Jan. 25, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. - Saturday's meet between Northwestern (6-6, 1-5) came down to the final race of the day, with Iowa winning the 400 yard freestyle relay to defeat NU 155-145.
Northwestern freshman Lacey Locke won three individual races, including posting an NCAA `B" Cut time in the 100 yard backstroke. NU took first place in seven races in the back-and-fourth meet which featured multiple lead changes.
NU freshman Lacey Smith outraced Iowa senior Emily Hovren to win nine points and finish in first place in the 200 yard freestyle. Smith held just a 0.01 lead after the first 50 yards, but broke away in the end and posted a 1:51.46 time to win by 0.53, making the score 33-22 with Iowa in the lead.
Freshman Lacey Locke
posted an NCAA `B' Cut time in the 100 yard backstroke, swimming in 55.02, doing so for the second time in the event in her career. Locke also recorded a `B' Cut with a when she swam to 100 back in 54.58 at the TYR Invite in Evanston in November.
Locke earned NU nine points with the win to close Iowa's lead to 38-36.
Julianne Kurke would win the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.16, cutting Iowa's lead to the slimmest of margins, 47-46. Kurke held a strong 30.39 to 30.83 lead after the first 50 yards and was able to hold off Iowa's Emma Sougstad after the races final 50 yards was separated by just 0.02, winning by 0.46.
Senior Becca Soderholm, swimming in her final home meet at Northwestern during senior day, propelled NU into the lead by winning the 200 yard butterfly (2:04.39). Ellen Stello finished right behind her (2:04.42). Those combined 13 points put the `Cats in the lead 61-51.
Locke won again in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.13, taking first place by nearly two full seconds. The freshman's win helped NU hold on to a 95-93 lead.
After trailing by 0.83 after the first 50 yards, Julianne Kurke came back to win the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing strong to post the top times in the final three legs and NU led 106-101.
Locke added another win in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:04.41. The points cut Iowa's lead to 144-139 heading into the final relay of the day.
The Hawkeyes began the meet strong taking the first two times, and earning 15 points, in the 200 yard medley relay.
NU's Katie Branch closed the gap in the second leg, with the `Cats just 0.32 seconds out of first place. However, Iowa took the first two finishes, separated by just 0.46 to take a 15-2 lead.
Freshman Lauren Abruzzo swam a strong 1,000 yard freestyle with a 10:00.89 time, but she could not catch up to Iowa's Becky Stoughton, who won the race and nine points with a 9:58.20 time. In the 1,000 free, Megan Purdy posted a season best time of 10:18.80 to give NU a pair of points.
After winning the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly, Iowa retook a 126-119 lead.
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