Nov. 16, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern is in second place out of six teams after the first day of action Friday at the 2012 TYR Invitational, trailing Illinois by 32 points while leading its nearest competitor by 78.
NU has 268 total points through seven events at the three-day meet, second-best to Illinois' 300. Bowling Green State University is in third with 190 points following by North Dakota (177), UIC (116) and Kenyon College (83).
Day two of the TYR Invitational begins at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 17, with preliminary action. Finals will get underway at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Live results can be found at by clicking here.
Preliminary Portion of Friday's Action
Wildcat senior Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) started the morning off on the right track, earning a spot in the championship final in the 50 breast. She qualified third for the final in a time of 30.65. Freshman teammate Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) was close behind, claiming the fifth-qualifying spot at 30.87. Another freshman, Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage), led the qualifiers for the consolation final with a ninth-place morning effort to round out the scoring heats in the event NU. Junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) was able to clinch a final spot in the 50 breast bonus final.
Junior Erin Sosdian
(The Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands College Park) swam her season-best in the 500 free, claiming the third qualifying spot for the final in a time of 4:59.17. Freshman Ellen Anderson
(Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) also put forth her best effort to date, swimming a 5:00.35 to earn the fourth spot in the final. Teammates Emily Launer
(DeKalb, Ill./Rosary) and Meredith King
(Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) clinched spots in the 500 free consolation finale. Launer came in 11th, while King was 16th. Sophomore Valerie Nubbe
(Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) and junior Megan Goss
(Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) finished high enough to give themselves a spot in the bonus final.
In the 200 IM, Soderholm was just eight-one hundreths of a second off her season-best on her way to a 2:07.27 sixth-place qualifying spot for the championship round. Patton earned her way into the "B" final with a qualifying spot of 15th. Sophomore Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) will join her in that heat, as she swam a season-best 2:10.46. Two more Wildcats, freshman Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) and senior Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School), swam well enough to make it to the bonus final of the 200 IM.
A third-place finish by senior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) in her first action of the day highlighted the 50 free. Reynolds qualified for the final with a 23.66. Three more `Cat swimmers advanced to the championship round. McCullough placed ninth, Nubbe qualified in 10th and freshman Julia Pratt (Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes Rivet) rounded it out for NU in 13th. Senior Marybeth Hall (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and Turner finished in position for the bonus final round of the event.
Finals Portion of Friday's Action:
Friday's finals opened with a strong showing by Northwestern in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The `Cats trailed Bowling Green by less than a second after each split. A comeback attempt by anchor McCullough fell just short with NU finishing two one-hundreths of a second behind the Falcons. The team of Nubbe, Reynolds, Pratt and McCullough finished the relay in a season-best 1:33.72.
The individual portion of the finals began with the 50 breaststroke, and McCullough swam a great race, finishing second in the championship final with a time of 29.60, just .25 seconds off the winner. Kurke earned fourth place in the event with her time of 30.39. In the consolation final, Patton finished first, giving her a ninth-place finish overall. She swam her 50 in a time of 29.87. McCullough, Kurke and Patton combined to give the `Cats 41 team points in the event.
The 500 free final was very kind to Northwestern as Sosdian and Anderson dominated the competition. Both were swimming against each other, way out in front of everyone else. Sosdian edged out her teammate, Anderson, finishing in a season-best 4:52.77. Anderson's time of 4:53.30 gave her a close second. In the consolation final, Launer and King finished 14th and 15th, respectively, to capture a few more team points for NU. All told, 42 points were added to the team total.
The only Wildcat to compete in the 200 IM championship final, Soderholm, placed sixth overall. Patton won the consolation heat with a time of 2:02.48 and Klichowski finished 13th overall with her time of 2:09.00. Both Patton and Klichowski crushed their previous season bests.
Reynolds took first overall in the 50 free with a dominant time of 23.31, superseding her season best of 23.37. Nubbe, McCullough and Pratt placed in the top four of the consolation final to add 21 points to Reynold's 20.
During the first day of action at the TYR, Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) led a 1-2-4 finish for Northwestern on the 3-meter springboard, earning valuable points for NU in the team race. Lenz's 293.20 score was followed by Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) in second with a 267.20 and Caroline Grant (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) in fourth with a total of 248.15.
It was a close finish in the 400 Medley Relay as the NU `A' group finished third overall. The team of Turner, Kurke, Hall and Reynolds clinched the third place spot with a time of 3:49.05.
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