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The Big Ten Championship's third session will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday evening.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 02/16/2012
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Huskers Complete First Preliminary Round at Big Ten Championships

The Nebraska swimming and diving team completed the first round of preliminary events on Thursday morning at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Thursday's morning preliminaries featured the 200-yard IM, the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Seven Huskers competed in the 200-yard IM, including Katie Davis, who finished 43rd in the preliminary round. Her time of 2:05.68 was a season best for the junior from Lincoln. Ellan Dufour and Nikolina Sabo finished back-to-back 54th and 55th for the Huskers in 2:07.08 and 2:07.36, respectively.

200 IM Results:
43rd - Katie Davis, 2:05.68 (season best)
54th - Ellan Dufour, 2:07.08 (season best)
55th - Nikolina Sabo, 2:07.36 (career best)
65th - Natalie Morris, 2:08.61 (career best)
70th - Ashley Reiter, 2:09.82 (season best)
73rd - Kelsey Larson, 2:12.69
76th - Ciara Jenkins, 2:22.09 (career best)

The 50-yard freestyle saw Ariel Weech finish 40th in the prelims, as eight Huskers competed. Weech's time of 23.47 was a season best. Freshmen Kelly Dunn and Rebekah Land also finished back-to-back at 53rd and 54th.

50-Yard Freestyle Results:
40th - Ariel Weech, 23.47 (season best)
53rd - Kelly Dunn, 23.77 (career best)
54th - Rebekah Land, 23.78 (career best)
60th - Hayley Martin, 23.91
76th - Paige Theilen, 24.25 (career best)
97th - Sara Weinberg, 25.10
99th - Megan Ziemann, 25.21 (season best)
100th - Mary Beth Rye, 25.33

The third preliminary swimming event of the morning saw Bailey Pons finish 37th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:53.57. Morgan Flannigan finished the event 54th at 4:59.76.

500-Yard Freestyle Results:
37th - Bailey Pons, 4:53.57 (season best)
54th - Morgan Flannigan, 4:59.66 (season best)
62nd - Caroline Shea, 5:03.21 (season best)
63rd - Mailene Leslie, 5:03.28 (season best)
69th - Riley Seidel, 5:04.67 (career best)
73rd - Ashleigh Grammar, 5:07.12 (season best)
78th - Bobbi Balogh, 5:20.89

The Big Ten Championship's third sessions, including the finals of the 200-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle and the 1-meter dive will take place tonight beginning at 6 p.m.

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