Feb. 22, 2013
Friday Preliminary Results
MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwestern advanced four swimmers to finals action Friday during preliminary action at the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, notching a pair of NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in the process.
NU's divers still are competing in the 3-meter springboard prelims during the afternoon.
In the 400 IM Friday morning, junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) snuck into the scoring consolation final Friday night with an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 4:18.75, tying her for 15th overall after the morning. On the other side of that No. 16 spot was senior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual), who knocked exactly two seconds from her seed time in the event to touch in a `B' cut of 4:19.08 to place 17th overall. She will headline the bonus final Friday night.
Sophomore Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) was Northwestern's top finisher in the 100 fly Friday morning with a career-best time of 56.28 to place 40th overall.
One day after earning a bonus swim lane in the 500 free, freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) narrowly missed out on one in the 200 free Friday. Anderson swam a season-best 1:49.70 to place 29th overall, just .19 of a second away from 24th position and the final spot in the `C' heat Friday night. Junior Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial), who missed much of the season with an injury so was not quite able to reach peak training prior to Big Tens, still had a nice season-best 1:50.35 swim to knock 1.25 seconds off her seed time and finish 38th.
Two Wildcats earned second swims in the 100 breast during preliminary qualification action, led by senior Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who tore apart her career-best in the event by way more than a full second to swim a 1:03.06 and place 19th overall. Right behind McCullough in 20th was freshman Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview), who also cut more than one second from her previous best with a 1:03.08.
Junior Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) also had a great swim in the 100 breast, lowering her career-best time by more than two seconds to 1:04.21, which placed her 32nd in the field.
Freshman Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) was NU's top finisher in the 100 back in her first-career individual Big Ten Championships event. She shaved .21 of a second from her season-best to touch in 55.59 and place 29th overall. Sophomore Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) was just one one-hundredth of a second away from her career-best time in the event, tying for 37th with a 56.41.
While diving preliminaries continue throughout the afternoon, finals action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight.
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