Jan. 30, 2010
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SOUTH BEND, IN- The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its final day of competition at the Shamrock Invite. The Hawkeyes had two solid days of swimming against Notre Dame, Denver and 21st-ranked Missouri. After the two days of competition, Iowa beat Denver 225-143 but lost to Notre Dame (260-110) and Missouri (269-101).
The second day of competition was split into two final sessions, one in the morning and the other in the evening. The Hawkeyes started off the morning session with the 200 medley relay. The team of sophomore Danielle Carty, senior Julie Feingold, junior Katarina Tour and sophomore Daniela Cubelic started off the day with a third-place finish in the event. The team recorded a time of 1:44.80. Iowa’s “B” relay finished eighth (1:48.97).
Tour had strong races in the 100 fly, breast and free. She had the highest finishes in the three races for the Hawkeyes. Tour placed fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 56.67. She went on to earn sixth place in both the 100 breast (1:05.93) and 100 free (52.41). Her 100 free time was a season best time and was not far off her collegiate best time (52.30).
Carty and Cubelic both swam the 100 and 200 back. Carty posted a third-place time of 56.73 in the 100 back, and Cubelic came in seventh at 57.36. Later on in the competition they returned to the pool to swim the 200 back. Cubelic had a great swim in the event and finished in fourth- place with a season best time of 2:01.98, while Carty placed 12th (2:06.96).
Continuing the competition, Feingold swam the 200 breast and placed seventh (2:23.59). Finishing right behind Feingold for eighth-place was teammate, sophomore Dana Davidsen, with a time of 2:24.17. Senior Laura Mozdzen swam the last individual race of the competition. She placed fifth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.61. Teammate senior Katie Michelau also swam the event and placed 11th (2:09.55).
The Hawkeyes ended the first session of the day with 800 free relay. Hicks, Cubelic, freshman Sarah Galvin, and senior Christine Kuczek teamed up and placed fourth in the event. The team posted a time of 7:34.96. Iowa concluded the entire competition with the 400 free relay. The team of Cubelic, Carty, Kuczek and Tour stepped up and placed third in the event with a time of 3:27.06.
“We got what we were looking for, an opportunity to race against good swim teams in a championship style meet,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “We had some great races and it was a great preparation for the Big Ten Championships coming up. I’m really proud of the team and how they stepped up against some strong teams.”
The lady divers competed in the 3-meter diving event. Junior Veronica Rydze placed sixth in the event with a score of 268.80. Teammates freshman Mary Sue LeMay finished 10th in the event (219.05), followed by senior Brittany Logan finishing 11th (203.65).