Nov. 24, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Freshman Lauren Abruzzo set the Northwestern pool and school records in the 1,650 freestyle to open up the finals portion of the last day of the TYR Invite at the Norris Aquatics Center Sunday.
Aburzzo swam the 1,650 free in 16:10.40, breaking the Wildcats record by 0.52, held by Ellen Grigg (16:10.92 in 2009).
It topped the NU pool record (16:28.01), set by the ‘Cats Kassia Shishkoff in 2007. In the 1,650 race, Abruzzo’s split time in the 1,000 free (9:48.17) also set the new Northwestern pool and school records.
In the final day of action of the TYR Invitational Sunday, which saw multiple pool records broken, Northwestern won the invite, totally 1,066 points. Michigan State finished in second place (657), followed by Missouri State (583), Bowling Green (582), Illinois-Chicago (385), Truman State (252), North Dakota (251), Kenyon College (199) and Northern Iowa, who scored 29 points sending just its diving team on Friday.
Abruzzo’s time of 9:48.17 bested Ellen Grigg’s 9:49.61 time, which was also registered as a 1,650 split time, school record. It also broke the pool record previously held by Minnesota’s Olga Splichalova in 1997 (9:52.30).
Abruzzo’s 16:10.40 time in the 1,650 is almost a full 9 seconds faster than the cutoff to qualify for NCAA’s last year.
Preliminary Portion of Sunday's Action
Northwestern’s Ellen Stello finished in a tie for sixth place to advance to the championship round in the 50 yard butterfly,
The Wildcats had another strong showing in the 200 yard backstroke, taking the event’s top three times and five of the top six. Freshman Lacey Locke earned the top time (2:00.5) while Karen Turner, Melissa Postoll, Madeline Klichowski and Erin Sosdian also all advanced to the championship final.
Locke also finished in first place in the 50 yard backstroke, with the races only sub-26.00 time. Locke advanced to the final swimming 25.93.
Jackie Powell (4th-51.36) and Annika Winsnes (5th-51.49) advanced to the championship final with top eight finishes in the 100 yard freestyle.
In the 200 yard breastroke, three ‘Cats reached the championship final, with Megan Goss (2.:20.19), Brooke Wanser (2:20.30) and Katie Branch swimming 2:20.33.
Freshman Ellen Stello advanced to the 200 yard butterfly championship final with the race’s second fastest time (2:02.46), where she will also join senior Becca Soderholm (2:05.44) in the Sunday afternoon championship.
In platform diving, Cosmia Lenz recorded the top score with 215.85 points.
Finals Portion of Sunday's Action
Lacey Locke registered an NCAA “B” cut time (1:57.67) in the 200 yard butterfly, the champion final’s top time. Northwestern ended the race with the top four finishers in the championship. Karen Turner (1:59.49) also registered a time below two minutes and Melissa Postoll and Erin Sosdian finished in third and fourth place respectively.
Locke also won the championship final in the 50 yard backstroke, swimming in 25.84.
In the 200 yard breaststroke, Northwestern’s Megan Goss finished in third place in the championship, posting a 2:18.48 time. Sophomore Julianne Kurke won the consolation final, swimming in 2:16.13.
Ellen Stello recorded her top time in the 200 yard butterfly championship final, finishing in second place with a time of 2:02.21.
NU’s relay team won the 400 yard freestyle to close out the TYR Invite. The ‘Cats’ Jackie Powell, Lacey Smith, Lacey Locke and Annika Winsnes combined to swim 3:23.69.
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