Jan. 29, 201
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IOWA CITY, Iowa– The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team wrapped-up its final day of competition at the Shamrock Invitational. After two days of competition spread out into three sessions, the Hawkeyes fell to host Notre Dame (264-104), Northwestern (274-93), Ohio State (256-94) and Denver (205-159).
“Obviously we expect more overall wins for our developing team,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “However, I’m proud of their efforts and I’m excited about the future. I’m looking forward to next week’s senior meet and the upcoming championship season.”
The Hawkeyes started off the final session of the invitational with the 1,650 free. Freshman Taylor Newgaard earned ninth-place finish in the event with a time of 17:23.81. Senior Christine Mauro finished behind Newgaard in 10th place with a time of 17:24.33.
Following the 1,650’s, junior Daniela Cubelic posted a sixth-place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.09. Later on in the competition, freshman Karolina Wartalowicz recorded another sixth-place finish for the Hawkeyes in the 200 breast. Wartalowicz posted a time of 2:20.95.
In the last individual event of the night, freshman Haley Gordon placed 10th in the 200 fly in 2:06.57. Freshman Abbey Tuchscherer placed 16th (2:08.58), while freshman teammate Aiste Dobrovolskaite placed 18th (2:09.36).
Freshman diver Lauren Kelba competed in the 1-meter diving event. Kelba earned a score of 243.75 to finish in eighth-place. The Hawkeyes were short divers this weekend because junior Veronica Rydze and senior Deidre Freeman were back in Iowa City for the US Diving Nationals meet.
Iowa concluded the two-day competition with the 400 free relay. Cubelic, Tour, Polz and Hovren teamed-up for the event and posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:38.88.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday Feb. 4 when they host Western Illinois and Northern Iowa for the last home meet of the season. The meet is also the Hawkeyes last dual meet of the season before the Big Ten Championships Feb. 16-19. The event is set to start at 6 p.m. (CT)