Nov. 6, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosted the Minnesota Gophers tonight at the Field House Pool. The Hawkeyes had some exciting races but lost to the Gophers 176-118.
The Hawkeye women opened up the competition with an exciting race in the 200 medley relay. Iowa and Minnesota were right next to each other the entire race, but the Gophers out-touched Iowa’s team of sophomore Danielle Carty, junior Katarina Tour, freshman Grace Borchers and sophomore Daniela Cubelic. Iowa posted a second place time of 1:44.77
Senior Christine Kuczek had a great meet. She recorded two new season best times in the 200 free (1:53.08) and the 50 free (24.09). Kuczek took first place in both the 50 free and 100 free and earned fourth place in the 200 free. Carty and Cubelic went one and two in the 100 back. Carty earned the top spot with a time if 56.41 and Cubelic came in right behind at 56.90. Carty’s time was a new season best.
“The backstroker’s really stepped it up and Christine Kuczek had some great races including in the end on the relay,” said Head Coach Marc Long.
The 100 breast was a very close race and resulted in the top six swimmers, swimming a time in the 1:05 time zone. Tour and senior Julie Feingold came in fourth and fifth, respectively. Tour placed fifth with a time of 1:05.61, while Feingold finished close behind with a time of 1:05.88. Later in the competition, Feingold swam a close race in the 200 breast and came away with second place after beating out Minnesota’s third place finisher. Feingold earned a season best time of 2:22.27.
Senior Verity Hicks swam a season best time in the 500 free (5:03.10) and earned a second place finish. Iowa did not win the 100 fly but the Hawkeye flyers still took second, third and fourth place. Senior Laura Mozdzen took second place with a time of 58.06, while Feingold took third (58.20) and senior Katie Michelau took fourth (59.86). Tour picked up what she made look like an easy first place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.10, which was a season best time for her.
The Hawkeye women concluded the competition with a battle for first place in the 400 free relay. Iowa’s team of Cubelic, Carty, Hicks and Kuczek brought the crowd to their feet after being neck-in-neck with Minnesota before Kuczek touched the Gophers relay out. The women posted a time of 3:28.19.
“We were happy with the meet but we needed to step it up in some races and put ourselves in a winning position,” added Coach Long. “But as a program we did a great job and had a great finish to the meet. We still have a long way to go not only as a program but also this season. We had some positive races but there are definitely things we need to work on.”
Iowa’s women divers had a strong day. Freshman Mary Sue LeMay took third place in the women’s one-meter diving event with a score of 218.25, which is her best score this season. Senior Brittany Logan came in right behind Lemay with a fourth place finish (167.32). The Hawkeyes stayed consistent in three-meter diving event, placing third and fourth. Lemay earned a score of 188.93, while Logan earned a score of 188.32.