Feb. 17, 2012
Official 2012 B1G Championships Site
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Northwestern turned in seven NCAA `B' cut times Friday morning at the Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships, highlighted by Jenny Wilson's 100 breaststroke mark of 1:00.14 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Friday's first event was the 400 individual medley with six preliminary heats. The Wildcats entered six swimmers in the competition with three of them swimming together in the third heat. Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) pushed neck-and-neck with Indiana's Dorina Szerkas through the breaststroke and freestyle to turn in a time of 4:14.20, her best of the season. Both Szerkas and Points came in under the pool record at the time.
Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif./El Dorado) finished just behind Points at a pace of 4:16.93, while Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) finished in 4:25.56 in heat three.
(Madison, Wis./Madison East) and Kathleen Patterson
(Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) swam side-by-side in the following heat in lanes seven and eight. Soderholm clocked in at a career-best 4:18.35, while Patterson gave her best effort of the year in the 400 IM in 4:19.78. Meredith King
(Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) swam the event in 4.19.66 in the final preliminary heat.
Points, Clifford, Soderholm and King all posted NCAA `B' cut times. Points is seeded sixth heading into the finals tonight; Clifford is 15th and will represent the 'Cats in the consolation final. Soderholm and King earned spots in the bonus final and Patterson is the first alternate.
The second event in the pool was the 100 butterfly race. Fallon Fitzpatrick (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) won her heat with a time of 57.46 seconds, a career best and nearly two second faster than her seed time. Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) turned in a performance of 57.67 seconds.
Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) was the final Northwestern swimmer in the event and she clocked in with the fastest time of her career in 54.54 seconds, an NCAA `B' cut standard. Cavanaugh finished 13th overall to earn a spot in the consolation final this evening.
The next event for the Big Ten's best was the 200 freestyle. Beth Loe (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) as the first 'Cat in the water, posting a time of 1:54.06, her best effort this year. Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville), swimming in her first conference championship meet, swam the race in 1:53.78.
Shelia O'Neill (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist School) and Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens), two seniors swimming in their final Big Ten Championships, swam in 1:53.41 and 1:48.76, respectively. For Godbe, that pace marks the fastest effort in the 200 free of her accomplished career.
Two Wildcats were placed in the event's final heat, the 11th overall. Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Prep) and Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) each posted top-24 times to earn spots in this evening's `C' final. Powell placed 20th overall at 1:48.33 and Sosdian swam 24th in the field at 1:48.86, a career best. Godbe's time also held up for 23rd place.
In the 100 breaststroke, Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) swam the race in 1:05.64, just shy of her career best output. After being disqualified from her heat, Meaghen Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) turned in a time trial performance of 1:05.62.
Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) swam for Northwestern in the sixth heat and all she did was post one of the nation's fastest times in her event this season. Wilson's effort of 1:00.14 came in less than fractions of a second over the NCAA `A' standard. She also eclipsed her own second-place effort in school history of 1:01.31 in 2011. Wilson is seeded third for tonight's 100 breaststroke final event.
The final swimming event of the morning session was the 100 backstroke and the `Cats sent a trio of freshmen into the water. Tori Larsen (Elmhurst, Ill./York) kicked off first with a time of 58.42 seconds. Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) turned in her heat's top time in 56.40, nearly two seconds off her seed time. Finally, Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer) finished with a mark of 57.05.
After turning in an eye-popping effort in the 50 freestyle consolation final Thursday night of 22.99 seconds, Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) swam even faster in a time trial Friday. The junior clocked in a 22.46 seconds and including last night's results, Reynolds has the third fastest 50 freestyle time of this meet. That marked Northwestern's seventh and final NCAA `B' cut of the day, as well as the third fastest swim in program history.
The three meter diving competition will begin this afternoon and a full recap will be included in tonight's results. The finals of both Friday's swimming events and the three meter dive will get underway this evening inside the CRWC at 6:30 p.m. Live results will be available through the Big Ten Championship site, which is linked at the top of the page.
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