Huskers Take Third at Kansas Classic
Topeka, Kan. - The Nebraska swimmers finished competition in the Kansas Classic at the Capital Federal Natatorium on Sunday. The Huskers finished in third place with a team score of 674 on the weekend. Notre Dame (976.5) and Kansas (853.5) placed first and second, respectively.
The Huskers got off to a great start on Sunday, with Bailey Pons winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in a meet record time of 16:48.88. Katt Sickle (17:16.92) and Morgan Flannigan (17:23.56) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Ashleigh Grammar finished in 14th with a time of 18:14.60.
Ariel Weech was the other Husker winner on the day, as she was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.31 seconds. Additionally, Hayley Martin had a big day for the Huskers, placing fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.81), seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (52.65), and earning a second place finish as a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team.
Ashley Reiter finished fifth in the 200-yard breastroke, while Kristin Strecker finished in eighth. Natalie Morris placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.42.
Other top-16 Husker finishers were Ellan Dufour (200 Back), Ashley Reiter (100 Breast), Kelsey Larson (200 Breast), Melisa Mexia (200 Butterfly), and Kelly Dunn (100 Free).
Overall, Nebraska won four of the eighteen events on the weekend, with Bailey Pons winning both the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles to lead the way.
The squad will return to action with the Hawkeye Invitational beginning Nov. 30 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Huskers will then have a break until Holiday Training in January. Their next dual isn't until January 19, when they host San Diego State at the Devaney Natatorium.