Huskers Prepare for Big Weekend in Water
Nebraska (Divers) at Mizzou Invitational
Date: Nov. 17-19
Location: Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, Mo.
Time: 10 a.m.
Nebraska (Swimmers) at Kansas Classic
Date: Nov. 18-20
Location: Capitol Federal Natatorium, Topeka, Kan.
Time: 10 a.m.
The Nebraska divers travel to Columbia, Mo. for competition at the Mizzou Invitational, Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19. While the Huskers divers are in Missouri, the swimmers will defend their 2015 meet title at the Kansas Classic.
The Kansas Classic, which was called the Big Challenge last year, will be held at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka from Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20. The meet features Arkansas-Little Rock, Northern Arizona, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and the hosts from Kansas. The Huskers swam to dual victories over Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Kansas earlier this season.
Last season, Nebraska amassed 969 points to defeat Kansas (892), Illinois (763.5), Iowa State (517.5), Northern Iowa (200) and Omaha (123) in the six-team event. Nebraska got event wins from 2016 senior Taryn Collura (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly) and Jordan Ehly (100 breast) along with relay wins in the 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relays on their way to the 2015 team title.
Husker All-American Anna Filipcic will take aim at individual titles on the one and three-meter boards in Missouri. In her last appearance at the Mizzou Invitational in 2014, Filipcic finished second in the one-meter dive (304.75) before adding a third-place finish (306.95) on the three-meter board.
The Huskers head into the weekend with a perfect 4-0 dual record while ranking as one of the nation's top 50 teams overall. Senior captain, Erin Oeltjen and sophomore Dana Posthuma return to Nebraska after competing in the USA College Challenge in Indianapolis, Ind., last weekend.
Following this weekend’s competition Nebraska’s swimmers will not be back in action until Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Huskers take on the Omaha Mavericks. The divers will be back in action Dec. 2-3, as they compete at the Jean Freeman Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. Check back to Huskers.com for updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving program.
Last Time Out: Filipcic Smashes Records, Huskers Crush Kansas
All-American Anna Filipcic smashed the Nebraska record in the three-meter dive while adding a Devaney Natatorium record on the one-meter board to power the Nebraska swimming and diving team's 198-101 victory over Kansas.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 4-0 to start the season for the first time since 2012-13, while snapping an eight-dual losing streak that spanned 12 years against Kansas. It marked the Huskers' first dual win over the Jayhawks since beating the beaks in blue, 180-120 in a Big 12 Conference dual at the Devaney Natatorium on Jan. 15, 2005. Kansas slipped to 3-1 on the year after the Big Red handed them their first setback of the season.
Filipcic's record-setting day in the diving well provided one of many highlights for the Huskers on the afternoon, as Nebraska claimed titles in 14 of the 16 events contests against the Jayhawks. Filipcic, a senior out of Omaha Burke, shattered her own school with a whopping six-dive total of 372.30 on the three-meter dive. Her previous career best came with a 359.03 against Illinois last season. She added a Devaney Natatorium record with a six-dive total of 330.52 in the one-meter diving event.
Filipcic wasn't the only Husker to score big points for the Big Red in the diving event. Freshman Abigail Knapton out of Omaha Marian contributed a runner-up finish with a career-best score of 289.43 on the one-meter board. She pitched in another career best with a 332.85 to finish second on the three-meter board. Sophomore Katrina Voge pitched in third-place finishes in both dives with a 235.27 on the one meter and a 275.03 on the three meter.
Before Filipcic and the Husker divers dominated in the well, the Nebraska swimmers erupted to a fast start in the pool. The Huskers opened with a victory in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:43.82. The relay consisted of freshmen Carla Gonzalez-Garcia, Tori Beeler and Allie Worrall and senior Erin Oeltjen.
Oeltjen and Worrall also joined forces Kaylyn Flatt and Lindsay Helferich to cap the meet for the Huskers with another victory in the 400 free relay (3:28.92). Oeltjen and Worrall each added pair of individual victories to claim four wins apiece on the day. Beeler also notched a four-win day, claiming three individual wins along with helping the Huskers in the 200 medley relay.
Oeltjen, a Husker co-captain out of Millard West High School in Omaha, raced to wins in the 100 (56.56) and the 200-yard backstrokes (2:01.62). Worrall, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., captured individual titles in the 50 freestyle (23.82) before adding a victory in the 100 freestyle (51.50). Worrall's times were both season bests, as she cut 0.59 off her time in the 100 free, since last Friday's win over Northern Iowa. Since the start of the season, Worrall has slashed nearly two seconds off her time in the 100 free.
Beeler, a freshman from Parkville, Mo., swam to a win in the 200-yard IM (2:05.27), while sweeping the 100 (1:03.46) and the 200-yard breaststroke titles (2:17.79). Beeler's times were all season and collegiate bests, as she slashed more than one second off her previous best in the 100 and 200 breasts. Beeler has moved within one second of the NCAA B standard in the 100, and is just 1.80 seconds from the B standard in the 200 breast.
Dana Posthuma, a sophomore out of Omaha Burke, captured wins in the 100 (56.02) and 200 butterfly events (2:02.28), while fellow sophomore Kaylyn Flatt produced a victory in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.71) before helping the Huskers to a win in the 400 free relay. Flatt also pitched in a runner-up finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:14.39).