Feb. 14, 2012
NU's Big Ten Championships Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The regular season is complete and Northwestern is rested and ready for the 2012 Big Ten Championships hosted by Iowa February 15-18 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool in Iowa City.
Complete schedule, ticket and facility information along with a link to live results can be found at hawkeyesports.com.
The Wildcats swim the conference meet with an eye toward scoring points and also qualifying as many 'Cats as possible for the NCAA Championships. To that end, several Northwestern competitors have set themselves up well for that goal.
Senior breaststroke specialist Jenny Wilson has NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in both breast distances this season, earning them not only after tapering for Northwestern's fall-season-ending TYR Invitational, but also on three occasions at in-season dual meets in the month of January. She ranks second on NU's all-time top times list in the events, also putting school records in her sights.
Junior Meredith King has an NCAA `B' cut time from the TYR in the 400 IM, and also has been NU's top swimmer in the 500 free this year.
In addition a pair of Northwestern relays -- the 400 and 800 free -- picked up `B' times earlier in the year.
NU's efforts have been helped tremendously in the winter by the return from injury of 400 IM school record holder Hannah Points, top sprint freestyler Taylor Reynolds and freshman backstroke specialist Rachel Kim. While all three missed out on crucial training time in the fall, they nonetheless have jumped right in to rank tops for Northwestern in at least one individual event for the season. Reynolds' presence also is a boon for the 200 and 400 yard free and medley relays, while Kim's backstroke leg will give the NU medley squads a boost.
Northwestern has multiple swimmers who have put up great efforts all season long. In the sprint free, sophomore Jackie Powell returns after scoring in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events at last year's meet while freshman Tori Larsen and junior Marybeth Hall will contribute both individually and with relays.
A pair of sophomores enter the picture in the distance free events, with Erin Sosdian and Megan Goss pacing the Wildcats. Sosdian has positioned herself well this year with in-season career-best times in all of her events.
Senior Meghan Cavanaugh is the leader of the butterfly group in the 100 while a bevy of Wildcats including King, Becca Soderholm and junior transfer Lauren Clifford pace the 200 distance in that event.
Alongside King in the 400 IM, senior Jacquie Godbe has improved her time in the 200 IM in every season of her career. She now ranks second on NU's all-time top times list in the race after winning the bonus final at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, which puts her in perfect position to score this season. Senior Kathleen Patterson currently has NU's top 200 IM time while Soderholm and Points both will factor.
Northwestern's diving corps is set for a strong Big Ten Championships after experiencing international success during the season. Sophomore Cosima Lenz took eighth place on the platform in December at the Camo Invitational in Montreal, while her sister, junior Felicitas Lenz, earned the first international medal of her career with a third-place finish in the event. Felicitas additionally missed Northwestern's January 21 meet against Iowa and Harvard to compete at German Senior Nationals, where she placed sixth in the 3-meter finals and fourth on the 10-meter platform, nearly making it to third.
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