Feb. 20, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwestern waited little time to make history Wednesday during the opening night of the 2013 Big Ten Championships, smashing a 13-year-old school record in the very first event.
Northwestern's 200 medley team of freshman Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), senior Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), freshman Julia Pratt (Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes Rivet) and senior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) broke the school mark in the event by .81 of a second with a time of 1:39.19, smashing the previous mark which had stood since 2000.
Reynolds' anchor leg of 21.68 was especially impressive, rating as the second-fastest in the pool by one one-hundredth of a second and setting the stage for a big weekend from her.
Overall after the "soft open" of the meet with two relays, NU stands in ninth place with 36 points, tied with Iowa.
NU's 800 free relay comprised of freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg), Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial), Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) and Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) cut almost eight full seconds from their seed time to swim a 7:16.70 that placed them 10th overall.
Day two of the Big Ten Championships begins at 11 a.m. CT tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 21, with preliminary action. Finals are at 6:30 p.m. CT.
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