Women’s Swimming: Reynolds, seniors look to fine tune their stroke before Big Ten Championships

Anna Kottenstette, Reporter

It’s time to go big or go home for Northwestern.

This weekend marks the final meet at the Norris Aquatics Center for the senior class and coach Jimmy Tierney’s final opportunity to identify aspects of his swimmers’ performances that need strengthening before the Big Ten Championships.

The Wildcats will be joined in the pool Friday and Saturday by Nebraska, Ohio State and Iowa. However, because NU competed against Iowa only one week ago, the teams’ scores will not be tallied against each other.

Action will begin Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. and continue into Saturday, Feb. 2 with competition sessions being held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Prior to events Saturday evening, NU will honor the senior members of both the men’s and women’s teams.

Swimmers to be recognized from the women’s team include seniors Lauren Clifford, Meaghan Fenn, Marybeth Hall, Meredith King, Felicitas Lenz, Katie McCullough and Taylor Reynolds.

NU aims to make waves against ranked opponent Ohio State, while also keeping a close eye on its other conference opponents, Nebraska and Iowa. Though scores will not be compared directly to Iowa, the NU coaching staff can still glean information about their conference championship competitors.

This weekend’s invitational could provide key momentum as NU heads into the most important stretch of the season. Every meet has led to this point: the time when Tierney and his team make final adjustments and ready themselves to win the Big Ten Championships.