EVANSTON, Illinois, November 17. NORTHWESTERN split its weekend double-dual meet at the Norris Aquatics Center, defeating Notre Dame, 208-162, while falling to No. 19 Wisconsin, 196-173.
The meet schedule mirrored the Big Ten Championships order of events over three sessions of competition, however dual-meet scoring still was used. The Wildcats led the ranked Badgers by a single point following Saturday's morning session, but UW ran away with the victory in the final events Saturday evening.
Northwestern's dual-meet record now is 3-2 on the year.
Northwestern broke the Norris Aquatics Center pool record in the 800 free relay for the second time in as many seasons in the final event of Saturday's morning session. The team of Andrea Hupman (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood), Emily Wong (Nepean, Ontario/St. Joseph's), Ellen Grigg (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin School) and Kassia Shishkoff (Raleigh, N.C./St. David's School) swam a 7:23.93 to win the event, breaking the Wildcats' record of 7:24.19 set at last year's TYR Invitational.
Trailing Wisconsin's relay by nearly a full body length going into the anchor leg, Shishkoff brought NU home with a 1:48.95, blowing by the Badgers' Maggie Meyer, who swam a 1:50.28 final 200.
To begin Saturday morning's session, NU's 200 medley relay team of Katie Eschenburg (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead), Hayley Fry (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar), Katie Braun (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Wong finished second with a 1:44.09, just .19 seconds behind Wisconsin's squad.
Shishkoff then won the 400 IM with an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 4:22.91, followed immediately by a Braun victory in the 100 fly with a time of 55.74. Stacy Congdon (Windermere, Fla./Lake Highland) came in third for the 'Cats in the 100 fly with a 57.09.
Hupman took third as Northwestern's top finisher in the 200 free, turning in a time of 1:51.07. Fry then finished second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.53.
In the 100 back, NU's freshman duo of Eschenburg and Liza Engstrom (Reno, Nev./Robert McQueen) finished second and third with times of 56.70 and 57.05, respectively.
In diving action Saturday morning, senior Leanne Dumais (Ventura, Calif./Buena) won her second event of the meet, capturing first on the 1-meter board with a 278.80. Senior Beth Campbell (Burr Ridge, Ill./Fenwick) finished fourth overall with a 253.20, but most importantly, both NU divers were ahead of Wisconsin's top competitor to give the 'Cats huge points in their head-to-head match-up with the Badgers.
Saturday evening got underway with the 1,650 free, with Shishkoff placing fourth with a 17:02.71 as NU's top finisher. In the 200 back, Genny Szymanski (Haines, Alaska/Haines) also was NU's top finisher in fourth place with a 2:01.53.
Hupman then won the 100 free with an NCAA `B' time of 50.74. Fry followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 200 breast (2:21.69), then Braun won third in the 200 fly with a 2:02.70.
In the final event of the meet, Hupman, Wong, Teisha Lightbourne (Nassau, Bahamas/Peddie School (N.J.)) and Shishkoff were third in the 400 free relay with a 3:28.30.
In the other dual-meet match-up, Wisconsin bested Notre Dame, 218-151.
Northwestern returns to action Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
Special thanks to Northwestern for contributing this report.