illini (3-4), including a 109.5-185.5 defeat in Champaign, Ill., last season. This weekend's meet marks the fifth-straight year the Huskers and Illini have faced off, with the Huskers lone win occurring during the 2007-08 season, the first in which these two teams met.
The Illini are coming off two-straight losses from the likes of Iowa and Southern Illinois since winning three-straight duals and earning a second-place finish at the Northwestern Invitational heading into winter break.
Following the Huskers' dual with the Illini, NU will take on Iowa State at the Devaney Center on Jan. 28 before traveling to Iowa City, Iowa for the Big Ten Championships, taking place from Feb. 15-18.
NU junior Hayley Martin swept every event she swam in at Kansas. Martin began the afternoon with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.43) and added wins in the 50-yard freestyle (24.23) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.93). Junior Ariel Weech tied with Martin in the 50-freestyle with a matching time of (24.23). Martin was also the lead-off swimmer in the Huskers' victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Nebraska divers Payton Michaud, Alyson Ramsey and Kaitlan Walker swept the 3-meter diving event at Kansas, finishing first, second and third, respectively. Michaud won the event with a score of 277.35, while Ramsey and Walker followed at 274. 35 and 268.12. The closest Kansas competitor finished the event at 255.67.
Review: Kansas Defeats Nebraska in Down-to-the-Wire Dual, 155-145
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.