Nov. 13, 2013
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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team travels to Lincoln, Neb., on Friday for a pair of dual meets. The Hawkeyes will face off against Nebraska in a conference dual, while also competing against South Dakota State. The competitions are slated to begin at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Devaney Natatorium.
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HAWKEYES FALL TO GOPHERS IN CONFERENCE DUAL
The Hawkeyes dropped their last meet, falling to No. 12 Minnesota, 194-101. Freshman Emma Sougstad posted the lone Hawkeye victory on the evening, tallying the top time in the 100 breast in 1:03.44. She was also a member of the 400-free relay (3:32.48) that finished third and was fourth in the 100 fly (57.43). Senior Lindsay Seemann had a strong outing, posting a second-place finish as a member of the 200-medley relay, while finishing second in three individual events.
The Huskers enter the meet 0-1-1 on the season, after dropping their last meet against Arkansas (205-95), and tying Iowa State in their opening meet of the season, 150-150. Against the Razorbacks junior Natalie Morris and freshman diver Anna Filipcic posted the two lone victories for the team. Morris posted a time of 2:04.11 to take the top spot in the 200-fly, while Filipcic won the one-meter competition with a score of 293.35.
SCOUTING SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The Jackrabbits enter the meet 3-3 after knocking off in-state rival South Dakota, 154-89, their last time out. Andee Budahl picked up a pair of wins in the meet, taking the top times in the 400-free (4:35.47) and 800-free (9:33.71) events. Devonne Dalin contributed two first-place finishes as well, taking the top spot in the 50 (27.10) and 100-free (1:00.10).
DIVING TO THE POSTSEASON
Redshirt juniors Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy have posted NCAA Zone Diving standard scores in both the one and three-meter events this year. Christy has led the way for the Hawkeyes, posting a team-best score in both the one (303.20) and three-meter (312.08) events. Grilli posted a career-best score of 297.83 in the one-meter event against the Gophers this year, while qualifying for the three-meter event with a score of 288.10 against Northern Iowa and Michigan State.
KABACINSKI LEADING THE WAY
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski is off to a fast start in 2013, highlighted by her performance against Michigan State and Northern Iowa on Oct. 18. The La Porte, Ind., native posted four first-place finishes at the meet. Kabacinski placed first in the 200-medley relay (1:45.46), 50-free (24.04), 100-free (51.91), and 400-free relay (3:31.75).
Senior Lindsay Seemann has been a key contributor to the Hawkeyes in her second season with the program. Seemann has posted the top time in three individual events, and was a part of the top time in one relay event. Seemann captured two of her top times in the opening meet of the season against Michigan. Seemann posted first place finishes in both the 200-free (1:51.60) and 100-back (57.27) against the Wolverines to kick off the season.
HAWKEYES SET WORLD RECORD
The University of Iowa swimming and diving team swam to a World Record in the 200 short course meters mixed-medley relay at the Michigan Water Carnival. In the second-to-last event, the Hawkeyes swam to a World Record time when seniors Dustin Rhoads and Andrew Marciniak, junior Haley Gordon and sophomore Olivia Kabacinski finished with a time of 1:47.61. Iowa also bested a previous World Record time in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay when sophomore Jackson Allen, senior Gianni Sesto, freshman Emma Sougstad and sophomore Allie Orvis posted a time of 1:40.26. Michigan took down the old record, finishing in 1:36.78.
SOUGSTAD EARNS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Emma Sougstad was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct.1. Sougstad, competing in her first collegiate dual at Michigan on Sept. 27, won the 50-yard freestyle, touching out in 23.84. The Forest City, Iowa, native also tallied second place finishes in the 200-yard IM (2:05.87) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.51). In the freestyle relay, Sougstad swam the anchor leg for the Hawkeyes, finishing in 3:32.51. She rounded out the meet by placing third in the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.92), in which she swam the second leg.
The Hawkeyes enter the 2013-14 season after posting an 8-2 dual meet record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten meets. Iowa finished the season with a 10th place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
The women’s team features five newcomers to this year’s roster. Taylor Flummerfelt, Calli Head, Lydia Lehnert, Emma Sougstad, and Serena Wanasek all join the team. This group of five women features two athletes from Wisconsin, one from Iowa and one from Maryland.
OFF THE HIGH DIVE
The Iowa diving team returns a vetern lineup, led by senior Abby Grilli and redshirt junior Joelle Christy. Grilli, a team captain last year, posted a team high score of 354.10 on the three-meter boards, while Christy led the team on one-meter and platform diving with scores of 313.35 and 234.74, respectively. Grilli, Christy, along with teammate Lauren Kelba all qualified for NCAA Zone Diving last season before falling just short of making the finals.
KABACINSKI SPRINTING TO THE TOP
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski was the top sprinter for the Hawkeyes last season. Kabacinski led the team in the 50 free (22.88), 100 free (50.30), 200 free (1:48.32) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.30). She posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.
RECORD BREAKING YEAR
The Hawkeyes come into this season after breaking five school records throughout the course of last season. Individually, Olivia Kabacinski (50 free – 22.88), Lindsay Seemann (200 back – 1:56.49), Becky Stoughton (200 fly – 1:59.68), and Emily Hovren (200 IM – 2:00.42) all broke school recrods in their respective event. The team of Heather Arseth, Karolina Wartalowicz, Abby Tuchscherer, and Kabacinski set the record in the 200 medley relay (1:40.97).
Four Hawkeyes competed in the U.S. Open Championships this past summer in Irvine, Calif. Emily Hovren, Karolina Wartalowicz, Becky Stoughton, and Olivia Kabacinski all competed in the national event. For Hovren, it was her second national event of the summer, as she competed at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.
Lindsay Seemann returns to lead the Hawkeyes after earning team most valuable player honors as a junior. Seemann is the UI school record-holder in 200 backstroke (1:56.49) and as a member of the 800-free relay (7:14.99). She was the team’s high point scorer at the Big Ten Championships.
Two members from the 2012-13 women’s team were named Honorable Mention Scholar All-America. Heather Arseth and senior Karolina Wartalowicz were named All-America. Wartalowicz was also named an honorable mention in 2011-12. The team was acknowledged as an All-America team for the ninth consecutive year. In all, 24 women have been named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America list during coach Long’s tenure.
HEAD COACH MARC LONG
Marc Long is in his 10th season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his eighth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 75 school records have fallen and 112 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Brandon King is in his first season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program. King joins the Hawkeyes out of Naperville, Ill., where he served as a senior assistant coach alongside decorated head coach Dave Krotiak for the Fox Valley Swim Team from 2011-13. During his time with the program, King assisted the Illinois Senior Coach of the Year and coached multiple swimmers competing at the Junior Nationals, Grand Prix meets and Olympic Trials.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is home for the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
IOWA SWIMMING AND DIVING TRADITION
Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level and competed at the first NCAA Championship. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top 10 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten champions.
The Hawkeyes return to the pool Dec. 6-8 for their annual Hawkeye Invitational. Iowa will be hosting Boise State, Denver, Milwaukee, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Washington State. The competition will take place all day at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.