Jan. 28, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern (9-4) handed previously 10-0 Denver its first dual-meet defeat of the season, 231.5-136.5, Saturday while falling to No. 18 Missouri, 204-166, in the final regular-season action of the year. The Tigers also notched their third Norris Aquatics Center pool record in Saturday's evening session.
In Saturday's morning session, Northwestern's 200 medley relay team of Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer), Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School), Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) and Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) finished second overall in 1:44.86. Missouri, which already set a Norris pool record in the 200 free relay and came close in the 400 medley relay Friday night, claimed first place while a good Reynolds anchor swim held off the Tiger `B' relay squad for the runner-up spot by .03 of a second.
Northwestern hung a 1-2-3 finish on Missouri in the 400 IM, finishing 2-3-4 overall in the event. Senior Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) and junior Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif./El Dorado) led the race from start to nearly finish, when a superhuman push at the end leapt Denver's Alex Suppan past Points by .04 of a second. Points' second-place time of 4:23.88 led Clifford's third-place and season-best effort of 4:24.39 while senior Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) was fourth overall after winning the first heat of the event in a season-best 4:25.16.
Cavanaugh swam a 56.34 to place third overall in the 100 fly behind one swimmer from Missouri and one from Denver. Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) was NU's next-best finisher with an eighth-place overall time of 57.90.
Sophomore Erin Sosdian
(The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) pulled ahead at the 100-yard mark of the 200 freestyle, only to be caught at the very end by a hard-charging Pioneer. Sosdian's 1:51.66 was .05 of a second shy of first, but put her in second overall ahead of a pair of Missouri entries. Meredith King
(Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) came in fifth with a 1:52.72 while senior Sheila O'Neill's
(Dunwoody, Ga./Marist School) win in the second heat translated into a sixth-place overall finish with a time of 1:52.92.
Wilson pulled ahead to win the 100 breast by almost a full second with a time of 1:03.34 while Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) was fourth overall behind a pair of Missouri swimmers in 1:05.51. Then, in the 100 back, Kim was Northwestern's top finisher after a fifth-place time of 57.60.
Saturday morning concluded with the 800 free relay, which saw the Northwestern team of Godbe, King, O'Neill and Sosdian swim a 7:31.20 to out-touch Denver at the wall by .13 of a second for second place.
Between the first and second sessions Saturday, the Northwestern divers hit up the 1-meter springboard event and sophomore Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) came out on top with a 286.45 score. Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) tallied 270.95 points to take fourth and Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) came in fifth with a 256.25 score.
The afternoon session began with the Wildcats trailing the No. 18 Tigers by 26 points, and Sosdian quickly cut into that deficit by winning the 1,650 free with a time of 16:56.84. NU got extra points via a third-place Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) time of 17:02.48 and aeventh-place overall time of 17:38.13 from senior Beth Loe (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington).
Clifford was NU's top finisher in the 200 back with a seventh-place time of 2:05.42, then Missouri notched its third pool record of the meet when Shara Stafford won the 100 free with a 49.65, besting Northwestern graduate Emily Wong's 49.74 from 2008. Reynolds was NU's top finisher in the event with a season-best 51.12 to take third overall.
Wilson was her typical dominant self in the 200 breast, crushing the field by 2.39 seconds to win in a time of 2:17.24. Points took fourth overall in 2:20.54 while Patterson was fifth with a 2:21.46.
Denver went 1-2 in the 200 fly followed by a trio of Northwestern Wildcats. Senior Cavanaugh led the convoy with a 2:04.27 while Clifford took fourth in 2:04.90 and Points swam in fifth with a 2:05.61.
In the final 400 free relay, the team of Reynolds, Godbe, O'Neill and Sosdian finished in third position with a time of 3:27.55.
Northwestern now is off from competition and focusing its training squarely on the February 15-18 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.
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