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    No. 24 Purdue Hands NU Its First Loss, 187-113

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Shelly Patton won the 200 back and 200 IM Saturday for Northwestern against No. 24 Purdue.
    Shelly Patton won the 200 back and 200 IM Saturday for Northwestern against No. 24 Purdue.

    Nov. 3, 2012


    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
    Score: No. 24 Purdue 187, Northwestern 113
    Records: NU (2-1, 1-1 Big Ten), Purdue (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 3:30 p.m. CT

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 24 Purdue handed Northwestern its first dual-meet loss of the season Saturday afternoon at the Norris Aquatics Center, defeating the Wildcats 187-113.

    Purdue won the opening 200 medley relay, leading a pair of Northwestern teams which finished second and third. The team of Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) placed second in 1:44.85 while the squad of Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage), Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview), Valerie Nubbe (Hunstville, Ala./Huntsville) and Julia Pratt (Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes Rivet) came in third in 1:47.27, beating out Purdue's No. 2 relay by .35 of a second to notch two points.



    Freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) finished second to lead NU in the 1,000 free. She faced a healthy six-second deficit after 400 yards before gradually forcing her way back toward the race lead, but a strong final 100 from the top Boilermaker left Anderson 2.76 seconds behind in a time of 10:12.98.

    Purdue swept the top three spots in the 200 free, then Turner turned a .30 of a second deficit at the halfway point into a .41 of a second victory in the 100 back, swimming a 57.03. Patton placed third for the Wildcats in 58.50 to help NU bounce back a bit in the scoring column.

    Kurke led NU in the 100 breast with a second-place time of 1:06.47 while McCullough garnered fourth-place points in 1:07.12. Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) and Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) were 2-3 in the 200 fly for the Wildcats, with Soderholm turning in a 2:04.29 and King swimming a 2:04.69.

    Reynolds swam a blazing 23.37 in the 50 free to win by .28 of a second in a season-best time. Purdue was able to take the top 3-meter diving spot during the opening half of the meet, though NU divers placed second-through-fourth behind the Boilermaker. Freshman Caroline Grant (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was the top NU competitor with a score of 256.87 followed by Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) in third with a 248.62 and Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) in fourth with a 237.45.

    Coming out of the break, Reynolds' season-best 51.80 in the 100 free was good for second place to split a 1-3-4 Purdue finish. Patton then came from behind to catch Purdue's Colleen Drew in the 200 back, splitting her final 50 yards nearly a full second faster than the Boilermaker for a winning time of 2:03.65. Turner placed third in 2:04.82 while Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) came in fourth for two points with a 2:07.16.

    Kurke was second to lead NU in the 200 breast with a time of 2:24.08, holding off a hard charge for the spot from a Purdue opponent by seven one-hundredths of a second. Purdue then swept the top two spots in the 500 free and the 100 fly heading into the second break.

    Over the second half of the meet, Purdue grabbed the top two spots on the 1-meter springboard followed in third by Lenz's season-best score of 266.62.

    Patton built a huge lead in the 200 IM during the backstroke leg then held on for the win in 2:05.39. Soderholm came in fourth for NU with a 2:07.19 in the race. In the final event of the meet, Purdue tracked down the Wildcats in the 200 free relay by .21 of a second to defeat NU 1:34.23 to the 1:34.43 turned in by Hall, Reynolds, Pratt and McCullough.

    Northwestern returns to action at 3:30 p.m. CT Thursday, Nov. 8, in a combined men's and women's dual meet at Big Ten foe Wisconsin in Madison.


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