Dec. 7, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team finished competition Saturday of the annual Hawkeye Invitational, remaining in fourth place after two days of intense racing.
The Hawkeyes (311.5 points) trail third-place Nebraska (317) by five-and-half points heading into the final day of competition. Iowa leads Denver (278), Washington State (278), and Milwaukee (171), while trailing Notre Dame (552) and Boise State (269.5).
“There was a lot of great efforts and great racing today,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We had a lot of good energy and are ahead of our times from last year where we went on to break so many school records at Big Tens.”
Kabacinski recorded the first `B’ cut for the women this season when she touched out in 1:01.65 during prelims of the 100-breast to qualify for the “A” final of the event. She went on to take eighth overall, finishing the final in 1:03.45.
Wartalowicz posted the second `B’ cut time in the event, touching out in 1:02.06 during morning prelims. She finished fourth with a time of 1:02.24, while freshman Emma Sougstad rounded out the scoring for the women, taking sixth in the final (1:02.88).
Kabacinski and senior Lindsay Seemann finished second and third, respectively, in the 200-freestyle. Kabacinski’s time of 1:48.77 is a season-best for the Hawkeyes, while Seemann finished third in 1:03.45.
The 200-medley relay team of junior Audrey Kumm, Sougstad, senior Haley Gordon, and senior Elise Borja took sixth in the finals, finishing in 1:42.15. In the 800-free relay, the quartet of Kabacinski, Seemann, freshman Serena Wanasek, and junior Becky Stoughton touched out in third in 7:20.52.
Redshirt junior Abby Grilli continued a strong invite with a fifth-place showing on the 3-meter springboard. Grilli finished the finals with a score of 312.00, while her prelim score of 319.05 is a new season-best.
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for prelims.