Jan. 25, 2014
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EVANSTON, Ill. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team knocked off Northwestern in a Big Ten dual Saturday afternoon, 155-145, in the Norris Aquatics Center. The Hawkeyes, who have won six out of their last seven dual meets dating back to Nov. 15, won nine events on the afternoon.
Iowa started out strong by winning the first event of the meet, the 200-medley relay. The senior quartet of Lindsay Seemann, Karolina Wartalowicz, Abby Tuchscherer, and Elise Borja touched out in 1:45.50 to take the top spot, while sophomore Maddie Bro, freshman Emma Sougstad, senior Haley Gordon, and sophomore Maggie Hofstadter finished second in 1:45.96.
Junior Becky Stoughton led the way in the distance events, claiming both the 500 and 1,000-free. Stoughton touched out in 9:58.20 to win the 1,000-free, while finishing in 4:53.52, a new season-best, to win the 500-free.
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski posted a pair of sprint freestyle events for the Hawkeyes, winning both the 50 and 100-free in 23.92 and 51.70, respectively.
Gordon and Tuchscherer finished 1-2 in the 100-fly to give the Hawkeyes a small lead in a dual that was back-and-fourth for much of the afternoon. Gordon touched in 56.28 to win the event, with Tuchscherer finishing in 56.80 to take second.
In the 100-breast, the Iowa took the 2-3-4 spots, as the trio of Sougstad (1:04.62), Wartalowicz (1:05.24), and sophomore Colleen Champa (1:06.27) all scored points for the Hawkeyes.
In the diving well, redshirt junior Abby Grilli, the reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week, claimed two titles as she won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions. Grilli claimed the 1-meter with a score of 282.82, while winning the 3-meter with a final score of 325.80.
Iowa wrapped up the competition with the 400-freestyle relay. In what ended to be the deciding race in the meet, the team of Kabacinski, Tuchscherer, Stoughton, and Seemann touched out in 3:27.03 to take first place, and secure the Hawkeye victory.
The Hawkeyes travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The invitational will take place from Jan. 31-Feb. 1 inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center.