Huskers to Host Iowa State on Senior Day
Iowa State at
Saturday, Jan. 28
1 p.m. | Devaney Natatorium
The Nebraska swimming and diving team is hosting its final dual of the year on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Iowa State at the Devaney Natatorium. The dual will take place at 1 p.m. The Huskers will be honoring five seniors, Bobbi Balogh, Mailene Leslie, D'Arcy Schmidt, Riley Seidel and Caroline Shea.
These five seniors have put together an impressive resume over the years, both academically and in the pool, including six total Academic All-Big 12 selections and 19 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections. The senior class has also produced 101 top-five finishes and 13 individual event wins over the course of their careers. The seniors will be honored fifteen minutes prior to the dual.
The Cyclones (3-2) will take on the Huskers (2-2) just one day removed from an upcoming dual with UNO on Jan. 27. Nebraska has dropped its last two duals in close fashion to foes Kansas and Illinois. The Huskers dropped both duals by a combined fourteen points (145-155 Kansas, 148-152 Illinois).
Following the dual with Iowa State, the Huskers will travel to the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships from Feb. 15-18. The meet will be hosted by the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa.
Senior Bobbi Balogh was named the 2010-11 Nebraska swimming & diving student athlete of the year for her work in the classroom.
Senior Mailene Leslie has strung together 32 top-five finishes over the course of her career.
Senior D'Arcy Schmidt has scored twice for the Huskers at the Big 12 Conference Championships. She also competed at the 2009 Zone Diving competition.
Senior Riley Seidel has gone from being a walk-on to the Nebraska program, to becoming a scholarship athlete and conference scorer, to 2011-12 team captain.
Senior Caroline Shea has scored twice at the conference championships and has earned four event wins to date. Shea has also earned three spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Review: Huskers Drop Close Dual to Illinois
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 Manias.
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 well.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.