Feb. 16, 2012
Official 2012 B1G Championships Site
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Northwestern continued at the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday evening and it was junior Taylor Reynolds who turned in a memorable performance at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
The final individual racer of the night for the 'Cats was Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) in the 50 freestyle and she proved to be the fastest, too. After posting an NCAA `B' cut time of 22.99 seconds in the morning prelims, Reynolds charged even harder in the evening session. Swimming in lane eight, she won the consolation finals with a career-best time of 22.68 seconds, the fourth-best mark in program history. The time also held up as the night's fifth quickest in the event after the final heat concluded.
Thursday's evening session kicked off at Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center with the 200 freestyle relay. The Wildcats, swimming in heat two, conquered the event in 1:30.59, strong enough for fifth place and an NCAA `B' cut time. The effort also marked the fourth swiftest effort in school annals. The relay squad was comprised of Reynolds, Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial), Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and Tori Larsen (Elmhurst, Ill./York).
The first individual swimmer to hit the pool in the evening session was sophomore Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Prep) in the 500 freestyle bonus final. A second alternate after preliminaries, Sosdian found herself in the field and swan the race in 4:50.74.
Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) earned a place in the bonus final of the 200 IM. The Northwestern senior posted a time of 2:02.39 in the event's first heat, just off her personal-best time, which she set earlier in the day.
In the morning session, Fallon Fitzpatrick (Delray Beach, Fla./BR Community) was the first of seven Wildcats to swim the 500 yard freestyle at the CRWC. The sophomore narrowly missed out on a career-best with a time of 5:06.69, but was more than 10 seconds quicker than her seeded time.
Beth Loe (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) swam in heat three and she turned in the second fastest time of the morning in 4:56.09 to that point. About midway through the race she powered past Wisconsin's Kelly Winckler swimming to her left and held on to the advantage for the duration of the event.
Northwestern's Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) and Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif./El Dorado) were placed together in heat five. Goss, a sophomore, swam the fastest 500 free of her career in a time of 4:55.60. Clifford, a junior, did the same at a career-best clip 4:56.18.
The seventh heat was the tightest of the event to that point and the Wildcats came out of it with the top two times. Powell held off a charging Sosdian in a personal-best time of 4:49.56. Sosdian finished the race in 4:50.16, nearly six seconds faster than her previous best effort.
Junior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) was the final 'Cat in the pool for the 500 freestyle. She, too, turned in her best time of the season at 4:51.57.
Madeline Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) was the first NU swimmer in the pool for the 200 yard individual medley. She finished second in the second heat of the event with a time of 2:07.64. Sophomore Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) dropped close to four seconds off her seed time to post a career-best pace of 2:02.69. Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) turned in a preliminary time of 2:02.61 swimming in heat seven.
Patterson continued the trend of swimming a personal best with a time of 2:01.21 in the event to earn a spot in the bonus final this evening. Godbe was the the second alternate for the event.
The morning session concluded with 50 yard freestyle. Of Northwestern's seven swimmers in the event, Reynolds posted the top effort in a time of 22.99 seconds, an NCAA `B' cut standard. With that time, Reynolds earned a spot in the consolation finals later tonight. Freshman Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) placed second amongst her teammates with a time of 23.74, just ahead of senior Sheila O'Neill (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist School), who clocked in at 23.76.
The one meter diving event also took place on Thursday. Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick), Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) and Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) each dove for NU. Sophomore Cosima Lenz finished fourth in the consolation finals and 12th overall with a score of 288.55, while Campbell finished the day in 17th-place finish, and Felicitas Lenz dove 19th in the talented field of 44.
Through seven events at the 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, Northwestern sits in eighth place overall with 88 points. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota currently lead through day two.
Competition amongst the Big Ten's best will get underway once again on Friday at 11 a.m. Tomorrow's schedule features the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, as well as the three meter springboard dive.
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