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    Northwestern Narrowly Misses School Record on Opening Night of Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Meghan Cavanaugh swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay Wedneday.
    Meghan Cavanaugh swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay Wedneday.

    Feb. 15, 2012

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa --Northwestern kicked off the first night of 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City by nearly taking down a 12-year old school record at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

    The night literally got off to a fast start for the 'Cats as they posted the top time in the opening heat of the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:40.08. Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer) grabbed the lead on the first turn with her backstroke and the Wildcats never trailed and never looked back. Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School), and Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) persevered the advantage with the breaststroke and butterfly, respectively. Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) finished off the heat in first place for Northwestern to secure the foursomes place in history.

    The mark, an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 1:40.08 not only set a season high for NU, but it is the swiftest since 2009 (1:40.44) and it ranks second all-time in program annals. The fastest time, just six one-hundredths of a second ahead of today's pace, was set in 2000 (1:40.02).

    In between relays the meet's divers put on a three-meter synchronized diving exhibition. The Wildcats were proudly represented on the board by the sister act of junior Felicitas Lenz and sophomore Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School). The Lenz sisters placed fourth in the exhibition.

    Night one of the women's championships concluded with the 800 freestyle relay. The Wildcats swam in the event's second heat and finished with a time of 7:14.80. The group of Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./Madison East), Erin Sodsian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park), Meredith King (Lousiville, Ky./duPont Manual), and Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) swam in a time of 7:14.80, the sixth-best pace in school history.

    Thursday marks the first full day of the 2012 B1G Swimming and Diving Championships. Swimming gets underway at 11 a.m. with the preliminary heats for the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 50 freestyle. The 1-meter diving trials and consolation finals begin at 1 p.m. The final heats for those events will begin at 6:30 p.m. at CRWC.


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