Feb. 17, 2011
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Bloomington, Ind.– The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team competed at the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on the campus of Indiana University. After two days of competition, the Hawkeyes are in eighth place with 75 points.
Senior diver Deidre Freeman was Iowa’s top individual finisher of the day. Freeman placed third on the 1-meter spring board with a school record-breaking score of 338.55. The previous record was set in 2005 by Lisette Planken with a score of 326.55. Freeman’s teammate Veronica Rydze placed 12th on the board with a collegiate best score of 296.35.
At the prelims session held Thursday morning, freshmen Emily Christiansen and Taylor Newgaard posted collegiate best times in the 500 free, finishing in 4:59.88 and 5:03.10, respectively. Later on in the prelims session, senior Polz posted a collegiate best time of 23.73 in the 50 free.
“We had some outstanding performances from the divers with Rydze placing 12th and Freeman coming in 3rd with a new school record in the finals,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “We’re looking forward to more diving and racing tomorrow morning.”
The Hawkeyes will continue competition at the Big Ten Championships tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. (CT) and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m. (CT).