NIU women swimmers split weekend meets

The NIU women’s swimming and diving team could not come up with the correct answer Friday and Saturday when adding three-fourths and one-fourth in order to come up with a whole.

ad that happened, the Huskies would have come home with a winning weekend marked by two wins instead of just one.

NIU dominated the Wisconsin-Green Bay in Friday’s dual meet action 154-107 by winning more than three-fourths (13-of-16) of the events. Saturday’s dual with Wisconsin, however, was a different story.

The Huskies could claim only four of the 16 events in a 162-104 loss which dropped NIU’s overall record to 3-1. The Badgers improved to 3-1 on the season while W-GB’s Phoenix start at 0-1.

“First of all, I was impressed with the improvement Wisconsin-Green Bay has made in the last year. They were a lot tougher and gave us some good competition and made us swim better,” NIU head coach Mike Burt said. “We had many people swim season- and career-best times.”

NIU’s big winner in the meet was freshman Stacy Hartzer, who claimed three event titles. She won the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.08), 200-yard breaststroke (2:37.90), and 400-yard individual medley (4:48.80) in helping the Huskies to their third win as many outings. Fellow frosh Joanne Sommer placed first in both the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.7) and 500-yard freestyle (5:20.6).

Sophomore diver Madolyn Scotty won blue ribbons on both the one- and three-meter diving boards with scores of 247.95 and 255.35, respectively. Both scores were good enough for her to earn a berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Zone C Diving Qualification meet in March.

On Saturday morning, NIU returned to Wisconsin waters, but this time competing in Madison rather than Green Bay with the Big Ten Badgers, who captured 12 of 16 events.

Individual winners for the Huskies were Leanne Napoli in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.8), Lynette Zeitz in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.8) and Anne Marie Karlsen in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:33.8). The Huskies’ 200-yard medley relay foursome of Laura Webster, Napoli, Zeitz and Jenny Wendell started the meet with a first-place time of 1:54.45.