The Nebraska swimming and diving team dropped its second
dual of the season on Saturday against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the
Devaney Natatorium.NU fell to the Illini, 148-152, in a dual that went down to
the last event. Nebraska drops to 2-2 on the season and 1-4 all-time against
new conference foe Illinois.
The Illini started the day hot, winning the 200-yard
medley relay in 1:45.70 over the Husker squad of Ellan Dufour, Shannon Guy,
Natalie Morris and Ariel Weech (1:47.16). NU's Bailey Pons, Morgan Flannigan
and Mailene Leslie got things started for the Huskers by sweeping the second
event of the morning, the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Hayley Martin (1:51.99) kept things going for the Huskers
in the 200-yard freestyle event, winning over the Illini's Courtney Pope
(1:53.24). Illinois went on to win events 4-7 in the 100-yard backstroke,
100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. Weech
notched a second-place finish in the 50-free, just .11 behind Illinois' Kristen
Payton Michaud swept the diving events for NU, earning
wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter events (291.60, 299.18). Kaitlan Walker and
Alyson Ramsey finished second and third, respectively, in the 1-meter event
while Kailey Harmon notched a third-place finish in the 3-meter dive.
Weech swam to a victory in the 100-yard freestyle before Pons
earned her second win of the day in the 500-yard freestyle. Pons, Flannigan and
Leslie swept the event for the Huskers.
Guy followed Pons' victory with a victory of her own in
the 100-yard butterfly (56.53). Morris finished third in the event for NU as
In the final and deciding event of the afternoon, the
Nebraska team of Martin, Kelly Dunn, Pons and Weech won the 400-yard freestyle
relay, but it wasn't enough to stop the Illini squad from finishing second and
third, ensuring the dual for the Illini.
The Huskers will return to the Devaney Natatorium on
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. for Nebraska's senior day.