The Huskers will look to keep their momentum rolling in their weekend invitationals
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Huskers Hit Road for Hansel Invite, Kansas Classic

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska (Divers) at Phill Hansel Invite
Date: Nov. 15-17

Location: CRWC Natatorium, Houston, Tex.

Time: 10 a.m./6 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday)

Nebraska (Swimmers) at Kansas Classic
Date: Nov. 16-18

Capital Federal Natatorium, Topeka, Kan.
Time: 10 a.m./6 p.m. (Friday/Saturday), 9 a.m./3 p.m. (Sunday) 

The Nebraska divers travel to Houston, Tex., on Thursday, Nov. 15, for the annual Phill Hansel Invite held at the CRWC Natatorium. The squad will compete at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. all three days and will face 14 teams from eight different conferences. Arkansas, Clemson, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA are a few of the notable schools in a very deep and talented field that will be a good measuring stick for the Huskers.

The Nebraska swimmers travel to Topeka, Kan. on Friday, Nov. 16, for the Kansas Classic at the Capital Federal Natatorium. Competition will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's competition will take place at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Huskers will be competing against Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska-Omaha, Rice, and No. 18 Notre Dame.

Nebraska defeated both Iowa State and Nebraska-Omaha in duals earlier this season. Additionally, the Huskers will be looking for revenge against a Kansas squad that took down the Huskers 155-145 in a dual last season in Lawrence, Kan. A nationally ranked Notre Dame squad will also pose a threat, as they come in as the favorites despite the Huskers' 10-0 record.

Following this weekend's meets, the Huskers will have two weeks to prepare for their Nov.30-Dec. 02 trek to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Hawkeye Invitational. The squad will then take a month off from competition before returning to the pool in January for holiday training.

Last Time Vs Kansas: Kansas Defeats Nebraska in Down-to-the-Wire Dual, 155-145 (1/14/11)

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. 

Last Time Vs. Iowa State: Huskers Cruise Past Coyotes, Down Cyclones (10/26/12)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated South Dakota (240-59) and Iowa State (176.5-122.5) in their dual meet that took place Friday afternoon at Iowa State's Beyer Pool.

Nebraska won eight of the fourteen individual events and both relays on Friday to take the dual meet victory and improve their record to 8-0 on the season. Junior Bailey Pons led the way for the Huskers, winning the 200-yard (1:53.56), 500-yard (5:00.71), and 1,000-yard freestyles (10:17.18). 

Senior Hayley Martin also stood out with wins in the 100-yard backstroke (57.02) and 100-yard freestyle (51.20). Additionally, Martin was a part of the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

Shannon Guy (100-yard butterfly), Payton Michaud (one-meter dive), and Kailey Harmon (three-meter dive) also added victories for the Huskers.

Last Time Vs. Nebraska-Omaha: Huskers Drop Mavericks In Pair (10/20/12)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated Nebraska-Omaha 154-83 on Friday at the HPER Swimming Pool in Omaha, Neb., and 154-81 on Saturday at the Devaney Natatorium. The wins improved Nebraska's dual record to 4-0 on the season after last weekend's victories against North Dakota and St. Cloud State. They also improved to 17-0 all-time against UNO.

On Friday, the Huskers won nine out of the eleven individual events, while winning both the 400-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. A number of swimmers contributed to the victory, but junior Payton Michaud and senior Hayley Martin played significant roles on the day. Michaud won both the one-meter dive (289.57) and the three-meter dive (310.65), while Martin won the 50-yard freestyle (23.87) and was a part of both winning relay teams. 

Other Husker winners on Friday were Bailey Pons (1,000-yard free), Katt Sickle (200-yard free), Natalie Morris (200-yard fly), Ariel Weech (100-yard free), Ellan Dufour (200-yard back), and Morgan Flannigan (500-yard free).

On Saturday, the Huskers won all eleven individual events and both relays. Juniors Shannon Guy and Bailey Pons led the squad, each winning two events on the day. Guy was victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.82) and 100-yard butterfly (57.57), while Pons took first place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.96) and 1,650-yard freestyle (17:22.10).

Morgan Flannigan (200-yard free), Ariel Weech (50-yard free), Katie Davis (200-yard IM), Kelly Dunn (100-yard free), Ellan Dufour (100-yard back), Amy Herman (one-meter dive), and Payton Michaud (three-meter dive) were the other event winners for the Huskers.

Last Time Out: Huskers Down Panthers, Reach 10-0 (11/10)

The Nebraska swimming and diving team defeated Northern Iowa 155-82 Saturday morning at the Devaney Natatorium. With the victory, the Huskers improved to 10-0 in duals on the season.

The Huskers won all thirteen events on the day in another impressive showing. It was the squad's first time facing Northern Iowa since 2007, and the first time facing UNI head coach Doug Humphrey since his move from Nebraska after last season. Humphrey spent 20 years with the Huskers from 1991-2011 (five years as a swimmer, four as a graduate assistant, and eleven as an assistant). 

Juniors Bailey Pons and Payton Michaud led the way for Nebraska on the day. Pons won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.27) and 500-yard freestyle (4:59.71), while Michaud was victorious in both the one-meter dive (297.60) and three-meter dive (302.63).

Hayley Martin, Natalie Morris, Taryn Collura, Katie Ditter, Katie Davis, Ellan Dufour, and Morgan Flannigan also tallied victories for the Huskers, as the squad continued its spread-out success. Combined with Friday's victory over South Dakota State, Nebraska had 18 different swimmers who either won individual events or were a part of winning relay teams on the weekend.


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