Nov. 4, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The Hawkeyes put up a strong fight but the Gophers were able to hold off the Hawkeyes 205-95. Iowa is now 2-1 on the season.
Freshman Becky Stoughton crushed her previous school record in the 1,000 free by over 11 seconds with a time of 9:39.44. She beat her previous record, which she set against Wisconsin Oct. 20 with a time of 9:51.32. Later on in the competition, Stoughton set two more records in the 500 free. She recorded a school and pool record in the event with a time of 4:47.18. The previous school record was set in 2000 by Melissa Loehndoft (4:47.21).
The Golden Gophers were able to edge out the Hawkeyes in the 200 medley relay. Danielle Carty, Karolina Wartalowicz, Haley Gordon and Heather Arseth touched the wall second with a time of 1:42.94, which was just behind Minnesota’s winning time of 1:42.74.
Cubelic and Carty placed second and third in the 100 back with times of 56.58 and 56.85, respectively. Following the 100 back, Wartalowicz posted a second place finish in the 100 breast and swam a season best time of 1:04.85, which was less than a second off her personal best time of 1:04.08 that ranks fifth in school history. Gordon claimed a second place finish in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.35.
Hawkeye diver Veronica Rydze posted a second place finish on the 3-meter springboard with a score of 298.28. Joelle Christy rounded out the top-five in the event with a score of 248.55. Later on in the competition, Rydze claimed another second place finish on the 1-meter springboard (290.33). Lauren Kelba recorded a third place finish in the event with a score of 268.50.
Stoughton set her third event record of the night in the 400 IM with a time of 4:17.60. She broke her previous school and pool record of 4:17.90, which she set at Iowa’s meet against Michigan State Oct. 29. Combining pool and school records, Stoughton has set 12 records in Iowa’s first four meets of the season.
Iowa concluded the meet with a second place finish in the 400 free relay. Arseth, Carty, Cubelic and Emily Hovren posted a time of 3:26.78 in the event.
The Hawkeyes return to action Nov. 18 when they host Purdue and Ohio State. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m.