Feb. 18, 2010
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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN- The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team starts off strong at the Big Ten Championships being held at Purdue University. After two days of competition the Hawkeyes are in ninth place with 63 points.
Wednesday night the Hawkeyes competed in the 200 medley and 800 free relay. The 200 medley team of sophomore Danielle Carty, junior Katarina Tour, sophomore Grace Borchers and sophomore Daniela Cubelic posted a time of 1:42.12 landing the team in ninth place.
The 800 free relay team also landed themselves in ninth place. Junior Verity Hicks, Cubelic, freshman Lauren Eytalis, and senior Christine Kuczek teamed up and recorded a time of 7:22.77. Hicks lead off the relay and set a new school record of 1:48.93. The previous record was 1:49.07, held by former Iowa swimmer, Jennifer Skolaski in 2004. Hicks’ time was also a collegiate best for her.
“Overall a great start for us,” said Head Coach Marc Long after the first day of competition.
The Hawkeyes kicked off the second day of competition with the 200 free relay. The team of Kuzcek, Cubelic, Carty and senior Julie deBruin placed ninth with a time of 1:32.91. The team’s time was the second fastest time in school history. Tour scored points for the Hawkeyes in the 200 IM. She placed 15th with a time of 2:01.88.
Junior diver Veronica Rydze had a great performance in the one-meter diving event. She placed 10th in the event with a personal best score of 281.10.
Iowa will continue the competition tomorrow with finals starting at 6:30 (CT).