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    Abruzzo, Lenz Reach Podium for `Cats in Big Ten Championships

    Feb. 23, 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 – Northwestern freshman Lauren Abruzzo continued her impressive freshman season for the Wildcats, finishing No. 4 in the championship final of the 1,650 free Saturday night at the Big Ten Championships.

    The freshman from Denver, Colo. swam an NCAA “B” Cut time of 16:15.29, becoming one of just three freshman to reach the podium in the event with the second fastest time for a freshman.

    “I really had a lot of fun during the whole race. It meant so much to me to see my teammates and friends cheering for me,” Abruzzo said. “That really fueled me. It was such an exciting meet.”

    The swim earned Northestern 15 points in the final session of the Big Ten Championships.

    On the platform diving boards, senior Cosima Lenz also reached the podium, scoring a 241.95 to finish No. 8 in the championship final and take home 11 points for the ‘Cats.

    “I was pretty relaxed. Maybe on my last dive I had a little too much adrenaline, but too much is better than too little,” Lenz said. “I really just wanted to stay consistent and do what I do in practice.”

    Sophomore Julianne Kurke also registered points for NU, doing so in the breaststroke for the second consecutive day. After placing in the consolation final of the 100 yard breaststroke on Friday, Kurke finished No. 13 in the 200 yard distance of the event. Kurke swam an NCAA “B” Cut time of 2:14.92 to earn four points for Northwestern.

    Northwestern’s 400 free relay team of Annika Winsnes, Jackie Powell, Lacey Smith and Julia Pratt ended the night with a 3:23.75 time to earn 12 points for the ‘Cats.

    NU ended the Big Ten Championships with 110 points at No. 10. 


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