Feb. 23, 2013
Saturday Preliminary Results
MINNEAPOLIS -- Five Wildcats earned second swims, including one championship final berth, during the official Saturday preliminary session at the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships.
While the official session was just four events long, the day continues with platform diving prelims in the early afternoon and then heats of the mile beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT. NU has point scoring threats in both of those events, including All-Big Ten platform performer Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School), who finished second in the event one year ago.
After breaking the school record in the 50 free and finishing fifth overall on Thursday, senior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) will compete in the championship final of the 100 free Saturday after lowering her career-best in the event to an NCAA `B' time of 49.29 Saturday morning and earning the eighth and final spot in the `A' heat. She entered the event as the No. 2 overall seed and should be able to go exceptionally low in the final.
Sophomore Valerie Nubbe (Hunstville, Ala./Huntsville) continued another strong Big Ten meet with a career-best 50.46 in the 100 free to capture 31st position. Every Nubbe swim thus far at the Championships has been a career-best.
Both freshman Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) and junior Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) earned second-swims in the 200 breast bonus final. Kurke dropped her season best .72 of a second to touch in 2:17.17 and finish 21st overall while Goss lowered her career-best by 1.70 seconds to turn in a 2:17.47 and place 22nd.
In the 200 butterfly, two more Wildcats earned bonus final lanes. Senior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) swam a 2:01.52 to place 19th overall while junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) picked up the 24th and final lane Saturday night with a morning 2:02.34.
Junior Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) was Northwestern's top finisher during the 200 back prelims Saturday morning, crushing her career-best in the event by 2.90 seconds to touch in 2:00.49 and finish 30th overall. Freshman Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) was unable to match her NCAA `B' cut from the fall and ended up 33rd in 2:01.48.
The official Saturday finals session gets underway at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight with the last heat of the women's mile.
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