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    Northwestern Celebrates Seniors at NU Invitational

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Katie McCullough was one of six seniors honored Saturday at the Northwestern Invitational.
    Senior Katie McCullough was one of six seniors honored Saturday at the Northwestern Invitational.

    Feb. 2, 2013


    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
    Score: Nebraska 198, Northwestern 171
    Score: Ohio State 228, Northwestern 130
    Score: Iowa 191, Nebraska 179
    Score: Ohio State 224, Nebraska 134
    Score: Ohio State 225.5, Iowa 135.5
    Next NU Event: Feb. 20-23--Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern celebrated Senior Day Saturday during the third and final session of the two-day Northwestern Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center, honoring six Wildcats prior to their final swims at NU.

    Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif./El Dorado), Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School), Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton), Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual), Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School), Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) were feted prior to the meet by their parents, fans, coaches, teammates, Northwestern AD Jim Phillips and University President Morton Schapiro.



    The NU Invite was 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.

    The Wildcats ultimately fell to their two scoring opponents in the team race, dropping a 198-171 decision to Nebraska and a 228-130 matchup against Ohio State.

    Saturday morning began with the 200 medley relay where the team of Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), McCullough, Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) and Reynolds just missed a season-best time by nine one-hundredths of a second to finish in 1:43.74, good for third place overall behind Ohio State and Nebraska.

    Junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) was Northwestern's top finisher in the 400 IM, swimming a 4:28.78 to take fifth place overall and first against Nebraska. Fenn, junior Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) and freshman Emily Launer (DeKalb, Ill./Rosary) placed 10th, 11th and 12th overall, respectively, but gave NU a 1-3-4-5 finish against Nebraska in that particular matchup.

    Nubbe was the top Northwestern finisher in the 100 fly, placing 10th overall with a 57.65. Fifth place through 10th all were bunched and separated by just .25 of a second. In the 200 free, junior Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) was the top 'Cat with a seventh-place overall time of 1:52.79.

    Freshman Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) took fourth overall and first against Nebraska in the 100 breast, swimming to a time of 1:04.81. McCullough made it a 1-3 finish against the Huskers with a seventh-place overall time of 1:05.77. Goss had a strong swim as well, turning in a season-best 1:06.46 in the event to finish 11th overall.

    Turner swam to a fifth-place overall finish in the 100 back for Northwestern, touching in 57.06 to round out Saturday morning's individual events for NU. To cap off the session, the Wildcats' 800 free relay of Launer, Powell, Nubbe and freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) placed fifth overall in 7:36.38.

    In between sessions, Felicitas Lenz won her second board of the meet with a 277.80 to capture the 1-meter competition. Junior Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) gave a nice performance to grab third-place overall points with a 265.15 while Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) took fifth with a total of 263.45.

    The mile kicked off Saturday night's action with Anderson placing fifth in 17:12.78 and Launer seventh with a 17:45.07. Turner then was the Wildcats' top finisher in the 200 backstroke with a seventh-place time of 2:03.77.

    Reynolds finished second behind a Nebraska entry in the 100 free, touching the wall in 50.78, just .22 of a second behind the winner. Nubbe (52.39) and Powell (52.45) took 10th and 11th overall in the race, respectively.

    In the 200 breast, Goss and Kurke took fourth and fifth overall, and 1-2 versus NU's Nebraska opponents. Goss touched in 2:21.03 while Kurke's time was 2:22.33. Then, in the 200 fly, King's 2:05.40 was good for fifth place overall while Soderholm's 2:07.27 notched her seventh position.

    Northwestern closed the meet with a third place finish in the 400 free relay, getting a time of 3:27.77 from the team of Nubbe, Reynolds, Powell and McCullough.

    Northwestern returns to action Feb. 20-23 at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.


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