Dec. 1, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) swam a pair of NCAA `B' provisional qualifying cuts in the 400 IM to lead Northwestern's efforts on day two Saturday of the three-day Iowa Invitational.
Northwestern remains in fourth place among the seven teams at the meet, totaling 291.5 points so far. NU trails third-place Iowa's 404.5 point total but has a healthy lead over fifth-place Denver.
The Iowa Invitational continues Saturday with preliminary action at 10 a.m. CT and finals beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Live results are available at Hawkeyesports.com.
Saturday morning preliminary action
Northwestern got off to a great start Saturday morning, qualifying all five of its entries in the 400 IM into scoring finals. Soderholm led the way with a season-best and NCAA `B' provisional cut time of 4:18.58 to place fourth overall in the prelims. Senior Meredith King (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) joined Soderholm in the finals with a sixth-place 4:21.08.
After entering the meet with NU's best 400 IM time of the season, freshman Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) ended up four seconds slower than that mark with a 4:22.23, narrowly missing the championship final by three one-hundredths of a second. Still, she will head up the consolation final Saturday night that features two other Wildcats after freshman Emily Launer (DeKalb, Ill./Rosary) and junior Megan Goss (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) finished 15th and 16th place, respectively. Goss' time in particular was a 3.02 second drop from her previous season-best to grab that final scoring lane.
In the 100 fly, sophomore Valerie Nubbe
(Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) and senior Marybeth Hall
(Brighton, Mich./Brighton) earned second swims in the bonus final, while freshman Chelsea Soderholm
(Madison, Wis./Madison East) and junior Fallon Fitzpatrick
(Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) both finished as the alternates for second swims in 25th and 26th spots, respectively. Freshman Julia Pratt
(Vincennes, Ind./Vincennes Rivet) was one spot behind Fitzpatrick in 28th position.
Northwestern made just two entries into the 200 freestyle Saturday. Freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) dropped 1.30 seconds from her seed time to swim a fifth-place 1:50.31 and qualify for the championship final, while senior sprinter Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) made the bonus final in 1:52.69 -- a good swim for the senior whose specialties lie in the 50- to 100-yard range.
All three Wildcats in the 100 breast also made it through to second swims with season-best times during Saturday morning qualification. Freshman Julianne Kurke (Atlanta, Ga./Parkview) took 10th overall in 1:04.17 while senior Katie McCullough (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was right behind her in 11th with a 1:04.40. Senior Meaghan Fenn (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) cut 2.67 seconds from her previous season-best to touch in 1:06.24 and earn a lane in the `C' final with a 21st-place finish.
Patton and classmate Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) advanced to the consolation final of the 100 back to pick up scoring opportunities for the Wildcats. Patton's furious 13.86 final 25 yards was the third-fastest during all of prelims, but she ended up .21 of a second shy of the championship final in a 10th-place season-best time of 56.14. Turner swam a 56.39 to take 13th during the morning action. Sophomore Madeleine Klichowski (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) made it to the `C' final with a 21st-place overall and season-best time of 57.22.
Northwestern's divers were unable to make Saturday's championship final of the 3-meter springboard event, though the Lenz sisters did grab ninth- and 10th-place finishes. Junior Cosima Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) earned nine points for NU with a ninth-place 274.25 while senior Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) picked up seven with a 10th-place 273.80. Junior Mary Kate Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) scored one more point for the Wildcats with a 16th-place tally of 235.60.
Saturday evening finals action
As well as Saturday morning started, Saturday evening began on the opposite end of the spectrum. NU's `A' 200 medley relay was disqualified, leaving the Wildcats' `B' squad of Klichowski, Kurke, Nubbe and Hall as NU's point scorers with an 11th-place 1:45.27.
Becca Soderholm further improved her NCAA `B' cut in the 400 IM championship final, taking fourth overall with a 4:18.25. King slipped one spot to seventh overall in the evening with a 4:22.32.
In the consolation final of the 400 IM, Patton scratched leaving Goss and Launer as NU's participants. Goss moved up from the 16th qualification spot to 12th place overall with an evening swim of 4:26.25 while Launer earned one point for the Wildcats in 16th with a 4:32.22.
In the bonus final of the 100 fly, Chelsea Soderholm ended up 22nd overall with a night swim of 57.62 -- earning her spot when Nubbe scratched from the heat -- while Hall was 24th in 57.77.
In the 200 free championship final, Anderson scored 14 points for Northwestern with a fifth-place time of 1:50.54, while Reynolds scratched her lane in the bonus final of the event to prepare for Sunday's 100 free.
Kurke took third in the consolation final of the 100 breast to give her an 11th-place overall finish with a time of 1:04.59. McCullough gained a point for NU with a 16th-place overall time of 1:05.17. In the bonus final, Fenn ended up 23rd overall after a 1:06.72.
Turner scored four points for NU in the consolation final of the 100 back after a 13th-place 56.53 followed by Patton's 14th-place time of 56.58. Klichowski ended up 20th after a bonus final time of 57.54.
NU's day ended with a fifth-place effort in the 800 free relay, where Patton, King, Nubbe and Anderson teamed up to swim a 7:27.23.
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