EVANSTON, Ill. – The Bobcats wrapped up the three-day 2017 Northwestern Invitational on Sunday (Nov. 19) in third place with a total of 563 points.
Host, Northwestern, won the weekend invitational with a total score of 1,190 points throughout 49 events. Michigan State came in second with a total score of 705 points. Trailing the 'Cats were Grand Canyon (480 points), Fresno State (252 points), Illinois at Chicago (357 points), Truman State (252 points), Saint Louis (232 points), and Illinois State (11 points).
Day two of the invitational included the preliminary and final rounds of the 400-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 100-yard backstroke. In the evening session, the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay teams raced and the divers dove off the 1-meter boards.
Throughout the weekend, junior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) qualified for the NCAA Division I "B" cuts in the 50-yard freestyle preliminary round where she posted a time of 22.97 and in the 100-yard butterfly where she posted a time of 54.24.
On the final day of competition, the Bobcats swam in the preliminary and final rounds of the 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard IM, and the 200-yard butterfly. In the evening session, the Bobcats competed in the 1650-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The competition started with the 50-yard butterfly preliminary round where Van Lanen placed third with a time of 24.76. Junior Madeline Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) placed next for the 'Cats and qualified for the finals with a time of 25.56, along with junior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) with a time of 26.78.
Van Lanen finished first in the finals with a time of 24.19. Wyke posted a time of 26.71 just ahead of Davis at 26.73.
In the 200-yard backstroke preliminaries, freshman Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) qualified for the finals with a time of 2:03.59, sophomore Annie Gosselin (Naperville, Ill.) with a time of 2:04.59, and senior Caroline Raley (Mobile, Ala.) with a time of 2:06.93.
In the 200 backstroke finals, Glass shaved almost two seconds off her prelim time when she clocked in a time of 2:01.70 while Gosselin touched the wall with a time of 3:05.12.
Van Lanen and sophomore Emily Zimcosky (Smock, Pa.) placed second and third in the 100-yard freestyle with preliminary times of 50.55 and 50.61.
In the finals, Zimcosky placed second overall with a time of 50.20 and Van Lanen placed fourth with a time of 50.54.
Sophomore Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland) recorded a time of 2:18.46 to qualify for the finals in the 200-yard breaststroke along with junior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.) with a time of 2:20.79, junior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.) with a time of 2:22.30 and freshman Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) with a time of 2:26.29.
In the 200 breaststroke finals, Lahtinen touched the wall in eighth place with a time of 2:18.83, Hornstra in 13th at 2:19.55, Ortner in 20th at 2:23.48, and Schlegel in 24th at 2:28.71.
In the 100-yard IM, Lahtinen qualified for the finals with a time of 59.86 along with Ortner with a time of 1:00.89.
In the finals, Lahtinen placed 11th with a time of 59.53 just ahead of Ortner in 14th at 1:01.19.
The 200-yard butterfly preliminaries saw Glass qualify for the finals with a time of 2:04.06. Senior Elena Patz (Waunakee, Wis.), Wyke, Davis, and Gosselin also qualified after recording times of 2:06.83, 2:07.18, 2:07.84, and 2:07.92, respectively.
Glass placed sixth overall in the finals with a final time of 2:03.90. In the second heat, Patz clocked in a 2:06.53 time, Davis clocked in a 2:07.13, Gosselin clocked in a 2:07.62 time and Wyke clocked in a 2:08.81 time.
In the 1650-yard freestyle, Schlegel placed third overall with a time of 16:51.07, just ahead of Henderson with a time of 16:59.40, Caruthers at 17:26.04, freshman Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) at 17:35.68, and sophomore Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) at 18:16.59.
The Bobcat 400-yard relay team of Van Lanen, Hornstra, junior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.), and Zimcosky placed sixth with a time of 3:28.80.
The Bobcats prepare for the four-day US Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, December 2.