Wendell shines for swimmers

Senior Jenny Wendell capped her final NIU swimming season with three individual school records, two Midwest Regional titles and one Midwest Regional record at the weekend Midwest Regional Swimming and Diving Championships at SIU-Carbondale.

Despite Wendell’s outstanding individual performances, NIU was unable to get by Illinois State who repeated as champions with 855 points. SIU-C took runner-up honors for the second straight year (806) while NIU posted a strong third-place finish with 486 points. WIU (411), UIC (350), Northern Iowa (215) and EIU (203) completed scoring for the seven-team meet.

Wendell won the 200-yard individual medley in both a Midwest and NIU record 2:08.49 time. She came back to take the 200 breaststroke blue ribbon, 2:24.66, for her double Midwest feat. Wendell added two more NIU records to her list of weekend accomplishments: 400 individual medley (4:34.72) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.87).

And if the individual awards were not enough, Wendell joined forces with Kristin Scholz, Pam Jackson and Stacy Hartzer to set a new Huskie 400 medley relay record (3:59.87) with their third-place swim at the Midwest meet.

“Jenny had a really good meet,” said head women’s coach Mike Burt. “In fact, the whole team put together a solid three days of personal-best and record-setting swims. This was a nice way to end the season.”

Junior Stacey Hartzer joined Wendell in the double Huskie record column. Hartzer finished fourth in the 500 freestyle in a NIU best 5:04.55. Saturday Hartzer’s second-place 1650 freestyle swim set another NIU record (17:25.86).

Kristin Scholz‘ second-place :59.65 time in the 100 backstroke set a seventh NIU record. Pam Jackson completed the recordbook revision with a 1:23.97 NIU record time in the 50 freestyle time trials.

Two NIU relay times, the 400 medley and 400 freestyle, and Jackson all qualified for the March 21-24 United States Senior National meet in Nashville. Wendell, Jackson and Scholz comprise both qualified relay teams.