Nov. 15, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Both the Northwestern men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams host Wisconsin in a combined meet Friday at the Norris Aquatics Center at 4:30 p.m. CT.
After being on the road since Oct. 18, this will be the ‘Cats Big Ten home opener.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are coming off a pair of quad meets last weekend. On Friday, Nov. 8, Northwestern lost to Purdue and Ohio State before rebounding to defeat UIC and Wyoming one day later.
For the women, freshman Lacey Locke was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week last week after she recorded four first-place finishes in a pair of weekend tri-meets last week.
Locke finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (55:18) and 200-yard backstroke (2:00.02) against Purdue and Ohio State (11/8). A day later, she placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.82) and 200-yard backstroke (1:59.95) versus Wyoming and Illinois-Chicago, helping the Wildcats defeat Wyoming (159-141) and UIC (210-86).
Against UIC and Wyoming, n the 400 yard IM, both Becca Soderholm and Ellen Stello came on strong in the race's final 200 yards. Soderholm won the event with a 4:25.65 time and Stello finished in second at 4:26.14.
Stello added an individual win in the 200 yard butterfly, swimming in 2:03.92.
Freshman Lauren Abruzzo continued her impressive first season, giving the `Cats their first individual win in the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:06.65), maintaining a strong lead throughout most of the race.
Abruzzo also won the 500 yard freestyle, swimming in 4:55.10. Ellen Anderson finished second with a time of 4:56.42. NU's top two swimmers posted the only sub-five-minute times in the event.
Last week, the men’s swimmers and divers won eight individual races and the 200 yard medley relay to defeat Wyoming and UIC in a duals meet Saturday at UIC.
Six different swimmers and diver Andrew Cramer each won individual events for Northwestern as the ‘Cats defeated Wyoming 161-137 and UIC 229-67.
Northwestern’s 200 yard medley relay team of Mark Ferguson, Uula Auren, Andrew Jovanovic and Chase Stephens started the meet strong winning with a time of 1:30.03.
NU took the first top two times in the 1,000 yard freestyle, with Jordan Wilimovsky winning with a time of 9:15.73, beating his closest opponent by more than 25 seconds.
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