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    Two Pool Records Fall During First Night of Final Regular Season Meet

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Meredith King held on to a tight lead at the wall to win the 500 free Friday night, one of two Northwestern individual event victories in the opening session of this weekend's meet.
    Meredith King held on to a tight lead at the wall to win the 500 free Friday night, one of two Northwestern individual event victories in the opening session of this weekend's meet.

    Jan. 27, 2012


    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 18 Missouri broke two Norris Aquatics Center Pool records Friday night during the first session of a three-session, two-day double dual meet. After six total events, Northwestern trails Missouri, 61-49, while leading undefeated Denver, 83-26.

    This weekend's meet continues with two sessions tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. CT while the second gets under at 4 p.m. CT at the Norris Aquatics Center. Live results are available for all sessions of the meet.

    Prior to the second session tomorrow, Northwestern will celebrate Senior Day at approximately 3:50 p.m. The first 50 NU students in attendance will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito while one lucky student will win a quarter's supply of free burritos as part of the Northwestern swimming and diving Chipotle BIG GAME.

    As the sun set outside and a band of snow began to creep into the area, the action in the pool heated up quickly. No. 18 Missouri won the opening 200 free relay with a pool record and NCAA `B' consideration time of 1:31.67, taking down the old mark of 1:31.92 set by Northwestern's Emily Wong, Teisha Lightbourne, Alex Kraus and Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) in 2009. Northwestern's 2012 team of Tori Larsen (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community), Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and Reynolds placed second in Friday's race with a 1:33.72.

    The 500 free featured a three-way race for the top between a pair of Wildcats and a Pioneer. After leading throughout nearly the entire final heat, junior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) held off a furious rally from her Denver opponent to win in 4:56.10 with a .12 of a second margin of victory. Sophomore Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) was just .11 of a second out of the runner-up spot in third with a 4:56.33.



    Missouri notched its second pool record of the night when Shara Stafford went 1:59.13 to win the 200 IM, breaking a record of 2:01.12 that had stood since 1997 when it was set by Gabrielle Rose of Stanford. That performance led a sweep of the top spots in the event for the Tigers, with Northwestern's Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) leading the Northwestern contingent to the wall in a fifth-place time of 2:05.27. Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) took sixth overall behind Points with a 2:05.61 while senior Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) was eighth with a 2:06.24.

    Reynolds swam a Northwestern-season-best 23.23 to beat the field in the 50 free, leading a convoy to the wall with an impressive .34 of a second margin of victory. Larsen claimed fourth overall in 23.70 while Hall had a 24.04 to take seventh and McCullough went 24.11 to tie for ninth.

    Fresh off a tremendous performance at the German Nationals last weekend, junior Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic) returned to collegiate competition and won the 3-meter springboard against some strong Missouri talent especially. Lenz's 346.10 was her second-best score of the season in the event and gave her a 23.2 point margin of victory. Sophomore Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) took fourth place with a tally of 288.35.

    Friday evening concluded with the 400 medley relay, which saw Northwestern place second with a 3:46.03 from the team of Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer), Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School), Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) and Reynolds.


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