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    March 22, 1998

    Women's Swimming Takes Tenth at NCAA Championships

    'Cats Match Best Finish Ever and Top Finish Since 1990

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's swimming and diving team finished in tenth place with 149 points at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., last weekend. Texas was ninth with 211 points and Nebraska was 11th with 128 points. Stanford won the event with 422 points.

    In day three action Saturday, NU grabbed seven All-America awards and broke two school records. The 400 free relay team of Ashley Mosher, Courtney Allen, Kelly Igoe and Dominique Diezi took All-America honors with an eighth-place finish. Their time of 3:19.49 also set an NU record.

    Amy Balcerzak was named All-America for her seventh-place finish in the 200 breast. She also broke a school record with her time of 2:12.88. Cathy Lundin grabbed honorable-mention All-America honors with a 15th-place finish in the 200 fly in a time of 2:01.22. Joy Stover was honorable-mention All-America in the 1650 free in a time of 16:27.00.

    NU's 10th-place finish equals their best ever and is their top finish in four years under head coach Jimmy Tierney. The 'Cats also broke eight school records and took home 23 All-America awards. Balcerzak earned All-America honors and broke school records in all five of her events. Diezi also took home All-America honors and school records in five events. Allen and Lundin were both four-time All-Americans, Mosher earned two awards and Igoe, Stover and Allyson Bowman had one each. The 200 and 400 medley and free relays all finished in the top eight, earning All-America honors, and all broke school records.