Nov. 20, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern earned its first NCAA `B' consideration times of the season from a member of its freshman class and a relay Saturday night at the TYR Invitational, widening its lead over the six-team field at the Norris Aquatics Center.
NU has 890.5 points while second-place Iowa State has 472.5, third-place Cleveland State has 397.5, fourth-place North Dakota has 307, fifth-place Kenyon has 238 and sixth-place UIC has 159.5 points.
The three-day TYR Invitational concludes tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 21, with preliminary heats at 9 a.m. CT and finals at 3 p.m. CT.
Preliminary portion of Saturday's action:
One day after placing four Wildcats in the championship final of the 200 IM, Northwestern earned five slots the `A' final of the 400 IM following the morning heats. Kathleen Patterson qualified second overall with a 4:26.11, followed by Jacquie Godbe (4:27.86) in third, Hannah Points (4:28.83) in fourth, Becca Soderholm (4:30.28) in fifth and Meaghan Fenn (4:31.18) in sixth. Northwestern lone other swimmer in the event was freshman Megan Goss, who qualified 12th overall to earn a consolation final berth with a 4:34.13.
Alex Kraus went out very hard and cruised to a first-place finish in the 100 fly during prelims with a 55.89. Meghan Cavanaugh swam a 57.11 to place fourth and Marybeth Hall was seventh with a 57.48 to join Kraus in the championship heat. Three Wildcats also made it to the consolation final, led by Katie Eschenburg in 10th after a 57.93. Shelby Johnson qualified 12th in 58.13 and Taylor Reynolds was 14th with a 58.40. Both Liza Engstrom and Meredith King made it to the bonus final with their morning efforts.
One day after lighting up the pool to the tune of an NCAA `B' consideration time in the 500 free, Ellen Grigg
won the qualifying in the 200 free by nearly two full seconds Saturday morning with a 1:50.39. Jackie Powell
also made the `A' heat with a third-place morning swim of 1:52.94.
Meredith King's 1:54.50 and Beth Loe' 1:54.81 were good for 10th and 11th places overall to place them in the consolation final along with Caroline Walls, who out-touched teammate Erin Sosdian by .10 of a second for the 16th and final scoring slot in the evening heats. Walls swam a 1:56.23 while Sosdian's 1:56.33 earned her the fourth lane in Saturday night's bonus heat.
Jenny Wilson and Emily Russart finished 1-2 in qualifying for the 100 breast, while Patterson was fourth overall. Wilson swam a 1:03.74, Russart turned in a 1:04.58 and Patterson's time was 1:05.18. Three more Wildcats made the consolation final after Hannah Points swam a 1:06.84 to take 10th followed by Katie McCullough (1:07.43) in 14th and Hall (1:07.49) in 15th. Goss picked up a bonus final swim after a 1:08.55.
Engstrom was second overall in the 100 back in the morning with a 57.30 to earn a championship heat berth, as did Eschenburg following a seventh-place preliminary time of 58.50. Erin Reilly missed out on the `A' final by a mere .08 of a second, earning the top spot in the consolation final with a 58.69. Grigg took 11th in the preliminary heats of the 100 back with a 59.08 while both Fenn (1:00.51) and Powell (1:00.61) earned bonus final lanes.
Finals portion of Saturday's action:
Engstrom, Russart, Kraus and Reynolds won the 200 medley relay in 1:44.15 to get Saturday night underway in a big way for the `Cats. Also setting the tone for the second-straight night on the diving boards were the Lenz sisters, who swept top honors in the 3-meter springboard event. For the first time this year in the event, freshman Cosima Lenz (275.50) topped her sophomore sister, Felicitas Lenz (259.95), to win the 3-meter board.
In the individual swimming finals, Points captured second place to lead NU in the 400 IM with a 4:21.02, an incredible 7.81 second drop from her prelim time in the event. Patterson was third in 4:23.23, Soderholm took fourth in 4:23.59, Godbe was fifth with a 4:24.35 and Fenn came in seventh in 4:31.27.
Goss rose from 12th to ninth after winning the consolation final in 4:25.91, a more-than eight second cut in her time from the morning.
Kraus further lowered her 100 fly time another half a second in the finals to win in 55.42 while Cavanaugh was third in 56.55 and Hall too fifth in 57.26. Eschenburg won the consolation heat with a 57.45 while Johnson was 14th overall in 58.89 and Reynolds was 15th in 59.17.
King cut 1.34 seconds off her 100 fly morning time to take 18th overall with a 58.05 in the bonus final.
Freshman Powell earned the first NCAA `B' consideration time of her career and of her class Saturday night with a winning time of 1:48.52 in the 200 free. Powell cut nearly 4.5 seconds off her morning time and won the championship heat by more than two full seconds. Grigg went a little slower in the evening session with a 1:50.99, but still took third overall.
King ran away from the rest of the field in the consolation final with a 1:50.72, finishing almost three seconds ahead of teammate Loe's 10th-place overall time of 1:53.60. Walls scored a pair of points for NU with a 1:56.91 to take 15th. Sosdian put on a show in the bonus final, cutting over five seconds from her prelim time to swim a heat-winning 1:51.22, four seconds better than her nearest competitor in the race.
Wilson went wire-to-wire to win the 100 breast in 1:03.50 while Russart was fourth with a 1:04.53 and Patterson tied for seventh in 1:05.58. Points' 1:06.41 was good for 10th overall in the consolation final. Hall's 1:07.08 and McCullough's 1:07.33 earned the pair 14th and 15th overall, respectively.
Engstrom remained second overall at night in the 100 back with a 56.88 while Eschenburg swam a 58.81 to take seventh overall. Reilly stayed true to her top seed in the consolation final to win the heat in 58.27 Saturday night. Fenn won the bonus final with a 59.74.
Northwestern ended the evening with an exclamation point, swimming an NCAA `B' time of 7:20.42 to win the 800 free relay by nearly 13 full seconds over the next nearest entry. The team of Powell, King, Sosdian and Grigg accomplished the feat.
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