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    March 8, 1998

    Women's Swimming Qualifies Eight for NCAA Championships

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's swimming team has qualified eight swimmers for the NCAA Championships, Mar. 19-21, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Amy Balcerzak, Dominique Diezi, Kelly Igoe, Cathy Lundin, Ashley Mosher and Joy Stover all earned All-American honors at last year's championships and will be joined this year by Courtney Allen and Allyson Bowman.

    The 200 free relay team of Mosher, Allen, Bowman and Diezi qualified with a time of 1:31.48, eighth-fastest in the country. The 200 medley relay of Diezi, Balcerzak, Lundin and Mosher qualified ninth with a time of 1:42.27 and the 400 medley relay of Diezi, Balcerzak, Lundin and Allen is 10th with a time of 3:42.10. NU also qualified for the 400 free relay. Mosher, Allen, Igoe and Diezi are 11th with a time of 3:21.01. NU will also compete for top spots in several individual events. Balcerzak will swim the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM. She qualified fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.47 and eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.66. She was 22nd in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.25. Cathy Lundin will also see action in three events. She'll compete in the 200 IM with Balcerzak and will also swim the 100 and 200 fly.

    Joy Stover will compete in the 500 and 1650 free. Her time of 16:31.54 was good enough for 11th-best in the 1650. Allen, Diezi and Mosher will all compete in the 50 free and will be joined by Igoe in the 100 free. Diezi will also swim the 100 back. Northwestern finished 12th out of 41 teams last year and will look to place even higher in this year's 50 team event.