Jan. 10, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- With the Big Ten Championships in sight, Northwestern embarks on the second half of its season after returning from an intense week of winter training in Boca Raton, Fla. Motivated by a fall filled with fast swims, the team will face tough competition from No. 21 Notre Dame and No. 24 Michigan in a double dual at noon CT Saturday, Jan. 12, in South Bend, Ind.
Live results of Saturday's meet are available from und.com.
Northwestern is 2-2 this year after plunging confidently into the 2012-13 season with a strong 169-131 victory at its Big Ten season opener against Illinois back in October. Fueled by the energy of their first win, the 'Cats placed first the following weekend at the home opener against UIC.
Following a pair of stumbles against strong competition in Wisconsin and Purdue, the 'Cats conquered UIC, Division III powerhouse Kenyon College, North Dakota, Illinois and Bowling Green at their annual TYR Invitational. Northwestern concluded the second day ranked second but gained enough momentum on the third and final day to easily overpower Illinois by 107 points.
The following week, Northwestern competed in the season's second fall invitational hosted by Iowa. Senior Taylor Reynolds
(St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves), junior Becca Soderholm
(Madison, Wis./Madison East) and freshman Karen Turner
(Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) all clocked
NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time standards and Reynolds set a meet record with her time of 22.48 in the 50 freestyle.
The 'Cats will face tough competition his Saturday in South Bend as they duel in the pool against the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines. With talented freshman Shelly Patton unable to compete due to injury, Northwestern will race hard to compensate the loss of the `B' cut qualifier. Despite Patton's absence, senior captain Marybeth Hall anticipates fast times as the result of a demanding winter training regiment.
"Going into the meet this weekend, I'm extremely excited to see how much this past month of intense winter training has helped us get closer to our end of the season goals," Hall says. "Having the opportunity to get up and race two great teams such as Michigan and Notre Dame will help us focus on sharpening up the details and lowering our times even more in preparation for Big Tens."
Release by Hillary Thomas
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