Jan. 27, 2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team kicked off the first session of the Shamrock Invitational at the Rolfs Aquatics Center. Friday marked the first of three sessions in the championship-format meet, which will be scored as a dual meet between the three teams. After one session of competition, the Hawkeyes trail Ohio State (62-45) and Notre Dame (66-44).
The squad of Danielle Carty, Heather Arseth, Hannah Maher and Daniela Cubelic kicked off the first session of the Shamrock Invitational with a third place finish in the 200-free relay. The team posted a time of 1:34.39, finishing behind Ohio State (1:32.89) and Notre Dame (1:34.37).
Freshman Becky Stoughton won the 500 free in time of 4:47.28 and set a new pool record. The previous record was held by Michigan’s swimmer, Bruenmann, which was set in 2008 with a time of 4:47.67.
Iowa’s team leader in the 200 IM, Haley Gordon posted a third place finish in the event in a time of 2:05.41. Audrey Kumm (2:08.21) and Karolina Wartalowicz (2:08.53) placed seventh and eighth in the event.
Hawkeye diver Veronica Rydze earned a second place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 327.90. Lauren Kelba landed a fourth place finish (267.67), while Abby Grilli placed fifth (257.18) and Joelle Christy finished in eighth (234.45).
The Hawkeyes concluded the first session of the Shamrock Invitational with the 400-medley relay. The quartet of Carty, Wartalowicz, Abbey Tuchscherer and Stoughton earned a fifth place finish with a time of 3:47.64. Iowa’s `B’ relay placed sixth (3:51.55).
Iowa returns tomorrow for the final two sessions of the invitational. The morning session begins at 9 a.m. (CT) with the evening session beginning at 4 p.m. (CT).
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