Nov. 21, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA- The University of Iowa women’s team finished its second day of competition at the Hawkeye Invitational. After two days of competition Iowa continues to lead with 765 points. Coming in behind Iowa are Truman State (650.5), Northern Iowa (395.5) and Western Illinois (293).
The Hawkeye women started the competition placing first and second in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Hilary Leigh, junior Katarina Tour, freshman Laura Mozden and senior Julie deBruin posted a first-place time of 1:45.37. Iowa’s B relay came in second with a time of 1:46.20.
Junior Kelsie Neubauer had a fantastic race in the 400 IM. She earned first place and swam a collegiate best time of 4:29.07. She was also the only Iowa swimmer in the event. The Hawkeyes had four girls in the final heat of the 100 fly and they took the top four spots. Tour placed first with a time of 55.06, followed by Mozden (55.82), senior Katie Michelau (56.95) and freshman Grace Borchers (57.83). Tour’s time of 55.06 set a new pool record at the Field House Pool.
“Well the relays were a lot of fun, said Head Coach Marc Long. So we enjoy watching the relays but there’s so many swims it’s hard to pinpoint any out, but clearly breaking a pool record like Katrina did is a good swim. She’s already improving this year and going on to nationals. All in all a good session, they got to get ready for tomorrow morning.”
Seniors Christine Kuczek and Verity Hicks placed second and third in the 200 free. Kuczek posted a time of 1:52.27 for second-place, which was a season best time. Hicks came in close behind at 1:53.05 for third. Senior Julie Feingold placed first in the 100 breast and earned a season best time. She recorded a time of 1:05.16. Freshman Sarah Galvin took first place in the 100 back (57.62)
The Hawkeyes concluded the meet with the 800 free relay. It was the first time this season the girls had the opportunity to swim the event at a meet. The relay team of Hicks, freshman Lauren Eytalis, Galvin and Kuczek posted a first place time of 7:38.72
The competition will wrap up tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 4 p.m.