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    Northwestern Eases Past UIC In Home Opener, 185.5-94.5

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Becca Soderholm won a pair of events Friday against UIC.
    Becca Soderholm won a pair of events Friday against UIC.

    Nov. 2, 2012


    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
    Score: Northwestern 185.5, UIC 94.5
    Records: NU (2-0), UIC (2-1)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 -- vs. Purdue (Norris Aquatics Center), 1 p.m. CT

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern opened its home 2012-13 season in impressive fashion Friday afternoon against UIC, winning all but two events for a commanding 185.5-94.5 victory.

    The teams swam a modified 15-event schedule, beginning with the 100-yard races in all three strokes. The first race ended in a dead-heat, the second in a UIC win and third in a one-hundredth of a second victory for the Wildcats before NU proceeded to dominate the proceedings the rest of the way.

    In the first event of the meet, the 100 back, sophomore Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) swam to a dead-heat first-place finish alongside UIC's Anne Jacobsen, with the Wildcat swimming a 30.13 final 50 yards to reel in her Flame opponent and touch in an identical time of 59.18. Junior Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Prep) was third in 59.81 while freshman Brooke Wanser (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saddleback Valley Christian) also scored in fourth place.



    In the 100 breast, UIC's Monica Pinkus was the winner followed by a trio of Wildcats. Freshman Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) touched second in 1:06.41 followed closely by teammates Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) in third with a 1:06.47 and Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) in fourth with a 1:06.76.

    Trailing midway through the 100 fly by four-tenths of a second, freshman Julia Pratt (Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes Rivet) made a furious comeback to out-touch the top UIC swimmer by one one-hundredth of a second, 59.68 to 59.69. Classmate Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) took fourth in 1:00.15.

    After building a huge early lead in the 1,000 free, freshman Emily Launer (DeKalb, Ill./Rosary) held off a steady charge over the final 400 yards to win the event by .29 of a second over her nearest challenger, turning in a 10:24.85. Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) captured third-place points in 10:31.39.

    Freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) led a 1-2 Northwestern sweep in the 200 free, easing her way to a more than three full second victory over Sosdian in second. Anderson swam a 1:52.96 while Sosdian came in at 1:55.03.

    Northwestern made a clean sweep of the 50 free with senior Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) leading the charge in 24.09. Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) took second in 24.23, Pratt was third with a 24.49 and Valerie Nubbe (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) came in fourth with a 24.55. NU then went into the first break with a top-three sweep of the 200 IM led by Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) in 2:08.06. Turner took second with a 2:09.65 and Klichowski came in third in 2:14.09.

    Junior Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) and Caroline Grant (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) took 1-2 on the 3-meter springboard during the first portion of the meet. Lenz scored a 266.25 while Grant had a 242.22 to stay well separated from the rest of the field.

    Coming out of the break, Soderholm won her second event of the meet with a 2:05.61 in the 200 fly. She was followed by Hall in second with a 2:06.94. In a four-person 100 free race, Patton came from behind with a 52.61 at the wall to win by five one-hundredths of a second while Nubbe took third in 53.13.

    Anderson won her second event of the meet to lead a top-four sweep of the 200 back. Her 2:06.21 bested the field by 2.38 seconds and was followed by Sosdian in second (2:08.59), Klichowski in third (2:09.44) and Wanser in fourth (2:10.69). King then captured the 500 free with a 5:06.92 over second-place teammate Launer's 5:08.82.

    During the second part of the meet, Lenz earned her second win with a 265.10 on the 1-meter springboard. Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) came in third with a 243.15 while Grant placed fourth.

    UIC got its first win of the meet since the second event in the 200 breast, though Goss (2:26.36), Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) (2:27.25) and Soderholm (2:28.16) went 2-3-4.

    In the lone relay and final event of the evening, Northwestern's 400 free relay squad of McCullough, Sosdian, Anderson and Patton swam a 3:32.90 to win by .53 of a second.

    Northwestern returns to action at 1 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3, in a combined men's and women's dual meet against Big Ten foe Purdue at the Norris Aquatics Center.


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