March 16, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -- Senior Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) broke the Northwestern 100-yard breaststroke school record during preliminary action Friday at the NCAA Championships before earning All-America first team honors in the event with an eighth-place national finish in the `A' final Friday night.
Swimming out of lane No. 7 in the fifth heat of six during the morning session, Wilson blazed to a time of 59.61 to earn the eighth spot in the championship final by two-hundredths of a second. Having given her very best to make the top eight in the nation, Wilson then swam a 1:00.81 in the evening to place eighth overall.
Wilson's prelim time broke Amy Balcerzak's 12-year-old Northwestern school record of 59.84 in the event, making her one of just two Wildcats to ever break the minute barrier in the race. Wilson previously broke Balcerzak's 13-year-old school record in the 200 breast at the 2012 Big Ten Championships; Wilson will swim that event Saturday at the NCAA Championships.
Wilson is the third Wildcat to earn All-America honors in the 100 breast, joining four-time award winner Balcerzak (1997-2000) and 1989 honorable mention honoree Amy Charnes. Wilson's 100 breast All-America award is the 146th earned by Northwestern under 18th-year head coach Jimmy Tierney and its first since the 2008 season when NU finished 19th in the nation.
With Wilson's 11 points Friday, Northwestern currently is in 29th position out of 44 teams that have scored points at the 2012 NCAA Championships. NU's meet concludes Saturday with Wilson in the 200 breast and junior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) in the 100 free.
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