Feb. 1, 2013
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
Score: Northwestern 63, Nebraska 47
Score: Ohio State 60, Northwestern 47
Score: Nebraska 55, Iowa 55
Score: Ohio State 66, Nebraska 41
Score: Ohio State 63.5, Iowa 43.5
Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 -- Conclusion of the Northwestern Invitational (Norris Aquatics Center), 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After the first session Friday evening of the two-day, three-session Northwestern Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center, NU leads Big Ten opponent Nebraska, 63-47, while trailing Ohio State, 60-47.
The Northwestern Invitational will conclude with two sessions at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2. Northwestern graduate and six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers will be in attendance at Saturday's second session after being inducted in the NU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night.
The NU Invite is being scored as a quad-dual meet, however after just swimming against each other in a dual meet last week in Iowa City, Northwestern and Iowa are not scoring against each other this weekend.
Northwestern opened the meet with a flurry, grabbing a large lead in the 200 free relay before easing in for the victory. The team of Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville), Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves), Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) and Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) touched in 1:32.91, 1.01 seconds faster than second-place Ohio State.
Freshman Emily Launer
(DeKalb, Ill./Rosary) was Northwestern's top finisher in the 500 free individual event, touching in seventh position overall in 5:01.11 and followed closely by classmate Ellen Anderson
(Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburgh) in ninth place with a 5:01.71. Then, in the 200 IM, junior Becca Soderholm
(Madison, Wis./Madison East) was the first Wildcat to the wall in an 11th-place overall time of 2:09.82.
In the 50 free, Reynolds bested the entire field with a 23.23 to record her seventh victory in the event on the season. McCullough took fifth overall in 23.82.
Senior Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) won the 3-meter diving competition Friday night with a 306.70, registering the only score north of 300 on the night. Junior Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) and her classmate Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) also scored for the 'Cats courtesy of a fourth-place overall 276.95 and a 275.30, respectively.
To close out Friday's action, Northwestern's 400 medley relay squad of Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), McCullough, Nubbe and Reynolds swam a 3:48.16 to place third overall behind a pair of Ohio State entries.
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