EVANSTON, Illinois, November 17. WITH one day of competition at the three-day TYR Invitational finished, host Northwestern leads the four-team field after winning four of the six events held on Friday.
The Wildcats have 405.5 points, topping second-place Michigan State which has 260.5. Southern Illinois is close behind the Spartans with 256 points, while Kenyon College is in fourth with 186 points.
Morning preliminaries established a 20-swimmer finals field for three heats: an eight-person bonus final, an eight-person final and a four-person super final.
Northwestern began the finals with a win in the 200 free relay, swimming a 1:33.84. Emily Wong (Nepean, Ontario/St. Joseph's), Jessie Bailis (Omaha, Neb./Millard North), Kassia Shishkoff (Raleigh, N.C./St. David's School) and Andrea Hupman (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood) comprised the relay.
In the 500 freestyle, Northwestern dominated by taking five of the top six positions. Shishkoff qualified first during the prelims for the 'Cats with a 4:54.50 before lowering that to an NCAA 'B' cut of 4:53.13 to win the event. Freshman Mary Beth Francis (San Diego, Calif./Mission Viejo) was second and Jenn Kocsis (Omaha, Neb./Marian) was third in the four-swimmer "Super Final."
Hupman won the second final with a 5:01.64 for NU, while Wong was close behind with a 5:03.41 to take sixth. Freshman Rachel Rys (Goleta, Calif./Dos Pueblos) won the bonus final with a 5:08.12.
The Wildcats placed two in the super final of the 200 IM, with Shishkoff and Hayley Fry (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) making the four-person heat. Shishkoff ended up second with a 2:05.25 and Fry was third with a 2:09.63.
Francis won the 'B' final with a 2:08.37.
Three more Wildcats made the super final in the 50 free, with Hupman qualifying first, Wong third and Bailis fourth after winning a swim-off with Isabel Madeira of Southern Illinois. Hupman won the super final with a 'B' cut of 23.38, while Bailis took second with a 23.73. Wong was fourth with a 23.91 in the finals.
Junior Beth Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) qualified fifth for the finals of the 1-meter board, then jumped all the way to second with a 270.70 in the finals.
Northwestern concluded day one with a first and third finish in the 400 medley relay. Genny Szymanski (Haines, Alaska/Haines), Bailis, Rys and Hupman took first with a 3:48.50, while Sara White-Delehoy (Kent, Wash./Kentlake), Fry, Stacy Congdon (Windermere, Fla./Lake Highland) and Wong finished third with a 3:55.86.
Saturday's action begins with preliminaries at 10 a.m. before finals get underway at 5 p.m.