Jan. 28, 2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team concluded the final two sessions of the Shamrock Invitational Saturday at the Rolfs Aquatics Center. After three sessions of competition, the Hawkeyes fell to host Notre Dame (201-169) and 14th-ranked Ohio State (217-146).
The Hawkeyes started the second session of the invitational with a fourth place finish in the 200-medley relay. The squad of Danielle Carty, Karolina Wartalowicz, Haley Gordon and Emily Hovren posted a time of 1:44.43. Iowa’s `B’ relay came in fifth with a time of 1:46.57.
Hovren and Daniela Cubelic recorded sixth and seventh place finishes in the 200 free with times of 1:52.81 and 1:53.38, respectively.
Carty earned an individual first place finish in the 100 back. She touched the wall first at 55.82. Heather Arseth finished sixth in the event with a time of 57.73, while Cubelic placed eighth (58.15).
The Hawkeyes concluded the morning session with the 800-free relay. The quartet of Stoughton, Hovren, Arseth and Cubelic swam a time of 7:31.92 for second place. Iowa’s `B’ relay finished sixth in a time of 7:41.36.
Stoughton kicked off the final session of the Shamrock Invitational with her third individual victory of the invitational. The victory came in the 1,650 free. Stoughton earned a collegiate best time of 16:27.77, which also marks an NCAA `B’ qualifying cut. The Peoria, Ill., native collected one more individual win with a victory in the 200 back. She posted a NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 1:58.38.
In the last individual event of the night, Tuchscherer posted a fourth place finish in the 200 fly in a time of 2:03.81. Gordon touched the wall seventh in the event at 2:06.95.
The Hawkeyes wrapped up competition at the Shamrock Invitational with a fourth place finish in the 400-free relay. Carty, Gigi Groya, Hannah Maher and Dani Klunk teamed up and swam the relay in a time of 3:29.00.
The Hawkeye divers competed on the one-meter springboard during the morning session. Veronica Rydze claimed first place in the event with a score of 284.93. Iowa’s next highest placing diver was Abby Grilli, who finished third (276.75). Lauren Kelba finished fifth (250.35), while Joelle Christy placed seventh (237.44).
Iowa returns to action on Feb. 2 when it travels to Northern Iowa. The event is set to start at 6 p.m. The following day the Hawkeyes will host Western Illinois at Iowa’s senior meet. The competition is set to start at 6 p.m.