Northwestern vs. Western Kentucky Meet Comes Down to Final Individual Event

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky, October 25. LACEY Locke and Lauren Abruzzo went 1-2 in the final individual event of the meet to clinch a six point victory for the Northwestern women, as they topped Western Kentucky, 151-145 on Friday. The Northwestern men also were victorious, edging the Hilltoppers, 161-139.

Northwestern Press Release

Northwestern freshmen Lauren Abruzzo and Lacey Locke each set WKU pool records at the Bill Powell Natatorium in the Wildcats first road meet of the season.

Locke and Abruzzo also recorded the top times in the 200 yard IM to clinch the victory for NU, as the ‘Cats (3-0) defeated Western Kentucky 151-145 Friday.

In the meet’s final individual event, Locke won the 200 yard IM (2:05.22), with Abruzzo finishing second, swimming a 2:06.16.

Abruzzo started things off breaking the Bill Powell Natatorium pool record with a win in the 1,000 yard freestyle, besting her time by over five seconds against Eastern Michigan and Illinois, swimming a 10:00.04. The previous WKU pool record was 10:14.58 set on Nov. 17, 2012.

Abruzzo also won the 500 yard freestyle, swimming a 4:56.83.

Freshman Locke earned NU a win in the 100 yard backstroke (55.39), breaking the WKU pool record of 55.53 set in 2010. Locke also won the 200 yard backstroke, swimming a 2:01.01, and the 200 yard IM (2:05.22).

After WKU’s 1:03.53 time in the 100 yard breaststroke took the event, Northwestern freshman Ellen Stello answered to win the 200 yard butterfly (2:05.33). In the race’s final 50 yards, Stello led WKU’s Courtney Marx by just 0.09, but finished the race strong to win by more than 30 seconds.

Cosima Lenz recorded a second place score in 1-meter (257.65) and 3-meter diving (259.35).

The `Cats were strong in the 200 yard freestyle, finishing with the top three fastest times, led by Jackie Powell’s 1:52.67.

Annika Winsnes swam a 52.06 in the 100 yard freestyle to earn the win for NU.

Northwestern is back in action Friday, Nov. 8 in a dual meet against Big Ten rivals Purdue and Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind. at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The `Cats return home to the Norris Aquatics Center hosting Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

In the Wildcats first road meet of the year, NU defeated Western Kentucky 161-139 Friday at the Bill Powell Natatorium.

Western Kentucky began the event defeating NU in the 400 yard medley relay with a time of 3:17.93. Sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky won the Wildcats first individual event by swimming 9:18.09 in the 1,000 yard freestyle.

Wilimovsky go the ‘Cats a win in the 500 yard freestyle, swimming a 4:33.18

In the 200 yard freestyle, Chase Stephens won the event for NU, edging out the Hilltoppers’ Jesse Musser, with a time of 1:41.05 over 1:41.64. Keeping things close, Mark Ferguson earned the win for the ‘Cats in the 100 yard backstroke (49.61), beating WKU’s Seth Musser by 0.03.

NU’s Uula Auren won the 100 yard breaststroke (56.27), once against edging out WKU by 0.03.

After the Hilltoppers won the 200 yard butterfily, Chase Stephens recorded another win for the ‘Cats, swimming a 20.59 in the 50 yard freestyle. His 46.13 time in the 100 yard freestyle gave NU another victory.

Between events, Andrew Cramer earned a 306.05 score in 1-meter diving for Northwestern. WKU’s Giorgi Meyer finished n second with a 275.95. Cramer also won the 3-meter dive (355.70).

In the 200 yard backstroke, Van Donkersgoed won the event for NU with a time of 2:02.86.

Northwestern is back in action Friday, Nov. 8 in a dual meet against Big Ten rivals Purdue and Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind. at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The ‘Cats return home to the Norris Aquatics Center hosting Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Western Kentucky Press Release

The Western Kentucky University swimming and diving kept a tight grip on Northwestern, but the Wildcats pulled away to take a pair of victories on Friday. The women were edged by NU 151-145 while the men fell 161-139.

The meet opened with Amy Crayne taking a pair of wins in the diving evaluations, as the freshman hit a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 282.15 in the three meter and a 257.65 in the one meter. Madison Rylee came in third on the three and one meter with scores of 249.52 and 236.30, respectively. Giorgi Meyer once again had another strong showing, taking second on both boards.

Out of the gates, WKU got off to a hot start with both 400 medley relays taking first, including the men’s team of Seth Musser, TJ Bland, Heitor Rodrigues and Aymeric Le Corno setting a Bill Powell Natatorium record of 3:17.93.

Junior Claire Conlon swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 1:03.53 and 200 in 2:17.56. Senior Heitor Rodrigues took care of business in the 200 fly with a first-place time of 1:50.82 and 100 fly with a time of 1:49.25. S. Musser was a double winner with 1:50.13 in the 200 back and 1:52.23 in the 200 IM.

Newcomers Maggie Patterson and Celia Ouellette also found themselves with the fastest time in their respective events, as Patterson finished the 100 fly in 56.19 with Courtney Marx right behind in 57.66 while Ouellette won the 50 free in 23.56.

Heading into the final two events, the women held a 112-110 advantage over Northwestern, but despite winning the last 200 free relay with a pool-record time of 1:34.44, the team fell just short.

WKU is back in action on Saturday, November 9 at Cincinnati with the meet scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT.

For more information on WKU swimming and diving, visit or follow the team on Twitter via @WKUSwimDive and @WKUSwimInfo.

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