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    Senior Soderholm Shatters Career Best, Again, in 400 IM

    Feb. 21, 2014

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    Northwestern Big Ten Championships •
    Northwestern: 68 points, 11th/12 place

    University of Minnesota Aquatic Center • Minneapolis, Minn.

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    MINNEAPOLIS – After swimming a new career best in the 400 yard IM Friday morning during the prelims of the Big Ten Championships, senior Becca Soderholm shattered her time again in the consolation finals in the evening session.

    Soderholm finished the race with a new career-best time of 4:15.37, an NCAA “B” Cut time, lowering her previous career best by exactly 0.30.

    After finishing No. 11 in the prelims, she moved up to No. 10 in the scoring consolation final to earn seven points for the ‘Cats.

    “It felt really good. It went as I hoped and as I expected,” Soderholm said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better finish in the 400 IM for my career.”

    Soderholm was one of three Wildcats to score points Friday night. She was joined by sophomore Julianne Kurke and freshman Lacey Locke.

    “Overall tonight I felt the attitude was good. I felt the mindset was good,” head coach Jimmy Tierney said. “It’s a great experience we have to go through and get comfortable and ready to respond.”

    In the 100 yard breaststroke, Kurke finished No. 14 for Northwestern with an NCAA “B” Cut time of 1:02.18 to earn three points for the ‘Cats.

    Kurke swam into No. 9 in the morning to reach the evening finals and is looking forward to adding even more points in the 200 breast Saturday.

    “I felt really good this morning [during the prelims]. Everything about it just felt perfect. It was a phenomenal race, basically the race of my life,” Kurke said. “Tomorrow’s my best event, so I’m really looking forward to that to see what I can do.”

    Freshman Lackey Locke ended the swimming portion of Friday’s finals with a No. 16 finish in the scoring consolation final in the 100 back. Locke posted a time of 55.41 to earn a point for the ‘Cats." 

    Northwestern began the finals portion swimming a season best in the 400 yard medley relay. NU’s young relay team all underclassmen Lacey Locke, Julianne Kurke, Ellen Stello and Lacey Smith swam a 3:43.96, crushing their season best by more than three seconds. Locke began the race swimming a solid 54.83 in the first 50 yards.

    Freshman Lauren Abruzzo and Ellen Stello both swam in the bonus final of the 400 yard IM, and the pair of newcomers each recorded career-best times. Abruzzo finished No. 19 with a time of 4:19.85, lowering her time by nearly three full seconds. Stello trimmed her time by more than two full seconds, going 4:25.36.

    In the 200 yard free, seniors Jackie Powell (1:49.72) and Erin Sosdian (1:49.94) took part in the bonus final for the ‘Cats.

    In the 3-meter diving prelims, Cosmia Lenz led the ‘Cats with a 262.70 score and Mary Kate Campbell posted a score of 255.30. Caroline Grant took a score of 223.75 in the 3-meter as well. 

    Through Friday’s portion, Northwestern registered 68 points and are at No. 11.

    Sportsmanship Award: Before Friday’s championship finals, senior Jackie Powell was honored as Northwestern’s winner of the B1G Sportsmanship Award. 

    The Big Ten Championships continue at the University of Minnesota Saturday with the prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and platform diving beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT. 

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