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Nanooks have good first day at Husky Invitational in Wash.

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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:36 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks women’s swim team turned in a pair of top-15 finishes to highlight day one of the 64th annual Husky Invitational on Friday at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

“Today was a good start on the weekend,” head coach Scott Lemley said. “With the multitude of lifetime bests earlier in the day, the Nanooks had a good day.”

The quartet of junior Bente Heller and sophomores Margot Adams, Gabi Summers and Danielle Lyons posted the top finish of the day with a ninth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay with after touching the wall in 1 minute, 37.03 seconds. That mark surpassed the NCAA Division II B-cut standard.

In the final event of the session, the Nanooks foursome consisting of Summers, Heller, Adams and freshman Eileen Audette placed 15th in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:57.30.

Individually, Adams placed 37th in the 50 free preliminary race in 24.48 seconds. Adams improved 0.07 seconds with a season-best mark of 24.41 in the consolation final to finish 34th.

Summers, a wildlife biology and conservation student from Cheyenne, Wyo., also took 26th in the 500 free with an NCAA B-cut time of 5:07.84, which was more than five seconds better than her previous season-best time. Lyons missed out on a final in the 50 free as she recorded a preliminary time of 24.59 seconds, good for 45th.

“(Gabi) has been very focused on the 500 this year and had a sizable drop from her season’s best today,” Lemley said.

The meet continues through Sunday.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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