Huskers host Rutgers for senior day

Nebraska swimming and diving returns to Devaney Natatorium this weekend to host Rutgers for Senior Day.

The two-day dual will start on Friday, January 28 at 5:00 PM and will resume on Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 AM.

The Huskers (6-1, Big Ten 2-1) and Scarlet Knights (2-4, Big Ten 0-1) first met in 2018. Nebraska looks set to close the series as Rutgers currently leads, 2-1 The last match-up was in January 2020, where the Big Red dropped the close dual, 172-181. The year before, Nebraska came out on top, 193-160.

After a double win against Illinois last weekend, the Huskers hope to continue their success and take their second straight Big Ten win.

Fifth year senior Autumn Haebig led the Huskers in the freestyle events this season. As the reigning Big Ten champion in the 200 freestyle, Haebig (Grafton, Wis.) has taken three wins and two second-place finishes in the event so far. In early December, Haebig swam to a top ten place at the US Open in the 200-meter freestyle.

Nebraska has a solid group of backstroke swimmers who claimed the top three in the 100 backstroke and the top four in the 200 backstroke against Illinois. Senior Captain Madesyn Ronquillio has taken the lead this season with eight titles in backstroke events. freshman Madison Lloyd and fellow sophomores Sarah Barton and Gabby Donahue have also ensured consistent top finishes in the backstroke.

The ranged corps is led by All-American Audrey Coffey. The Naperville, Illinois senior is coming off a 1650 freestyle win in Illinois while teammate Molly Rosenthal swam to third in the event. freshman Ilaria Murzilli has also made an immediate impact this season with a pair of wins in both the 500 Freestyle and 1000 Freestyle.

freshman Maia Hall and sophomore Ella Stein have teamed up to make a mark on the breaststroke. Stein (Hudson, Wisconsin) has seven titles to his name this season and Hall (Whitby, England) has been in the top three eight times.

Senior Shannon Stott has won 10 events this season, including six in the 200 butterfly. She also scored a top ten finish in the US Open 200m butterfly. Fellow senior Maggie Berning also put in a solid performance in the 200 butterfly, taking third place at the competitive Mizzou Invitational and an additional third place finish against Illinois last weekend.

sophomore Lexi Kucera has given the Huskers prowess in the short sprints, taking them to nine finishes within the top three this season.

Junior Berkeley Livingston has shown its versatility throughout the year with a team high of 17 top-five finishes. In the midseason Mizzou Invitational, the Lincoln native recorded a career best in the 400 IM (4:17.10) to win the event.

Senior Sara Troyer led the Big Red on the boards this season with 11 wins. At Illinois (January 22), Troyer set a career-best three-meter score with a 382.35. She is accompanied by senior Hallie Roman who has finished in the top three eight times this year and sophomore Reagan Hinze, who finished in the top three seven times this year.

Nebraska will see some familiar faces at the dive well this weekend. Abi Knapton, now fighting for Rutgers, spent five seasons with the Huskers and is the most decorated diver in Nebraska history. Becoming a six-time All-American, two-time 2021 Big Ten Champion, and being named Nebraska Athletic’s Best Female Athlete for 2020-21 marks Knapton’s career with Nebraska.

Natasha Chikina joins Knapton, who is in her first year as a dive coach for Rutgers after 15 seasons coaching for the Huskers.

Some of Rutgers’ best returnees include juniors Sofia Chichaikina and Giulia Ghidini.

Chichaikina holds two individual Rutgers school records (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and won both the 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly against Purdue earlier this season. Ghidini is a versatile short sprinter and has a plethora of top three finishes all season.

Alice Scarabelli and Sofia Lobova are newcomers who impressed the Scarlet Knights. Scarabelli had three season-opening wins at Army and a few individual wins at Colgate. Lobova has been honored twice as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, individually winning two events (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) at Princeton.

Live results are available in the Meet Mobile app and live video is streamed through Huskers.com.

Nebraska vs. Rutgers
28-29 Jan. 2022 (5 pm / 10 am)
Devaney Center Natatorium (Lincoln, Neb.)

The order of events on Friday:

3M Diving
200 medley relay
500 free
200 IM
-Pause-
200 Chest
200 Back
100 free
-Pause-
200 flies
200 Free Relays

The order of Saturday’s events:

1M Diving
400 medley relay
1650 free
50 free
-Pause-
100 Back
100 Chest
100 flies
200 free
-Pause-
400 IM
400 Free Relays

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