Feb. 1, 2014
South Bend, Ind. – Northwestern came back to defeat on the second day of the Shamrock Invite to defeat Iowa Saturday.
The ‘Cats trailed the Hawkeyes 63-47 entering Saturday’s sessions of the invitational before NU mounted a rally to defeat Iowa 186-184.
Lauren Abruzzo led throughout the 1,650 yard freestyle to give the ‘Cats a first place finish in the long distance event. The freshman posted a time of 16:34.19, winning the race by nearly eight full seconds.
Freshman Lacey Locke continued her impressive first season with a NCAA ‘B’ Cut time in the 200 yard backstroke. The race featured three NCAA ‘B’ Cut times, with Locke finishing in third place with a time of 1:58.72. The Irish’s Kelly Ryan and Katie Miller also posted NCAA ‘B’ Cut times, to finish ahead of Iowa.
would take second place for NU in the 200 yard breast with a time of 2:17.15. She was bested only by Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney, whose time of 2:12.38 was good for an NCAA ‘B’ Cut.
In the 200 yard butterfly, Ellen Stello (2:03.32) and Becca Soderholm (2:05.05) finished ahead of the Hawkeyes to propel the Wildcats.
For the ‘Cats relay team, NU finished in second place in the 800 yard freestyle when Ellen Anderson, Abruzzo, Jackie Powell and Lacey Smith swam a 7:29.11. NU came back to beat out Iowa to finish the relay.
Notre Dame defeated Iowa head-to-head 263-106. On the men’s side, Missouri State won 213-157 against Iowa and the Irish defeated both Missouri State (223-147) and Iowa (224.5-145.5).
Up next for the ‘Cats, NU travels to the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. from Feb. 19 to 22.
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