Nov. 22, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern freshman Lauren Abruzzo broke a 16-year old Norris Aquatics pool record in the 500 yard freestyle in Friday’s preliminary portion of the TYR Invitation.
It took her just another eight hours to lower her time and reset her lowest time in the Northwestern history book.
Abruzzo swam 4:46.91 in the 500 yard freestyle in the morning session, topping previous record which had stood since 1997, belonging to Stanford’s Amy Oberhelman (4:48.64).
In the finals portion, Abruzzo cut 0.80, swimming 4:46.11 to solidify her 500 yard freestyle pool record. Both times also qualified for an NCAA “B” section of the final.
After the first day of the TYR Invitational Friday, Northwestern leads with 288 points, in front of Missouri State (196), Bowling Green (195), Michigan State (193), Illinois-Chicago (122), North Dakota (108), Kenyon College (66) and Truman State (55) and Northern Iowa (diving, 21 points).
Day two of the TYR Invitational begins at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23, with preliminary action. Finals will get underway at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Live results can be found at by clicking here
Preliminary Portion of Friday's Action
In the first race of the day, Northwestern played three swimmers in the top 16 spots of the 50 yard breaststroke, tallying three consecutive spots with Katie Branch 11th, Julianne Kurke 12th and Lacey Locke tying for 13th.
Abruzzo and NU’s Ellen Anderson, Erin Sosdian and Emily Launer all recorded individual top times and combined to give the Wildcats four of the top six times in the 500 yard freestyle.
Six Wildcats finished in the top 16 in the 200 yard IM, all posting their top times for the season. Freshmen Lacey Locke (2:04.00) and Lauren Abruzzo (2:04.40) took the first two spots in the race, while Becca Soderholm Brooke Wanser, Melissa Postoll and Ellen Stello qualified to earn points in the evening’s finals.
Senior Jackie Powell posted her top time of the season, finishing in fifth place in the 50 yard freestyle.
Finals Portion of Friday's Action
In the first individual event of the finals portion, Katie Branch won the consolation final in the 50 yard breaststroke, swimming 29.62.
With Abruzzo’s 4:46.11 time in the 500 yard freestyle, Northwestern also finished in second and third place in the event with Ellen Anderson (4:54.01) and Erin Sosdian (4:55.06) registering their fastest times of the season.
In the 200 yard IM, freshman Lacey Locke and senior Becca Soderholm recorded a pair of NCAA “B” cut qualifying times to take the first two spots, which gave the Wildcats 195 points, leading NU over Missouri State, who ranked second with 119.
Locke won the 200 yard IM, swimming a 2:02.05 while Soderholm finished second, posting a 2:02.54 time.
Missouri State moved into second place, where Bowling Green and Michigan State are separated by just three points, winning the 400 yard medley relay (3:46.42) in the night’s final event. The ‘Cats team of Lacey Locke, Julianne Kurke, Ellen Stello and Annika Winsnes finished in second with a season best time (3:47.46).
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