Jan. 15, 2014
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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosts Illinois, Indiana and Missouri in a quad meet on Jan. 18. The meet will take place inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center beginning at 11 a.m. (CT).
Fans can follow the quad meet via live results by following this link (http://www.livestats.hawkeyesports.com). Fans may also follow along with live streaming at Hawkeye All-Access (http://www.hawkeyesports.com/allaccess/).
The first 200 fans in attendance will receive free Iowa swimming and diving t-shirts. There will also be a lucky duck competition, with the winner receiving a $50 Herky’s Locker Room gift card.
MAKE IT 4 STRAIGHT OVER IOWA STATE
Iowa dropped Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series for the fourth straight time, defeating the Cyclones, 165-135, on Dec. 13 inside the Beyer Hall Pool. The Hawkeyes, who have now won 8-of-10 against their in-state rivals, took home victories in 10-of-16 events. Three Hawkeyes — Becky Stoughton, Lindsay Seemann, and Abbey Tuchscherer — won two events each, while Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy each claimed diving titles.
SCOUTING THE QUAD
Illinois enters the quad with a 5-2-1 record on the season. Their last time out, the Illini tied Rutgers, 150-150, on Jan. 10 in Champaign. Illinois took the top two spots in the final event of the evening, the 400-free relay, to secure the tie. The team travels to Ames on Friday to compete against Iowa State prior to the quad.
Indiana enters the meet ranked 11th in the CSCAA poll, released Dec. 10. The Hoosiers, 3-3 on the season, are led by Lindsay Vrooman. Vrooman earned her second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award after earing a silver medal in the 1,650 freestyle at the At&T USA Swimming Winter Nationals. She also placed fourth in the 500 free. She earned three NCAA `B’ cut times and one automatic qualifying time.
Missouri, ranked 21st by the CSCAA, comes to town with a 3-4 mark on the season. Their last time out, the Tigers topped Virginia Tech, while falling to Tennessee. Loren Figueroa led the way in the diving well, sweeping both springboard events, while Danielle Barbiea claimed two victories in the pool as well. Barbiea finished first in both the 50-free and 100-fly.
NCAA `B’ CUTS
The Hawkeyes have posted eight NCAA `B’ cut times on the season, with seven of the eight times coming at the Hawkeye Invitational. Olivia Kabacinski leads the way with three `B’ cut times on the year (50-free, 100-free, 100-breast). Joining Kabacinski is Lindsay Seemann (100-back and 200-back), Karolina Wartalowicz (100-breast and 200-breast), and Colleen Champa (200-breast).
TWO SCHOOL RECORDS FALL
The Hawkeyes broke a pair of school records at the Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 6-8. Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski swam to the first record in the 100-free, touching out in 49.84 to become the first Hawkeye to post a sub-50 time in the event. Freshman diver Calli Head set a school record in the platform event with a score of 265.60.
DIVING TO THE POSTSEASON
Redshirt juniors Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards in both the 1 and 3-meter events this year. Christy has led the way for the Hawkeyes on the 1-meter event, posting a top score of 303.60. Grilli posted a season-best score of 336.97 on the 3-meter springboard at the Hawkeye Invitational. Freshman Calli Head posted a school record and Zone Diving standard on the platform, when she won the Hawkeye Invite with a score of 265.60.
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). On the season, Kabacinski has three NCAA `B’ cut times, as well as a school record in the 100-free (49.48). She is also pacing the team with four top times on the season.
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 two individual events, and was a part of the top time in two relay events. Most recently, Seemann finished in a season-best 1:59.03 in the 200-back at the Hawkeye Invitational — a time that qualifies for NCAA `B’ cut consideration. Seemann also claimed the top time in the 100-back (54.75) against Iowa State to secure her second `B’ cut time.
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.
SEEMANN EARNS SWIMMER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior Lindsay Seemann was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 17 for her performance against in-state rival Iowa State. Seemann swam to individual victories in the 100-back (54.75) and 200-back (1:57.82), while also swimming on the 400-free relay team which finished first in 3:24.11. Both individual times are season bests, and the 200-back time broke the Iowa State Beyer Hall Pool record.
GRILLI EARNS DIVER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Redshirt junior Abby Grilli has been named Big Ten Diver of the Week twice this season. Grilli’s first conference honor came Nov. 19 after claiming the 1-meter title and taking third in the 3-meter event in a dual against South Dakota State. Grilli backed up the performance with a second Big Ten Diver of the Week three weeks later on Dec. 17 for her performance against Iowa State. Grilli placed first in the 3-meter (336.97) and second in the 1-meter (296.40) events. Her 3-meter score is a new season-best for the Hawkeyes.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Iowa travels to Evanston, Ill., for a conference dual against Northwestern on Jan. 25. Competition is slated to begin at 11 a.m. (CT) inside the Norris Aquatics Center.