Hawkeyes Finish Day One of NCAAs

March 17, 2005

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – University of Iowa swimmer Jennifer Skolaski and diver Nancilea Underwood finished the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships.

Skolaski broke the school record in the 200 IM, swimming a 2:02.93 in the preliminaries. Her time broke the previous record of 2:03.98 by Allison Lyle in 2002. Skolaski placed 43rd and improved her career-best time by a little over one second. In the finals, Auburn’s Kirsty Coventry won the event with a time of 1:54.37.

Underwood placed third in the finals of one-meter diving. She finished with a score of 324.9. Underwood was third after the preliminaries as well, scoring a 302.10. Hawaii’s Qiong Jie Huang won the event with a score of 327.

Skolaski will compete tomorrow in the 100 back, while Underwood will participate in the 3-meter competition.

Results: 200 Individual Medley (Preliminaries)
1. Kirsty Coventry (Auburn): 1:56.67
2. Emily Kukors (Auburn): 1:57.36
3. Whitney Myers (Arizona): 1:57.87
4. Caroline Bruce (Stanford): 1:57.98
5. Mary Descenza (Georgia): 1:58.60
43. Jennifer Skolaski (IOWA): 2:02.93

Results: 1 Springboard Diving (Finals)
1. Qiong Jie Huang (Hawaii): 327.00
2. Blythe Hartley (USC): 324.90
3. Nancilea Underwood (IOWA): 321.40
4. Carrie McCambridge (Purdue): 314.40
5. Meghan Perry-Eaton (Notre Dame): 303.00