Oct. 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team, 2-0 overall and in the Big Ten, hosted Michigan State at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Saturday. The Hawkeyes dominated the Spartans, winning a total of 13 out 16 events with a final score of 184.5-93.5.
Becky Stoughton set a school and pool record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:17.90. The previous school record was set by Jennifer Skolaski in 2003 with a time of 4:20.14. Stoughton’s time was also a NCAA `B’ qualifying time. Stoughton has set five records in the first three meets this season as a Hawkeye freshman. She also recorded an individual first-place finish in the 100 back. Her time of 56.68 in the event ranks seventh overall in school history.
The Hawkeyes kicked off the meet with first and second place finishes in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Danielle Carty, Karolina Wartalowicz, Haley Gordon and Heather Arseth finished first with time of 1:44.79. Iowa’s `B’ team of Daniela Cubelic, Hannah Maher, Audrey Kumm and Elise Borja placed behind Iowa’s `A’ team in second at 1:46.07.
Taylor Newgaard and Hillary Weigand finished first and second in the 1,000 free with times of 10:21.33 and 10:21.77, respectively. Later on in the competition, Arseth posted a first place finish and collegiate best time in the 100 free after touching the wall in 51.76 seconds.
The Hawkeyes recorded first, second and third place finishes in the 200 free. Emily Hovren won the event with a time of 1:53.31. Emily Christiansen placed second (1:54.65), while Cubelic placed third (1:55.76). Iowa went on to collect another set of the top-three times but in the 200 fly. Gordon won the event with a time of 2:05.58.
Hawkeye diver Veronica Rydze posted a first place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 322.36. Abigail Grilli rounded out the top-five in the event with a score of 246.61. Rydze went on to place third on the three-meter springboard with a score of 248.03.
Iowa concluded the meet with the 400 free relay. Hovren, Carty, Cubelic and Arseth dominated the event, touching the wall ahead of the other squads with a time of 3:27.37, which was nine seconds ahead of Michigan State’s second place finishing relay (3:36.58).
The Hawkeyes return to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Nov. 4 when they host Minnesota. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m.