Five seniors were honored on Saturday afternoon as the Nebraska swimming and diving team finished its regular season on a high note by defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 200-100. It was the final dual at the Devaney Natatorium for Nebraska's Bobbi Balogh, Mailene Leslie, D'Arcy Schmidt, Riley Seidel and Caroline Shea.
The Cyclones won the first event of the afternoon in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Rebekah Land, Shannon Guy, Hayley Martin and Ariel Weech coming in second for NU. Bailey Pons (10.12.88), Morgan Flannigan and Mailene Leslie then got the Huskers started in their winning ways by sweeping the next event, the 1,000-yard freestyle. Pons shattered her previous season-best time (10:19.68) in the event by nearly seven seconds. It was the first of two straight swept events for the Huskers as Martin, Shea and Kelly Dunn followed up in the 200-yard freestyle in the third event of the dual.
Ellan Dufour gave the Huskers a third win in the 100-yard backstroke (57.75). Dufour set a season-best time in the race, eliminating her previous best against Kansas at 58.24. ISU's Dani Harris and and Sarah Norris finished second and third in the event, respectively. NU's Natalie Morris and Katie Davis earned back-to-back finishes in the 200-yard butterfly before Ariel Weech and Dunn added second and third place finishes in the seventh event of the day, the 50-yard freestyle.
Payton Michaud closed out the regular season on a high note, sweeping both the 1-meter (290.02) and 3-meter diving (308.67) events. It was a a season-best for Michaud in the 3-meter, besting her previous score of 306.05 set at the Iowa Invitational. Alyson Ramsey added a season-best 303.07 score in the 3-meter for a second-place finish in the event. Kaitlan Walker also tallied third-place finishes in both diving events.
Weech, Dunn and Martin took the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle before Dufour won the tenth event of the day in the 200-yard backstroke. Pons (5.01.62), Flannigan and Shea swept the 500-yard freestyle in the twelfth event of the afternoon. Guy and Davis added two more wins for the Huskers in the 100-yard butterfly and 400 IM, respectively, to close out the individual swims on the afternoon. The team of Martin, Weech, Land and Dunn won the final relay of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle, in 3:29.39.
With the Huskers closing out the regular season on Saturday, they'll be back in action at the Big Ten Conference Championships from Feb. 15-18 in Iowa City, Iowa.