Jan. 23, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's men's and women's swimming and diving teams both travel to Iowa this weekend for an 11 a.m. CT combined meet in Iowa City that marks the final dual of the 2012-13 season.
Live results for Saturday's meet are available at Hawkeyesports.com.
For the NU women, Saturday marks its second trip to Iowa this season after participating in the Hawkeye Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the end of the fall portion of the year. Northwestern placed fourth out of seven team in that meet, but was just behind the third-place hosts to set up an exciting duel of a dual this weekend.
NU achieved four NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in Iowa at that meet, including a pair by senior sprinter Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves), one in the 400 IM by junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./Madison East) and another in the 200 back by freshman Karen Turner (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge).
Northwestern enters Saturday with a 2-4 overall dual meet record including a 1-3 mark in the Big Ten. In NU's last outing on Jan. 12, the Wildcats swam largely well in team losses to ranked Michigan and Notre Dame squads, coming out of the meet on a positive trend after grueling winter workouts.
Saturday will be the NU men's first time facing off against Iowa this year, though both the Hawkeye men's and women's teams are immediately returning the trip as entries into the Wildcats' Feb. 1-2 Northwestern Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center. The Hawkeyes enter Saturday's meet ranked 18th nationally.
Northwestern is 3-3 overall on the year (0-2 in the Big Ten) with its most recent outing coming in a 166-125 victory at three-time defending Horizon League champion Milwaukee. In that meet, NU established four pool records in the Panthers' home water and came within a second of two more. First, the Wildcats' 200 medley relay broke the pool mark before freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) -- who is ranked 19th in the country in the 1,650 free according to Collegeswimming.com -- smashed the 1,000 free record. Later sophomore Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/ Mäkelänrinteen Lukio) in the 100 breast and freshman Van Donkersgoed (Eden Prairie, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) in the 200 breast also re-wrote records.
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