Jan. 22, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa– The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team returned home Saturday to host the Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern’s depth proved to be too much for Iowa, defeating the Hawkeyes 191.5-104.5. Iowa is now 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes kicked off the meet with the 200 medley relay. All three of Northwestern’s relay’s disqualified in the event, leaving Iowa’s relay teams left to finish first and second. The quartet of junior Daniela Cubelic, freshmen Karolina Wartalowicz and Aiste Dobrovolskaite and senior Katarina Tour claimed first-place with a time of 1:45.40.
Cubelic posted a first-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 56.86. She later went on to place second in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.24. Freshman Emily Hovren earned a second-place finish in the 200 free after touching the wall at a time of 1:53.31. Later on in the meet, Hovren had a strong race in the 100 free, placing fourth with a time of 52.96. Senior teammate Caitie Polz placed third in the 100 free (53.77).
Hawkeye divers started out the diving competition with the 3-meter diving event. Senior Veronica Rydze scored a first-place finish with 319.80 points. Her performance marks a collegiate best score, previously having a best score of 302.62 against Northwestern last season. Rydze went on to place second in the 1-meter event (274.95). Senior Deidre Freeman placed third in both the 3-meter (315.90) and 1-meter (273.30) events.
The Hawkeyes wrapped-up the competition with the 400 free relay. Cubelic, Hovren, freshman Elise Borja and Polz teamed up for the event. The team finished first with a time of 3:31.39.
Iowa will return to action when it travels to South Bend, Ind., Jan. 28-29 to compete at the Shamrock Invite.