Jan. 18, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team notched a pair of victories Saturday afternoon inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, downing Missouri (164-135) and Illinois (198-101), while falling to No. 11 Indiana (170-126).
“There was a really high quality group of athletes here today with Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. I’m really proud of how the men and women stepped up,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “The women getting two wins over quality opponents is exciting as we prepare for the championship season.”
Junior Becky Stoughton paced the Hawkeyes tallying four top-three finishes. She was the runner-up in the 500-free, 1,000-free and 200-fly. Her 1,000-free time of 9:57.59 is season best, while she touched in 4:58.38 in the 500-free and 2:04.68 in the 200-fly. Stoughton was also a member of the third-place 400-free relay along with seniors Lindsay Seemann, Elise Borja and Emily Hovren.
Iowa posted a third and fourth place finish in the 200-free when sophomore Olivia Kabacinski touched out in 1:52.13 with Hovren right behind in fourth (1:52.58). Hovren also tallied a second-place swim in the 200 IM (2:05.07).
The Hawkeyes also received a strong outing from senior Haley Gordon. Gordon placed second in the 100-fly (56.29), third in the 200-fly (2:04.97), and third as part of the 200-medley relay (1:54.53) along with Seemann, freshman Emma Sougstad, and Borja.
In the diving well, redshirt junior Abby Grilli led the way, posting a pair of runner-up showings in the 1 and 3-meter springboard competitions. Grilli finished with 286.70 points in the 1-meter competition and 303.65 points on the 3-meter.
“We have a series of intense competitions coming up. It is a real exciting time of year,” said Long.
Iowa returns to action Saturday when it travels to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern in a Big Ten dual. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT) inside the Norris Aquatics Center.