Jan. 12, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
Score: No. 21 Notre Dame 205, Northwestern 95
Score: No. 24 Michigan 192, Northwestern 108
Records: NU (2-4, 1-3 Big Ten), Michigan (2-4, 2-2 Big Ten), Notre Dame (3-3)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m. CT
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Northwestern won a diving board and a pair of freestyle events Saturday in a double dual meet against No. 21 Notre Dame and No. 24 Michigan, but came up short to both opponents in the team scores in its first action of the winter quarter.
The Wildcats now are 2-4 overall on the season, 1-3 in the Big Ten after falling 205-95 to the Irish and 192-108 to the Wolverines.
Saturday's meet marked the return of stellar junior Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) from injury and the continued resurgence of All-Big Ten senior diver Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School), who competed in just her second meet of the year after also battling an injury. The meet also unfortunately marked the first for NU this year without standout freshman Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage), who will miss the remainder of the year with an injury of her own.
Northwestern's top 200 medley relay team of Karen Turner
(Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), Katie McCullough
(Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), Julia Pratt
(Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes East) and Taylor Reynolds
(St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) finished fifth overall to open the meet, turning in a time of 1:45.28.
Freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) captured the first individual event of the afternoon in resounding fashion, topping the field of ranked foes in the 1,000 free by nearly 10 full seconds with a season-best 10:02.84. That time cut 10.14 seconds from Anderson's prior season-best at the distance. Junior Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) placed eighth overall, but also had a season-best time with a 10:21.12.
In her first action since missing all but the opening meet of the year, Powell swam a season-best 1:51.89 to touch in fourth overall in the 200 free and lead NU behind two Notre Dame swimmers and one Michigan entry.
Turner was fifth overall in the 100 back to finish as NU's top performer in the event, then the Irish and Wolverines swept the top positions in the 100 breast. Senior Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) turned in a season-best time of 2:05.77 in the 200 fly, ending up seventh overall in the race on Saturday.
Reynolds continued her stellar senior season and gave Northwestern its second win of the meet with a 23.39 in the 50 free, out-touching Notre Dame's second-place overall entry by one-tenth of a second. McCullough placed fourth overall in 23.85 behind two Irish swimmers to give NU a 1-2 sweep over the Wolverines in the event.
A Michigan and Notre Dame swimmer came in 1-2 in the 100 free followed by a caravan of 'Cats. Reynolds' 51.31 led the way, just 13 one-hundredths of a second behind the event winner. Powell swam a season-best 51.97 to take fourth place overall and sophomore Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) was fifth overall in 52.02.
Following a Turner sixth-place finish to lead the Wildcats in the 200 back, Goss was NU's top competitor in the 200 breast with a fifth-place overall result. Then, in the 500 free, Anderson had another strong race by was unable to reel in Michigan's Adrienne Bicek at the end. Anderson's second-place time of 4:56.55 was 3.33 seconds better than the third-place finisher, whose 4:59.88 barely out-touched Erin Sosdian's (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) fourth-place 5:00.05. NU's 2-4 finish versus Michigan in the event did give the Wildcats a 1-2 sweep over the Irish entrants.
In diving action, Northwestern dominated the field with a 1-2-5 overall finish (and a 1-2-3 sweep versus Michigan) on the 3-meter springboard. Felicitas Lenz smoked the field by 17.60 points to tally a Northwestern-season-best 314.90. Her sister, junior Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) had the second place score of 297.30 while junior Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) was fifth overall with a season-best 283.45 that was just 1.55 points shy of her career high in the event.
A Notre Dame diver won the 1-meter board followed by Felicitas Lenz in second, again with a Northwestern-season-best score. Her 302.10 gave her a pair of scores in the 300s during Saturday's action.
To conclude the swimming action, Northwestern's opponents swept the 100 fly and the 200 IM before the Wildcats' 400 free relay team of Nubbe, McCullough, Powell and Reynolds combined to swim a 3:25.65 and take second overall behind Notre Dame and in front of Michigan in the final race of the day.
Northwestern now has two weeks of training before returning to the competition pool at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 26, in a dual meet at Iowa. The Wildcats conclude the regular season Feb. 1-2 at home in the Northwestern Invitational.
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