Feb. 20, 2014
||Big Ten Championships •
Northwestern: 45 points, 11th/12 place
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center • Minneapolis, Minn.
Results | Results
MINNEAPOLIS – Northwestern freshmen Lauren Abruzzo and Lacey Locke each swam NCAA “B” Cut times during Thursday’s final evening portion of the Big Ten Championships.
At the University of Minneasota, Abruzzo swam a 4:46.37 to score points for NU in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing No. 14.
“I was very excited going into the meet and that definitely carried through in the races. It made me have so much energy seeing my teammates cheering for me during the 500, especially at night,” Abruzzo said. “I tried to use that atmosphere to push me even more. I just really like to have fun, relax and try to enjoy this time with my team because everyone’s been working so hard and its great to spend time with them and see everyone’s work pay off. “
Locke posted a 2:01.89 in the 200 yard IM, an NCAA “B” Cut time. After finishing No. 22 in the prelims, Locke moved up to No. 18 in the finals.
“We have to keep our confidence. If you’re hurting in a race, that pain goes away very quickly,” Northwestern head coach Jimmy Tierney said. “To push through toward something special, that kind of stuff lasts a long, long time. There’s a heck of a trade off. We just have to get ourselves in that position, mentally hang tough and fight through it.”
Northwestern began the finals portion with a season best time in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The Wildcats team of Valerie Nubbe, Julia Pratt, Jackie Powell and Annika Winsnes swam a 1:32.77, besting NU’s previous top time of 1:33.92 set in Evanston in November during the TYR Invite.
Nubbe began the race swimming a season-best time of 23.46 in the first leg of the relay. It bested her previous 50 yard free season low time of 23.99 on Jan. 11.
Also in the bonus final of the 500 yard free, Erin Sosdian recorded a 4:49.88. Sophomore Emily Launer also swam in the bonus final, swimming a time of 4:56.40.
After Thursday’s session, Northwestern has scored 45 points and stands at No. 11.
On the diving boards, Cosima Lenz led the Wildcats at No. 25 with 242.50 points on the 1-meter board. Mary Kate Campbell scored 235.85 points for NU and Caroline Grant tallied a 230.25.
The Big Ten Championships continue at the University of Minnesota Friday with the prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT and the finals at 6:30 p.m. Live results are available here.
Friday’s session includes the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 3-meter diving.
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