2 Hawkeyes Earn B1G Honors

Dec. 17, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Lindsay Seemann and redshirt junior Abby Grilli were named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and Diver of the Week, respectively, the league office announced Tuesday. Seemann received the accolade after three first-place finishes against in-state rival Iowa State, while Grilli dove to a first and second-place finish against the Cyclones.

Seemann competed in three events in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup, swimming to three victories. She touched out in 54.75 to claim the 100-back title, while finishing in 1:57.82 to win the 200-back. Both times are season bests, as well as NCAA `B’ cut times for the Newmarket, Ontario, native. The 200-back time also broke the previous pool record at Iowa State’s Beyer Hall Pool. Seemann also anchored the 400-free relay team that finished first in 3:24.14, a season-best time for the Hawkeyes.

Grilli dove to a first and second-place finish against the Cyclones, claiming the 3-meter springboard title, while finishing runner-up in the 1-meter event to teammate Joelle Christy. Grilli won the 3-meter with a score of 336.97, a new season-best for the Burr Ridge, Ill., native, while finishing second in the 1-meter (296.40). Both scores are NCAA Zone Diving standards.

The Swimmer of the Week accolade is the first of Seemann’s career. She is the first Hawkeye to earn the Swimmer of the Week honor since Becky Stoughton on Dec. 11. The Diver of the Week honor is the second of Grilli’s career. Grilli last earned the accolade on Nov. 19, 2013. On the season, the Hawkeyes have collected four conference honors.

The Hawkeyes return to the pool Jan. 18 to host Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri in a quad meet. The competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.