Feb. 18, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, IN –
The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team is in eighth place after the day three of competition at the 2005 Big Ten Championships. The Hawkeyes have tallied 174 points through 14 events and have provisionally qualified two individuals and one relay team for the NCAA Championships.
Iowa junior Kelly Werner led the way for the Hawkeyes on day three. In the 100 fly, Werner finished 13th and set a University of Iowa record with her time of 55.49. In the 100 back, she took ninth, swimming a personal season-best time of 55.99. The time also provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships as it met the B-standard time.
Senior Jennifer Skolaski also qualified for the finals in the 100 back and took fourth place with a time of 54.84. The time was an Iowa season-best and provisionally qualified her for NCAA’s as it met the B-standard time.
The Hawkeye 400 medley relay team comprised of Skolaski, Katie Haeger, Werner and Abby VanMaaren swam to a fifth-place finish with a season-best time of 3:44.45. The time also provisionally qualified the relay team for NCAA’s as it met the B-standard time.
In the three-meter diving event, junior Nancilea Underwood took fifth with a score of 534.70, while senior Lisette Planken was sixth (526.75).
Three other Hawkeyes posted season-best performances in the preliminaries held Friday morning. Senior Kristen Eide swam a 4:29.39 in the 400 IM while VanMaaren posted a 1:51.97 in the 200 free and senior Katie Haeger recorded a 1:04.77 in the 100 breast.
Iowa will continue competition at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday. Preliminary heats of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1,650 free start at 11 a.m. inside the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Live results are available at www.bigten.org.