Swimming and Diving tops Nebraska-Kearney

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By Patrick Cooley, Sports Editor

The UNO swimming and diving team defeated Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday by a score of 163-90.  The victory comes a day after their 109-185 loss to Nebraska-Lincoln.

UNO showcased stellar performances by sophomores Anna Haxby and Ariel Lahowetz, each of whom won two individual titles. Haxby, a Lincoln native, won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.85.  She also captured the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.62.  Lahowetz was victorious in both the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:06.82, and the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 2:24.12. 

The Mavs swept the top three spots in the 200 back, with freshman Erin Wright earning second place with a time of 2:30.22, and sophomore Nicole DeBoer coming in third with a time of 2:30.43.  UNO also took home the top three spots in the 100 back, with freshman Kylie Rathbone coming in second at 1:09.15 and fellow freshman Maddie Hunt placing third at 1:09.87.

Senior Laura Kemp captured the 1,000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 11:29.12.  DeBoer and fellow teammate Mary Beth Rye followed Kemp for yet another Maverick finals sweep.

Senior Lucy Zamecnik and freshmen Riley Smith and Whitney Korgan also claimed gold for head coach Todd Samland’s team.

In diving, junior Amanda Schulte earned first-place in both the one-meter and three-meter events.  The New Mexico State transfer scored 278.10 and 273.25 in her two victories.

The Mavs will hit the pool next at the Midwestern Collegiate Championship, which is set for Feb. 16-19 at HPER Swimming Pool.  Preliminaries will start at 10 a.m., and the finals will be held at 6 p.m. each day.

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