Nebraska Swimming Downs Iowa State

Photo Courtesy: Nate Olsen/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska swimming took down the visiting Iowa State Cyclones, 187-113.

Nebraska Press Release:

The Nebraska swimming and diving team earned its first victory of the season Friday defeating Iowa State, 187-113. Nebraska was led by dominant performances in the sprint freestyle and diving events and earned victories in 10 out of 16 events Friday evening.

In the 50-yard freestyle Nebraska notched the top three spots with Taryn Collura leading the way. Collura finished first in a time of 23.53, with teammates Alexandra Bilunas (23.78) and Erin Oeltjen (24.34) finishing second and third, respectively.

Nebraska also swept the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle. Collura once again led the Huskers by racing to a first-place time of 51.47. Lindsay Helferich finished right behind Collura in second-place with a time of 53.05. Bria Deveaux notched a third-place finish finishing in a time of 53.16.

Nebraska continued its dominance in the diving well. In the three-meter dive, Anna Filipcic earned first-place with a score of 350.40. Nicole Schwery finished right behind Filipcic posting a score of 285.75. Francesca Giganti rounded out the top three with a score of 250.35.

Filipcic and Schwery finished first and second in the one-meter dive as well. Filipcic posted a first-place score of 288.45, while Schwery finished in second with a score of 267.75.

Nebraska was also strong in the distance freestyle events. Katt Sickle earned her first victory of the meet securing a victory in the 500-yard freestyle racing to a time of 5:05.12. Kaylyn Flatt earned second with a time of 5:10.54.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle Flatt raced to a first-place finish posting a time of 10:30.22. Brooke Holmes finished shortly behind Flatt, good enough for a third-place time of 10:44.59.

Nebraska had a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle securing first- and second- place in the event. Sickle earned her second victory of the day racing to a first-place time of 1:53.79. Deveaux rounded out the top-two for Nebraska with a time of 1:55.17.

In the backstroke events, Jacqueline Juffer led the Huskers notching a victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.29. Oeltjen earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke racing to a time of 2:03.77.

Deveaux led Nebraska in the butterfly events, with the senior capturing first-place in the 100-yard butterfly (56.69). Dana Posthuma was a strong performer for Nebraska also; Posthuma earned a second-place (57.20) finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.15). Julia Roller earned a third-place finish for Nebraska in the 200-yard butterfly finishing in a time of 2:05.23.

Ehly secured second-place finishes in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes. Ehly finished the 100-yard event in a time of 1:05.77 and the 200-yard event in 2:20.34. Ehly also notched a third-place finish, later in the meet, swimming a time of 2:09.71 in the 200-yard individual medley. Katie Ditter and Bridget Pacilio both earned third-place finishes in the breaststroke events. Ditter earned third in the 100-yard event with a time of 1:06.97, while Pacilio finished third in the 200-yard event racing to a time of 2:24.66.

Nebraska finished out the meet on a strong note with the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Collura, Oeltjen, Deveaux and Helferich racing to a first-place time of 3:31.86. In the other relay event, the Huskers earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Morgan McCafferty, Ditter, Posthuma and Bilunas finishing in a time of 1:47.24

Iowa State Press Release:

The Iowa State swimming and diving team fell to Nebraska on the road Friday night, 187-113, to open the 2015-16 season. The Cyclones (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) were led by a strong showing from sophomore Kasey Roberts, but the Cornhuskers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) ultimately went on to win their second consecutive meet in the series.

Iowa State got off to a fast start, claiming first place in the 200 medley relay to open the evening. Setting the pace for the Cyclones was Guy Shilon, Roberts, Kaylee Kucera and Maddie Rastall with a time of 1:46.72. Iowa State also took third and fourth in the event to grab an early 13-4 lead.

“Tonight we had some really good racing,” Roberts said. “I know a lot of us were excited and a little nervous but I think we came out pretty well.”

In the 100 backstroke, senior Marissa Engel and Shilon, a freshmen, were neck-and-neck to take second and third place, with Engel out-touching the newcomer by .15 seconds in a time of 57.78 seconds. Roberts followed up Engel’s performance by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.97.

Entering the first diving break, Nebraska held a 76-55 advantage. That margin would grow, as the Cornhuskers took first and second place on the one-meter boards. Julie Dickinson led the Cyclones in the diving well with a score of 260.77. Dickinson also was the top Cyclone competitor on the three-meter board, earning a mark of 249.38.

“I thought her best overall performance was on one-meter. That was a really good way to start off the year on one-meter,” diving coach Jeff Warrick said. “I thought she put a good set of six dives together there.”

Iowa State went on to take first place in two of the next three events, with Engel touching the wall in 2:02.24 in the 200 backstroke and Roberts clocking a 2:19.90 in the 200 breaststroke.

It was once again Roberts and Engel who stole the show in the 200 IM, finishing in first and second place, respectively. Roberts out-touched Engel 2:07.09-2:07.14 to win her fourth event of the night.

“She had an outstanding meet,” head coach Duane Sorenson said of Roberts’ night. “She had been training really well we kind of knew she was primed for a great meet. Last year against Nebraska she had a sore back and couldn’t compete at 100 percent, so tonight she had a little pay back.”

Despite the performances of Roberts and the Cyclones, Nebraska would take 10 of the meet’s 16 events, including the five freestyle events, and secure the win.

“With it being our first real live meet with pressure and another team, some of the swimmers stepped up and some were a little tight and didn’t swim relaxed,” Sorenson said. “Nebraska swam outstanding…they did the little things right. The races were much closer than what the meet score showed.”

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