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    Feb. 19, 1998

    Northwestern Women's Swimming and Diving Posts Impressive Scores

    Wildcats do well in first day action at Big Ten Championships

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern womens swimming and diving team is in good shape after the first day of action at the 1998 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington, Ind. No team scores were available but NU had several impressive individual performances. The Cats got things started quickly with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay, the first event of the finals session Thursday night. Ashley Mosher, Courtney Allen, Allyson Bowman and Dominique Diezi blazed their way to a time of 1:31.48, good for an automatic berth in next months NCAA Championships.

    Joy Stover kept things going with a sixth-place finish in the 500 free. Her time of 4:51.17 was good for an NCAA B cut and bettered her prelim time of 4:51.63. Alexis Keto picked up valuable points with a 16th place finish, touching in 5:01.56.

    Amy Balcerzak posted another top finish for the Cats with a third-place effort in the 200 IM. Her time of 2:02.25 was good for an NCAA B cut. She went 2:03.02 in the prelims. Cathy Lundin also scored, taking 14th place in a time of 2:05.68.

    Northwestern really got things rolling in the 50 free, placing four swimmers in the top 14. Allen and Diezi both made NCAA B cuts in finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Allen was clocked at 23.24 and Diezi touched in 23.37. Mosher, who just missed qualifying for the finals heat, won the consolation heat in a time of 23.37 as well, good for ninth overall. Bowman rounded out the quartet with a 14th place finish in a time of 23.87. Julia McDonald finished 11th in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 314.10 and Northwestern wrapped up the night with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay. NUs time of 3:42.10 earned them an NCAA B cut.

    The Cats are back in action tomorrow for day two. The schedule includes the 200 medley and 800 free relays and the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 3 meter diving. There will be prelims for the individual events beginning at 11 a.m. and the finals, including both relays, get under way at 7 p.m.