COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 12. THE women of Northwestern defeated Marshall, 150-87, Friday night in a dual meet also featuring Ohio State. Several Wildcats won events outside of their normal specialties.
While all three schools swam in the meet, the Wildcats' score only was compared to the Herd's. Northwestern and Ohio State will swim against each other at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 13.
The win improves the Wildcats' dual-meet record on the year to 2-5. All five of NU's losses have come to teams that have been ranked in the top-25 at some point this season.
Northwestern kicked off the action with a win in the 400 medley relay. Andrea Hupman (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood), Jessie Bailis (Omaha, Neb./Millard North), Katie Braun (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Emily Wong (Nepean, Ontario/St. Joseph's) comprised the relay that finished in 3:49.11.
Freshman Jenn Kocsis (Omaha, Neb./Marian) then captured the 1,000 free with a time of 10:07.03. Wong made it two event wins in a row for the 'Cats with a 1:49.34 NCAA 'B' cut to finish on top in the 200 free. The time was Wong's best of the season.
Bailis followed with a win in the 50 free, taking the title with a 24.05. Freshman Kassia Shishkoff (Raleigh, N.C./St. David's School) — normally a distance freestyler — was third with a 24.57.
Freshmen Rachel Rys (Goleta, Calif./Dos Pueblos) and Genny Szymanski (Haines, Alaska/Haines) were second and third in the 200 IM, with Rys swimming a 2:09.49 and Szymanski turning in a 2:09.98.
Rys turned around and won the 100 fly with a 56.98, while classmate Stacy Congdon (Windermere, Fla./Lake Highland) was third in the race with a 58.56.
Distance freestylers Shishkoff and Kocsis finished 1-2 in the 100 free, with Shishkoff winning the race in 52.34 and Kocsis taking second with a 53.30. Butterflyer Braun was fourth for the 'Cats with a 53.45.
Sara White-Delehoy (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) was Northwestern's top finisher in the 100 back, placing third with a 1:01.58.
Sprinters Hupman and Wong joined backstroker Szymanski to sweep the top three spots in the 500 free. Hupman was first with a 5:00.41, Wong was second with a 5:01.05 and Szymanski was third with a 5:08.98.
Hayley Fry (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) had the fastest time in the 100 breast, finishing with a 1:05.07. Jill Forster (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) earned second-place points with a 1:09.10 for the 'Cats.
The Wildcats closed the meet with the second-fastest time in the 400 free relay, getting a 3:32.43 from Bailis, Kocsis, Congdon and Hupman.
In diving action, Beth Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) put up Northwestern's top finish with a third-place, 227.50 effort on the 1-meter board.