Feb. 21, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) broke the Northwestern school record in the 50 free Thursday morning during preliminary action at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, qualifying second overall for the finals to highlight NU's morning at the meet.
Reynolds swam an NCAA `B' time of 22.14 to lower the previous mark of 22.26 set by All-American Andrea Hupman in 2008. Reynolds will be seeded second behind Wisconsin's Ivy Martin (21.84) in the quest for a Big Ten title during Thursday night's championship final. While not quite an `A' cut, Reynold's time also should ensure an NCAA Championships berth for her for the second year in a row.
While Reynolds was the lone Wildcat to earn a second swim in the 50 free Thursday, sophomore Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) turned in a career-best 23.25 to tie for 30th overall and senior Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was just one one-hundredth of a second behind in 33rd with a career-best 23.26 of her own.
Freshman Ellen Anderson
(Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) earned a second swim in her first individual Big Ten Championships event with a season-best 4:50.21 in the 500 free that placed her 24th overall, good for the final spot in Thursday night's bonus final.
In the 200 IM Thursday morning, junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) was NU's top finisher with a 36th place 2:02.93.
The day continues with diving prelims on Thursday afternoon before Thursday night's finals action begins at 6:30 p.m. CT. Live Results are available at Gophersports.com.
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