Photo by Pat Radigan
Nebraska A 1:44.46
200 Medley Relay
Kaylyn Flatt 10:12.97
Autumn Haebig 1:50.97
Jordan Ehly 1:03.95
Dana Posthuma 2:03.51
Lindsay Helferich 24.21
Jessica Pentlarge 52.23
Anna McDonald 2:04.49
Jordan Ehly 2:15.96
Autumn Haebig 4:58.02
Abi Knapton 324.22
Abi Knapton 263.73
Story by Pat Radigan
Nebraska sends seniors off with dominant win
The day started with a party for the seniors, then saw the Huskers win a relay, nine individual races and two diving events, and ended with the Nebraska swim and dive team celebrating a 183-112 win over Illinois.
A trio of Huskers won two titles each, including one of the three seniors honored before the final home meet of the year, and Nebraska left little doubt in dropping the Illini. Senior Jordan Ehly led Nebraska to sweep the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke. It wasn’t the only event that saw NU flex its depth, which allowed the Huskers to run away from the Illini for a Senior Day win.
Ehly took the title in the 100-yard breaststroke behind a time of 1:03.95, and was followed by Tori Beeler and Gwen Worlton to make a statement early in the meet. In her final appearance at Devaney, Ehly then claimed the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:15.96, and again led a Husker sweep of the top two spots with Worlton on her heels this time.
Technically, freshman Autumn Haebig had three titles, but the first came as part of Nebraska’s win in the 200-yard medley relay. Haebig then won the 200 and 400-yard freestyles to finish off a big day in the pool.
The other Husker to win two titles did so on the diving platforms. Sophomore Abi Knapton put up points in the 3M, then finished with a score of in the 1M portion to take both diving titles. It wsa the fifth time that Knapton has won two diving titles in the same meet in seven total competitions this season.
Lindsay Helferich joined Haebig on the relay team to open the dual, then added a win in the 50-yard freestyle as the home fans made their presence known in the shortest sprint of the meet. In the one-time-down-and-back structure of the 50-yard free, Helferich made the turn neck-and-neck with a pair of Illini swimmers.
Helferich wound up winning the race by just .02 seconds over Illinois’ Kristin Anderson. Nebraska’s Allie Worrall snuck into third place, finishing .14 seconds behind Helferich, and beat fourth place by .05 seconds, and edged the fifth place swimmer by .10 seconds.
Nebraska now heads back on the road for a pair of matchups with Rutgers next weekend, and then will head to a meet at Ohio State before the postseason begins.