Nov. 5, 2011
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Score: Purdue 171, Northwestern 122
Records: NU (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten), Purdue (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Nov. 11, 2011 -- vs. Wisconsin (Norris Aquatic Center), 5 p.m. CT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After opening its season with a Big Ten road win two weeks ago at Illinois, Northwestern traveled in-conference again Saturday, falling at Purdue, 171-122.
Tough luck struck Northwestern right off the bat when its `A' 400 medley relay team was disqualified, leading to a clean sweep of the event by Purdue.
Sophomore Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) was NU's top finisher in the 1,000 free, placing third with a time of 10:18.37. Classmate Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) then took second in the 200 free with a 1:52.19 to lead NU in that event.
After a 1-2-3 Purdue finish in the 100 back, senior Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) swam a very strong 1:03.02 in the 100 breast, coming in second behind a Purdue swimmer who posted an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying standard. Senior Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) took third in the race with a 1:05.63.
Junior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) was the top finisher in a 3-4-5 NU effort in the 200 fly, turning in a time of 2:04.70. Purdue then took the top three spots in the 50 free with Marybeth Hall's (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) fourth-place 23.73 the top time for the Wildcats.
During the first diving break, junior Felicitas Lenz
(Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) took first place on the 1-meter springboard with a 289.13 Sophomore Cosima Lenz
(Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) scored a 251.55 in the event for third-place points.
Coming out of the break, Powell was third in the 100 free with a 52.19 to lead Northwestern, then Meaghan Fenn's (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) NU-best 2:06.29 in the 200 back also was good for a third place finish.
Wilson crushed the field in the 200 breast to win by 3.58 seconds with a season-best 2:17.17. The Purdue swimmer who notched a `B' cut in the 100 breast was second, followed by NU's Patterson and her 2:21.66 in third.
King led a 2-3-4 finish in the 500 free for the Wildcats, turning in a time of 5:02.07. Erin Sosdian (The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) was third in 5:02.52 while Goss was fourth in 5:07.64.
In the 100 fly, senior Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) trailed at the 50-yard mark, but closed hard and nearly pulled out the win. Her 56.46 earned second-place points for NU and was .14 of a second behind the event winner.
Felicitas Lenz made it a clean sweep on the boards over a very strong diving program, winning the 3-meter competition with a 313.05. Cosima Lenz again was third with a 296.10.
In the 200 IM, Patterson and Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) went 1-2 for a Northwestern sweep. Patterson swam a 2:06.52 while Godbe turned in a 2:07.01. The Wildcats then closed out the meet with a second-place 3:30.18 in the 400 free relay from the team of Hall, Tori Larsen (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community), King and Powell.
Northwestern returns to action at 5 p.m. CT Friday, Nov. 11, in its home opener against Wisconsin at the Norris Aquatic Center.
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