Huskers Set to Host Alumni Meet

The Nebraska swimming and diving team will return to the pool to host the 12th Annual Alumni Meet on Saturday, Oct. 24.  The meet will take place at 8 a.m. at the Devaney Natatorium.

Last season’s meet was highlighted by a turnout of 21 Husker alumni returning for the annual meet. Former Husker Mike Irvin captured three events for the third consecutive year, claiming the 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley titles. The former All-American has competed in and won at least one event in all 11 alumni meets.

Current Huskers Taryn Collura and Jordan Ehly earned victories against the Alumni. Collura captured the 50-yard butterfly, while Ehly swam to a victory in the 50-yard breaststroke. A pair of Nebraska divers earned first-place finishes in the one-meter diving event.

Nebraska swept both relay events during last season’s meet. The 200-yard medley relay team of Cassandra Brassard, Jordan Ehly, Amanda Moran and Aimee Fischer, as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Erin Oeltjen, Katt Sickle, Jacqueline Juffer and Kelly Dunn completed the Huskers’ sweep of the relay events. 

Following the Alumni Meet, Nebraska will have a busy week taking on both Northern Iowa and South Dakota State the following weekend. On Friday, Oct. 30, the Huskers will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa for Nebraska’s first road meet of the season.  The next day Nebraska will return home to take on South Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Devaney Natatorium.

Last Time Out: Huskers Race Past Cyclones

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

Swimming news courtesy of Nebraska Swimming & Diving.

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