Ellen Stello wipes the oldest standing school record off the board in the 200 fly
Fall 2014: Northwestern's top distance swimmer ... Finished the fall season on Northwestern's top times list in seven different events while racking up NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in three of them ... Led the Wildcats in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free while ranking second in the 200 IM and 400 IM, and fourth in the 200 free and 200 breast ... Also swam with NU's top 800 free relay of the fall ... Recorded five top-five finishes at Northwestern's home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) ... Took second in the 500 free and the 1,650 free at the TYR with NCAA `B' cuts in both, swimming a season-best 4:46.84 in the 500 free prelims and a 16:28.71 in the mile ... Was third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 200 free and 400 IM at the TYR ... Competed in three events at the AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals (12/3-12/6) ... Lowered her season-best in the 1,650 free to 16:22.17 at Nationals to place 14th ... Swam an NCAA `B' cut of 4:17.76 in the prelims of the 400 IM before recording a career-best and `B' time of 4:17.51 in the bonus final to place 23rd overall ... That time places her sixth in the event on NU's all-time top times list ... Also swam the 500 free at Nationals, finishing 29th overall ... Won the 1,000 free in three different dual meets while finishing second in the event against Wisconsin ... In all, scored points with 10 top-five dual meet event finishes in the fall.
2013-14: NCAA qualifier...Named to US National Junior Team in Open Water 10 K...Named Most Valuable by team at the end of the season...Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for week of November 27... CSCAA Scholar All-America first team selection ... Posted six individual top times and one relay top time for NU, including `Cats fastest times in three categories...Broke team records with school's all time best times in 1,650 free and 1,000 free....Swam team record 16:10.40 time in 1,650 free at TYR Invite (11/24)...Also broke school record in 1,000 free with 9:48.17 time in 1,000 free, which was a split time in the 1,650 free at TYR Invite (11/24)....Led `Cats on the year with 4:46.11 time in 500 free at TYR Invite (11/22), which was fastest time for NU on the year and broke a new Norris Aquatics Pool Record...500 free time of 4:46.11 also ranks No. 4 all time in NU history...Posted 4:18.26 time in 400 IM at TYR Invite (11/23), ranking No. 9 all-time in school history...Posted strong mile time at NCAA Championships, swimming 1,650 free in 16:11.57, rankings No. 21 in the nation...Posted time of 4:49.70 in 500 free at NCAA Championships, ranking No. 58 in the nation...Swam 4:24.25 time to finish No. 51 in the nation at NCAA Championships...Finished No. 4 in the Big Ten to reach the podium with NCAA "B" Cut time of 16:15.29 in 1,650 free at the Big Ten Championships...Swam on NU's top 800 free relay team, which posted season best time of 7:!8.16 at Big Ten Championships...Posted six total NCAA "B" Cut times during the year.
High School: Competed in the 2012 Long Course Junior Nationals, placing 18th in the 1,500-meter freestyle ... Was third in that event at the 2012 Long Course Western Sectionals ... Finished fourth at the Colorado 4A state meet in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events as a sophomore ... Competed for 10 years with the University of Denver Hilltoppers club, which held Gold Medal status in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, ranking 14th in the country during that time ... Three-time Scholastic All-America team member ... Cum Laude Society ... Honor roll member every semester of high school.
Personal: Born Lauren Elizabeth Abruzzo ... Daughter of Susan McInnes and Joseph Abruzzo ... Chose Northwestern over Duke and Yale ... Major is undeclared.