Oct. 20, 2011
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MADISON, Wis. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team competed against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Big Ten opener Thursday night at the Natatorium. The Hawkeyes set a pool record in the 1,000 free and beat the Badgers 224-74.
“We had some great races tonight and a hightlight was a pool record set by Becky Stoughton in the 1,000 free,” said head coach Marc Long. “The Badgers competed without some of their top swimmers but our athletes had some great performances.”
Freshman Becky Stoughton posted a first place finish and set a pool record in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:51.32. This marked Stoughton’s second record in the event after she set a pool record Oct. 8 at Iowa’s annual black and gold intrasquad meet. The Peoria, Ill., native went on to post two more victories in the 200 free (1:49.70) and 500 free (4:52.94).
Freshman Hannah Maher claimed her first victory as Hawkeye in the 100 breast. She touched the wall first with a time of 1:05.64. Freshman teammate Elaine Boosalis finished first in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.58, which ranks tenth in school history.
The Hawkeye divers took the top four spots in the three-meter springboard and the top three spots on the one-meter. Senior Veronica Rydze claimed two first places finishes on the boards. Her first win came in the three-meter springboard with a score of 270.75 and she went on to win the one-meter with a score of 266.55. Joelle Christy finished second in the three-meter (230.85), while Lauren Kelba placed second in the one-meter (247.43).
Iowa concluded the competition with the 400 free relay. The quartet of Stoughton, Cubelic, Emily Hovren and Arseth recorded a first place finish with a time of 3:27.53.
The Hawkeyes return home Saturday Oct. 29 when they host Michigan State. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.