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    March 20, 1998

    Women's Swimmers in Tenth at NCAA Championships

    NU 200 Medley Relay breaks Big Ten record.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's swimming and diving team remains in tenth place with 107 points after the second day of competition at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. NU got the evening finals started with a bang as the 200 medley relay team of Dominique Diezi, Amy Balcerzak, Cathy Lundin and Courtney Allen grabbed All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:40.55. The time not only broke the school record, but the Big Ten record as well.

    Balcerzak kept the hot streak going with a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast in a school-record time of 1:01.14. That was good for All-America honors. NU picked up two honorable mention All-America awards as Lundin took 14th in the 100 fly with a time of 55.18 and Diezi took 10th in the 100 back in 55.02. Diezi's time of 54.95 in the morning prelims set a school record.

    Women's Swimmers Continue Excellent Performance

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's swimming team continued its excellent performance on Friday morning at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, breaking two more school records. This makes five school marks broken in the first two days of the event.

    The 200 medley relay team of Dominique Diezi, Amy Balcerzak, Cathy Lundin and Courtney Allen finished in fourth place in the prelims with an NU-record time of 1:41.25. Diezi also set a school record in the 100 back at 54.95, good for 14th place in the prelims. Balcerzak qualified for the championship finals of the 100 breaststroke (6th, 1:01.49) while Lundin qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 butterfly (16th, 54.92).

    The Wildcats stood in tenth place with 52 points after the first day of competition. Michigan was in ninth place with 65.5 points and North Carolina just behind NU in 11th place (48 points).

    On Friday, the 200 free relay team of Courtney Allen, Allyson Bowman, Dominique Diezi and Ashley Mosher earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish. They also established a school record of 1:30.78 in the process. The 400 medley relay team of Allen, Diezi, Cathy Lundin and Amy Balcerzak also took

    All-American honors with a seventh-place finish. Their preliminary time of 3:39.58 also set a school record. Balcerzak grabbed honorable mention All-America honors with a 13th-place finish in the 200 IM. She went 2:01.16 in the finals and set a school record with a 2:00.98 in the morning preliminaries.