Feb. 18, 2012
Official 2012 B1G Championships Site
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jenny Wilson swam down a Northwestern record that had stood for 13 years by turning in an eye-popping time of 2:11.84 in the 200 breaststroke on Saturday morning at the Big Ten Swimming Championships. Wilson surpassed Amy Balcerzak's time of 2:12:30, established in 1999.
Following Friday's sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke final, the 'Cats' Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) also swam Saturday's 200-yard version. Wilson clocked in at 2:11.84, an NCAA `B' cut time and a career-best by 1.30 seconds. The senior will represent Northwestern in this evening's final after placing seventh through the prelims.
Seven heats of the 200 backstroke started the party on Saturday morning. Northwestern entered two swimmers, both in heat three. Freshman Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) continued a strong meet with the fastest time in the heat at 2:01.87, 3.57 seconds faster than her seed time. The newcomer powered past the field in the final 50 yards to earn the second fastest time to that point. Junior Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) clocked in with her best effort of the season as well in 2:03.27.
The next event was the 100 freestyle with 10 Wildcats spread across 12 heats. Northwestern's top freestyler through the meet, Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves), continued to perform at a high level. Reynolds won heat nine of the 100 freestyle event going away in a then-pool record time of 49.30. That time signifies a career best, an NCAA `B' cut effort and the third top time in program laurels. Reynolds placed fifth overall and will swim in the final tonight.
Fallon Fitzpatrick (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) led things off with a mark of 53.36 seconds, a career-best and close to a second faster than her seed time. Shelby Johnson (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata), who was named Northwestern's Sportsmanship honoree Friday night, followed that up with a 53.22 of her own.
Freshman Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer) went 52.57 in the 100 free and classmate Valerie Nubbe (Hunstville, Ala./Hunstville) swam in 52.05, both career-bests in their young tenure. Sheila O'Neill (Dunwoody, Ga./The Marist School) swam a 53.01.
Tori Larsen (Elmhurst, Ill./York) and Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) swam second and third, respectively in heat six. Larsen touched the wall at 50.67 just ahead of McCullough's 51.15, both career-best marks. Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) and Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) were also paired up in heat eight. Godbe finished third in a time of 50.80, while Hall touched home in 51.69 seconds.
Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) swam her heat in 50.36 seconds, strong enough for 22nd place overall and a spot in tonight's `C' final.
Fenn continued her busy day and jumped back into the pool for the 200 breaststroke's third heat. The NU junior posted the third top time in her heat at 2:19.27, beating her previous career best by 2.81 seconds.
After claiming the bronze medal in the 400 IM, Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) posted a preliminary time of 2:16.43 in the 200 breaststroke, narrowly missing an NCAA `B' cut standard. Teammate Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) finished in 2:17.87 for the Wildcats. Points wound up 21st in the field of 55 to secure a spot in the bonus final.
The final event of the morning session was the 200 butterfly with four `Cats competing for a spot in the finals. Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) delivered an NCAA `B' cut effort with a time of 2:00.30, the best mark in her storied four-year career. Cavanaugh earned a spot in the consolation final this evening, where she'll be joined by Points.
Points finished her heat in 1:59.72, good for 10th place overall through the prelims. The senior also notched the NCAA `B' cut standard.
Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) and Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif./El Dorado) secured lanes for the bonus final of the 200 butterfly with times of 2:01.44 and 2:01.78, respectively. For Clifford, that score signifies a career best by 3.12 seconds.
After the morning swim, sister Felicitas Lenz and younger sibling Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) put on a clinic in the platform diving competition. Felicitas used a monster effort that garnered a score of 75.2 on her fifth and final dive to vault from fifth place all the way up to second with 284.80 points. Cosima maintained a steady effort throughout her five dives to tally a cumulative of 279.30. Both sisters will advance to tonight's platform finals for the Wildcats.
The finals are scheduled to begin this evening at the CRWC at 6:30 p.m., however may be pushed back depending on the length of the one-mile heats. Live results will be available by visiting the Official Big Ten Championship site, which is linked above.
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