Hawkeyes Pound Northern Iowa

Jan. 21, 2005


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The University of Iowa women’s swimming & diving team won all but one event in a 148-46 pounding of in-state rival Northern Iowa Friday evening at the Fieldhouse Pool. With the victory, the Hawkeyes improved to 4-2 on the season.

The Hawkeyes got off to a good start, taking the top two places in the 200 medley relay. Iowa A, comprised of Caitlin Girdley, Katelyn Eustis, Andrea Hemphill and Katie Haeger, took first with a time of 1:51.58. Kristen Eide, Kelly Werner, Mindy Schulte and Abby VanMaaren, of Iowa B, followed closely behind with a time of 1:54.54.

In the 1,000 free, Iowa sophomore Jaclyn Sarna provided the crowd with some excitement as she crept up on Northern Iowa’s Stephanie Gable, making for an exciting finish. Despite finishing three-hundredth’s of a second behind Gable, Sarna posted a season best with a time of 10:53.95.

Iowa took the top three spots in the 50, 100 and 200 free events. Senior Erin Cochran took first in the 50 free with a time of 24.79, junior Katie Martin was the first-place finisher in the 100 free (52.80) and junior Erica Noah was the top finisher in the 200 free (1:56.23).

Hawkeye senior Jennifer Skolaski won two individual events for the Hawkeyes. She took first in both the 200 IM (2:08.21) and the 100 breast (1:08.79).

Iowa also took top honors in the 100 back, 100 fly and 500 free events. Senior Katelyn Eustis took first in the 100 back (1:01.28), senior Kristen Eide was first in the 100 fly (1:00.09) and junior Katie Koenig took top honors in the 500 free (5:20.97).

To finish off the evening, the Hawkeyes took the top three spots in the 200 free relay. Karen Kelly, VanMaaren, Jeni Sanderson and Cochran, of Iowa A, finished first with a time of 1:37.74.

The Hawkeyes return to the pool tomorrow afternoon as they take on Big Ten rival Illinois at 1 p.m. at the Fieldhouse Pool.