Burdisso, Larson, Women’s Relays Set Records as Northwestern Sweeps

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Federico Burdisso Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Northwestern swimming and diving closed out their final home meet of the regular season with a sweep of Cincinnati Friday afternoon in the Norris Aquatics Center with a 184-111 win for the women and a 163-130 win for the men. The win secured a 6-1 record for the women’s team at home and a 4-1 record for the men’s in the Norris Aquatics Center.

The women’s team started the afternoon off with a bang, setting a new pool record in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of juniors Calypso Sheridan, Sophie Angus, and Maddie Smith and senior Malorie Han touched the wall in 1:37.60 for the record breaking win. The men’s relay also took first place in the 200 medley relay with a season-high time of 1:27.27, setting the pace for the rest of the meet.

Ilektra Lebl took home the first individual gold for the Wildcats in the 1,000 free and the men kept the momentum rolling with D.J. Hwang leading a 1-2 sweep of the 1,000 free with a career best time of 9:06.91. Northwestern completed 12 1-2 sweeps or better in the meet.

First-year phenom Federico Burdisso stayed hot coming off back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the Week Awards, leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 free with a time of 1:34.15, breaking a school and pool record that stood for 12 years. He went on to take the top spot in the 500 free with a time of 4:20.84, nearly seven seconds faster than second place.

Sheridan was characteristically dominant in the 500 free as well, breaking out the seventh fastest 500 in Northwestern history with a time of 4:46.88.

First-year Ally Larson also made Northwestern history Friday, her first place finish in the 200 fly setting a new school record time of 1:56.32.

The meet closed out with the women’s team taking home the gold in the 400 free relay. Smith, Sheridan, Larson and Han set a new school and pool record with a time of 3:17.45. The previous record was recently set earlier this season at the TYR Invitational.

Sophomore Yohan Eskrick-Parkinson dominated men’s diving. Taking first place in the 3m with a 342.23 and first in the 1m with a 339.90. The Northwestern men swept the 1m taking first, second, and third place. First year Markie Hopkins took the gold in the women’s 3m with a 331.58, a season high by over 10 points.

The men’s team improves to 5-4 on the season while the women improve to 9-2. Northwestern will be back in action tomorrow, when it heads to Wisconsin to face off against the Badgers in its next Big Ten match-up.

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