Nov. 2, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team dropped a Big Ten dual at 12th-ranked Minnesota, 192-103, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Hawkeyes won a pair of events in the dual.
“Even with the loss, we had some outstanding performances tonight” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We are looking forward to working hard and continuing to prepare for our championship season.”
Minnesota opened the dual with a victory in the 200-medley relay with a winning time of 1:41.49. Freshmen Maddie Bro, Olivia Kabacinski and Maggie Hofstadter and sophomore Heather Arseth finished as the runner-up in 1:43.75.
Sophomore Becky Stoughton posted the Hawkeyes’ first win, touching the wall in 9:57.58 in the 1,000 free. The performance was a season-best time. Stoughton also finished as the runner-up in the 200 IM and 500 free. She finished with a time of 2:06.98 in the 200 IM, and had a NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 4:47.77 in the 500 free.
Kabacinski swam a time of 1:49.23 to finish third in the 200 free. The time marks a season-best and ranks fourth overall in the school history. Later on in the competition, Kabacinski won the 50 free with a time of (23.12), an NCAA `B’ qualifying time. Her time is the second fastest in Iowa history and qualifies as a season-best time.
Junior Karolina Wartalowicz posted two season-best times, placing third in the 100 breast (1:05.03) and finishing as the runner-up in the 200 breast (2:20.89). Arseth also posted a season best for the Hawkeyes in the 100 back, touching the wall in 57.53 to finish in second place.
Junior Abbey Tuchscherer posted a season-best time in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. She touched the wall in 56.61 to finish second in the 100 and swam a time of 2:05.27 to place third in the 200.
The Gophers took victories on the boards, winning 1-meter with marks of 290.33 and placing first in the 3-meter (290.78). Junior Lauren Kelba took second in the 1-meter with a mark of 260.85.
Kabacinski, Arseth, junior Emily Hovren, and freshman Allison Orvis closed out the dual with a runner-up showing in the 400 free relay. The quarter swam a time of 3:27.16.
Iowa returns home Nov. 30 to host the Hawkeye Invitational. The competition will be prelims/finals format, with prelims starting at 10 a.m., and finals beginning at 6 p.m.