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    More NCAA 'B' Consideration Times Highlight NU's Saturday TYR Invite

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Jenny Wilson won the 100 breast Saturday at the TYR Invitational.
    Jenny Wilson won the 100 breast Saturday at the TYR Invitational.

    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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