Jan. 25, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In their final meet before the Big Ten Championships next month, the Northwestern swimming and diving teams will host Missouri and Denver in a two-day meet this weekend at the Norris Aquatics Center that also will serve at the programs' Chipotle BIG GAME. The event will take place in three sessions beginning at 5 p.m. CT Friday, Jan. 27 and continuing at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Live results for the meet are available here: Live Results.
Northwestern will celebrate Senior Day and honor 12 incredible senior athletes Saturday prior to the 4 p.m. session. The first 50 students that come out to support the Wildcat senior swimmers and divers and their teammates will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito. One lucky student will receive an entire quarter's worth of burritos during the programs' Chipotle BIG GAME.
The Northwestern women will honor seniors Meghan Cavanaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage), Carlin Dacey (West Roxbury, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall), Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens), Shelby Johnson (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata), Beth Loe (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Sheila O'Neill (Dunwoody, Ga./Marist School), Kathleen Patterson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) and Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School). The men will honor three seniors: John Frutiger (Alma, Mich./Alma), Jake Grosser (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Tony Mattar (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion).
The 12-member senior class is comprised of so many accomplished student-athletes. In addition to school-record holders, Olympic Trial qualifiers, Big Ten finalists, NCAA consideration time achievers and a Northwestern multi-sport varsity athlete, the group also represents countless hours of community service, a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) board member, a published author, two transfer students who will graduate as Wildcats and multiple Academic All-Big Ten and other scholastic award winners.
This weekend's contest will be a difficult final tune-up for the Wildcats before the Big Ten Championships, which begin Feb. 15 for the women and Feb. 22 for the men. The Missouri men are ranked No. 25 and the Missouri women are ranked No. 18 in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll.
Standout women's diver Felicitas Lenz (Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) is back this weekend after competing at the German Senior Nationals last week, missing NU's meet against Iowa and Harvard. Lenz placed sixth in the 3-meter finals, and fourth in the 10-meter platform, barely missing third place. Lenz' high finishes marked her very best German national performances to this point.
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