Jan. 19, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team won 13-of-16 events to cruise to a 196-102 victory over Big Ten foe Illinois on Saturday at ARC Pool. The victory improves the Hawkeyes’ record to 6-1 this season.
“I am proud of the team,” said UI associate head coach Frannie Malone. “We came in confidently and got a convincing win over a good Illinois team. It’s nice to come off the break and get a victory. We raced well and took care of business.”
Iowa dominated the action against the Fighting Illini, swimming to 1-2-3 finishes in four events. The first such showing came in the 200 free where sophomore Becky Stoughton and juniors Lindsay Seemann and Emily Hovren occupied the top three spots. Stoughton finished in 1:50.55, Seemann in 1:51.79 and Hovren in 1:52.84.
Stoughton posted her second event victory in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:55.69.
Freshman Olivia Kabacinski had her hand in four top-two finishes. The Indiana native won the 50 free (23.91) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (1:46.31) along with juniors Abbey Tuchscherer, Heather Arseth and Hovren. Kabacinski also was the runner-up in the 100 free in 52.38 seconds, and the same quartet closed out the dual with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:30.75.
Junior Elise Borja and freshman Allie Orvis finished second and third in the 50-free, sprinting to the wall in 24.50 and 24.69 seconds to give the Hawkeyes their second 1-2-3 finish. Arseth won the 100 free in 51.76, finishing ahead of Kabacinski and Hovren (52.43), who were second and third.
Iowa’s top performance came in the 1-meter springboard where the diving trio of sophomore Joelle Christy and juniors Lauren Kelba and Abby Grilli finished 1-2-3 with all three posting personal-best scores. Christy won the event with 313.35 points — her second consecutive career-best showing — while Kelba and Grilli finished with scores of 295.95 and 289.35, respectively.
Christy also was victorious in the 3-meter springboard with a 322.20 score, while Kelba finished third with 270.30 points.
Junior Karolina Wartalowicz won two events, claiming the 100 breast in 1:05.33 and the 200 breast in 2:20.13, junior Haley Gordon won the 100 fly (56.92), Orvis won the 200 IM (2:07.03), and Seemann won the 200 back in 2:03.32.
Iowa had three of the top four finishers in the 1,000 freestyle. Sophomore Hillary Weigand won the event with a time of 10:27.78, while senior Lauren Eytalis (10:30.88) and sophomore Taylor Newgaard (10:35.00) were second and fourth, respectively.
The Hawkeyes return to action Jan. 26, hosting Northwestern at 11 a.m. (CT) inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.