Huskers make big splash in Illinois

Swimming and diving in Nebraska showed a well-rounded team effort in Saturday’s Big Ten game against Illinois, with eight different individuals taking event titles in the 178-122 win.

“We expected a lot of energy and excitement from Illinois and they delivered,” Nebraska . head coach Paul Morales said. “Our team had a great intensity. There were some important races and that was one of our goals. Before the race we talked about getting some close wins and we got some good points there at the end. I’m happy with where our girls are at this point in their season. We’re training hard, so they’re tired at the moment and we still have some really good performances.”

The strong ranged corps ensured that victories roll in Champaign, Illinois with senior Audrey Coffey first place in the 1650 free (16:59.82) and junior Molly Rosenthal finish hard to get third (17:17.38).

Senior Sara Troyer owned the dive well, walked away with two titles and a career-best dive in the three meters (382.35). sophomore Reagan Hinze also put in a strong effort, finishing second in the one meter (267.90) and third in the three meters (298.13).

Senior co-captain Madesyn Ronquillio led the charge on the swim side with victories in the 100 back (56.56) and the 200 back (2:01.03). In both events, the Huskers made the top three, with freshmen Madison Lloyd finish as runner-up (58.02) in the 100 back and sophomore Gabby Donahue come in third (58,28). Directly behind Ronquillio (Tracy, California) in the 200 back, sophomore finished Sarah Barton (2:03.77) in second and Lloyd (Kingwood, Texas) in third (2:03.88).

sophomore Ella Stein and freshmen Maia Hall teamed up to dominate the breaststroke events, with Stein (Hudson, Wis.) winning the 100 breast with 1:05.07 and Hall (Whitby, England) claiming the 200 breast title with 2:21.32. Stein again delivered a top performance in the 200 chest to take third (2:22.57), while freshmen Sydney McCracken swam to second in the 100 breast with a 1:05.21.

In the 500 free, the Huskers got big points with freshmen Ilaria Murzilli swim to victory (4:57.78), senior Autumm Haebig second (5:01.47) and Rosenthal (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) third (5:04.18). Haebig (Grafton, Wis.) scored two additional individual second places in the 100 free (51.59) and 200 free (1:50.78).

Flying in the 200, senior Shannon Stott captured the title with a 2:02.39 while fellow senior Maggie Berning finished third (2:04.81). Stott (St Albans, Great Britain) has continuously dominated the 200 fly this season and now has six wins in the event this year. Continuing Butterfly Success, Sophomore Lexi Kucera won the 100 flies (57.13) while Stott was second with a 57.29. Kucera (Hutchinson, Minnesota) took third in the 50 free with a 24.36.

In the 400 IM, junior Berkeley Livingston swam to second with a 4:27.86 and Barton was third with a 4:30.47.

To cap off the twins, freshmen! JoJo Randby and junior Emily Haimes joined Haebig and Kucera and finished second in the 200 free relay with a 1:35.56.

Nebraska (6-1, 2-1) 178 vs. Illinois (5-3, 1-2) 122
Saturday 22 January 2022
Champaign, Illinois (Arc Pool)

Nebraska champions
1650 freestyleAudrey Coffey (16.59.82)
100 backstrokeMadesyn Ronquillio (56.56)
100 breaststrokeElla Stein (1:05.07)
200 butterflyShannon Stott (2:02.39)
3 meters divingSara Troyer (382.35)
200 backstrokeMadesyn Ronquillio (2:01.03)
200 breaststrokeMaia Hall (2:21.32)
500 freestyleIlaria Murzilli (4:57.78)
100 butterflyLexi Kucera (57,13)
1 meter diveSara Troyer (303.83)

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