Hawkeyes Send Seniors Out On Top

Feb. 4, 2011

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IOWA CITY, Iowa– The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosted Northern Iowa and Western Illinois for the last home and dual meet of the season. The Hawkeyes recognized eight seniors at the meet as they ended their dual meet careers as Hawkeyes. Iowa defeated Northern Iowa 77-27 and Western Illinois 79-22.

The Hawkeyes kicked-off the meet with first and second-place finishes in the 400 medley relay. The quartet of senior Katarina Tour, freshmen Karolina Wartalowicz and Abbey Tuchscherer and senior Caitie Polz touched the wall in first with a time of 3:54.47. Iowa’s `B’ team placed second (4:02.41).

Following the relays, Iowa swept the 200 free taking the top four spots. Freshman Emily Christiansen took the top spot with a time of 1:55.05, while freshman teammate Taylor Newgaard finished in second at 1:57.09. Sophomore Lauren Eytalis placed third (1:58.00) and freshman Aiste Dobrovolskaite took fourth (1:58.11).

Freshmen Haley Gordon, Emily Hovren, and Lauren Drennan finished first, second and third in the 100 IM with times of 59.90, 1:02.32 and 1:02.58, respectively. In the next event, freshman Elise Borja posted a first-place finishing time of 24.25 in the 50 free.

After the first intermission, Dobrovolskaite claimed a first-place finish in the 50 fly with a time of 26.63. Tuchscherer placed second (26.74), while Drennan place third (26.92).

Iowa dominated the 100 free, claiming the top four spots. Polz took the top honor with a time of 52.53. Gordon touched the wall in second at 53.93, while seniors Verity Hicks and Caitlin Carlyle finished third (54.67) and fourth (55.02), respectively.

The Hawkeyes were victorious in the next three events. Junior Daniela Cubelic placed first in the 50 back at 26.20. Hovren took the top-spot in the 500 free (5:07.64), while Tour won the 50 breast (29.87).

Senior Hawkeye diver Deidre Freeman won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Freeman earned a score of 295.45 on the 1-meter and 334.35 on the 3-meter. Freshman Lauren Kelba placed second in both events with scores of 267.10 and 283.25, respectively, while sophomore Mary Sue LeMay placed fourth in both events.

The Hawkeyes concluded the meet with a victory in the 200 free relay. The team of senior Christine Mauro, Polz, Tour and Carlyle touched the wall first at1:38.95.

Iowa will return to action Feb. 16-19 when it heads to Bloomington, IN for the Big Ten Championships.