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    Northwestern Wins 2010 TYR Invitational in Emphatic Fashion

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Meredith King won the 200 fly with a season-best effort Sunday for Northwestern.
    Meredith King won the 200 fly with a season-best effort Sunday for Northwestern.

    Nov. 21, 2010


    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern cruised to a dominant victory Sunday during the final day of its three-day TYR Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center, finishing first among the six-team field and ending the day with an exciting come-from-behind NCAA `B' qualifying standard win in the 400 free relay.

    The Wildcats totaled 1,495 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Iowa State's 803. Cleveland State was third with 562.5, North Dakota took fourth with 463, Kenyon was fifth with 356 points and UIC took sixth with 215.5.

    Individually, Cleveland State's Alice Sommerville earned high point honors with 99.5 points, followed by Northwestern's Kathleen Patterson with 92.50 points.

    Northwestern now is off from collegiate competition until its winter training trip at the conclusion of the fall quarter.

    Preliminary portion of Sunday's action:

    Sunday began with the 50 fly, and Alex Kraus picked up right where she left off following her win the 100 fly Saturday. Kraus' time of 25.36 paced the field and earned her top billing in Sunday afternoon's championship final alongside Marybeth Hall (sixth in 26.19) and Meghan Cavanaugh (tied for seventh in 26.22).

    Katie Eschenburg narrowly missed out on the 50 fly `A' final, finishing .03 of a second behind Cavanaugh with a 26.25, giving herself the top seed in the consolation final. Shelby Johnson came in 13th overall with a 26.52 while Taylor Reynolds was 14th in 26.53. Katie McCullough won a second swim opportunity in the bonus heat with a 23rd place time of 26.99.



    Liza Engstrom won the 200 back preliminary heats by almost a full second with a 2:01.73 to lead a four Wildcat contingent into the championship heat. Meaghan Fenn claimed fifth with a 2:06.29, Jacquie Godbe placed sixth in 2:06.79 and Erin Reilly picked up the final spot with an eighth-place 2:07.54.

    Jackie Powell was the lone Wildcat to earn a consolation final berth with a 15th-place 2:09.96 while Erin Sosdian picked up a bonus final bid with an 18th-place 2:11.11.

    Six Wildcats comprised the top eight qualifiers in the 100 free, led by Taylor Reynolds' first-place 51.61. The rest of the NU reps were: Powell (second place; 52.12), Hall (third place; 52.16), Ellen Grigg (fourth place; 52.22), Meredith King (seventh place; 52.67) and Katie McCullough (eighth place; 52.83). Johnson earned her second consolation final berth of the day with a 13th place time of 53.38 while both Fallon Fitzpatrick (19th; 53.67) and Sheila O'Neill (20th; 52.68) won bonus final lanes.

    Northwestern earned the top-four qualification spots in the 200 breast for the second-straight event, paced by Jenny Wilson's 2:20.18. Patterson was second with a 2:20.89, Hannah Points was third in 2:21.02 and Megan Goss earned a fourth-place finish with a 2:21.58. Russart made it five Wildcats in the `A' final with a 2:23.32.

    Fenn made the 200 breast consolation final by qualifying 12th in 2:25.32 while Soderholm's 2:30.18 was good for a second swim in the bonus heat.

    Engstrom, Reilly and Eschenburg were NU's lone entries in the 50 back, and all three made it through to the championship final. Engstrom placed second with a 27.33, Reilly was third in 27.67 and Eschenburg took fifth with a 27.99.

    Kraus added a preliminary win in the 200 fly to her earlier 50 fly first-place morning effort with a 2:03.85. Points (third place; 2:05.05), King (fourth place; 2:05.13), Cavanaugh (sixth place; 2:06.02) and Patterson (eighth place; 2:07.03) gave NU five swimmers among the top eight.

    Soderholm took ninth to earn lane four in the consolation final with a 2:07.43. Fitzpatrick (2:09.34) and O'Neill (2:09.52) joined Soderholm in the consolation heat after both made the bonus final in the 100 free.

    Finals portion of Sunday's action:

    While the morning preliminary swimming heats were taking place, the divers took to the Norris Aquatics Center 5-meter platform to compete in their third event of the TYR Invitational. Felicitas Lenz and Carlin Dacey went 2-3 for the Wildcats, compiling scores of 224.55 and 215.40, respectively.

    The last timed final of the 1,650 free began Sunday's finals session, and Goss narrowly missed an NCAA `B' cut by .54 of second with her winning time of 16:41.58. Behind Goss, the Wildcats captured four of the top five spots in the event. Erin Sosdian was second with a 16:45.80, Grigg took fourth in 17:02.91 and Beth Loe's 17:03.60 was good for fifth. Also scoring for NU was Kate Stephensen in seventh place with a 17:27.67.

    Kraus ended up second in the 50 fly following a 25.35 performance Sunday afternoon. Hall took fourth with a 25.73 and Cavanaugh placed seventh in 26.18. Eschenburg won the consolation final in the event with a 25.87 while Reynolds was 11th overall in 26.28 and Johnson took 15th in 26.65.

    Engstrom cut nearly a full second in the 200 back finals to take second overall in 2:00.76 while Fenn was fourth in 2:05.63 and Godbe took fifth in 2:06.03. Sosdian dropped time like a champ in the consolation final, swimming to a 2:06.47 to cut more than 4.5 seconds from her prelim swim and win the `B' heat. Sosdian made the most of her opportunity in that heat after qualifying 18th overall for the bonus final, but moving up to the `B' heat following several scratches.

    Powell powered her way to a win the 100 free to lead a 1-2 Northwestern finish. Her time of 50.52 defeated second-place teammate Reynolds' 51.22. After two non-NU swimmers, Wildcats rounded out the field in the championship heat. King took fifth in 52.37, Hall was sixth in 52.56, Grigg came in seventh in 52.59 and McCullough was eighth with a 52.65.

    In the 100 free consolation final, Johnson took 11th in 53.03 before O'Neill jumped from 20th to 17th with a win in the bonus final, cutting more than a full second to swim a 52.57.

    Wilson led a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 200 breast for the Wildcats, finishing in 2:18.76 to win. Behind her was a trio of tightly grouped Wildcats all within .46 of a second. Patterson claimed second in 2:19.32, Points was third in 2:19.73 and Russart captured fourth in 2:19.78. Goss rounded out NUs championship final in the event with an eighth-place 2:24.15. Fenn also garnered points for the `Cats by taking 13th in the consolation final with a 2:24.58.

    In a hotly contested 50 back, Iowa State's Sarah Norris barely edged Engstrom by .07 of a second to win the event. Engstrom swam a 26.79, followed by Eschenburg (27.30) in third and Reilly (27.74) tied for fourth.

    King won the 200 fly with a season-best 2:02.71 followed by Points' 2:03.05 in second. Kraus (2:04.30) captured fifth for NU, Cavanaugh (2:05.96) was sixth and Patterson (2:06.52) took eighth.

    In the consolation final of the 200 fly, Soderholm won by 4.57 seconds after dropping 3.30 seconds from morning to afternoon with a 2:04.13. O'Neill (2:09.31) placed 12th and Fitzpatrick (2:10.74) was 14th for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern concluded the meet with an exciting win in the 400 free relay, getting an NCAA `B' cut time of 3:24.47 while emerging victorious in the race by a mere .04 of a second over Cleveland State. The team of Powell, Engstrom, Hall and Reynolds comprised the relay for the Wildcats. Cleveland State held a commanding .99 of a second advantage entering the final 50 yards, but much to the deafening delight of the packed Norris Aquatics Center, Reynolds swam a final 26.29 split to reel in the Vikings and give the Wildcats the win.


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