Feb. 5, 2014
2013-14 Iowa Swimming & Diving Media Guide
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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team returns home for its final meet before the 2014 Big Ten Championships, hosting Western Illinois in the annual Senior Meet on Feb. 6. The senior recognition will begin around 5:45 p.m. (CT), with competition slated for 6 p.m.
HAWKEYES DROP PAIR OF DUALS AT SHAMROCK INVITE
Iowa dropped a pair of duals at the Shamrock Invitational, falling to Notre Dame (263-106), and Northwestern (186-184). The meet between the Hawkeyes and Wildcats was tight, as it came down to the final event, with the Wildcats coming away victorious after the 400-freestyle relay. Junior posted the lone Hawkeye victory in the main pool, claiming the 200-free title, finishing in 1:51.09. Stoughton was also the runner-up in the 1,650-free, touching out in 16:42.09. In the diving well claimed another Hawkeye title when she dove to first in the 3-meter springborad competition. Christy scored 312.75 points for the win while fellow redshirt junior came in second with 311.40 points.
SCOUTING THE MEET
Western Illinois comes into the meet after dropping its last dual, 148-65, against Butler. Megan Popp recorded a first-place finish in the 1,000-free, touching out in 10:59.19. Haley Brasile took second in the 50-free, finishing in 26.78.
EIGHT & COUNTING
Iowa has posted an 8-5 dual record in 2013-14, the third-straight season for the program to win at least eight duals and the fifth time the Hawkeyes have reached the eight-win plateau in head coach Marc Long’s tenure. Iowa won 10 duals in 2011-12; a ninth win this season would mark the second-most victories for the team since 1984-85 (13-2).
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. leads the way with three `B’ cut times on the year (50-free, 100-free, 100-breast). Joining Kabacinski is (100-back and 200-back), (100-breast and 200-breast), and (200-breast).
HAWKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are currently ranked 40th in the collegeswimming.com poll, released Jan. 29, with 901.3 points. The rankings are based off of recent results, including Iowa’s recent competition at the Shamrock Invitational.
DIVING TO THE POSTSEASON
Redshirt juniors and 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 posted a Zone Diving standard on the platform, when she won the Hawkeye Invite with a score of 265.60.
GRILLI EARNS THIRD B1G DIVER OF WEEK HONOR
Redshirt junior earned the Big Ten Diver of the Week nod for a third time this season on Jan. 21 after diving to a pair of runner-up finishes in the quad against Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. The Burr Ridge, Ill., native’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 and Nebraska. 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. She placed first in the 3-meter (336.97) and second in the 1-meter (296.40) with her 3-meter score being a season-best for the Hawkeyes.
IOWA NAMED USA DIVING “CENTER OF EXCELLENCE”
UI diving coach Todd Waikel and the Hawkeye diving program have been selected as a USA Diving “Center of Excellence” for 2014. Iowa received the distinction based on its outstanding results and continual production of world-class athletes (Deidre Freeman).
SCHOOL RECORD FALLS
The Hawkeyes broke a school record at the Hawkeye Invitational when sophomore swam to the program’s top time in the 100-free. She touched out in 49.84 seconds to become the first Hawkeye to post a sub-50 time in the event.
KABACINSKI LEADING THE WAY
Sophomore 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 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. 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. She 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 and , junior and sophomore 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 , senior , freshman and sophomore 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 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.
SOUGSTAD EARNS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman 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 and redshirt junior . Grilli, a team captain last year, posted a team high score of 354.10 on the 3-meter springboard, while Christy led the team on 1-meter and platform diving with scores of 313.35 and 234.74, respectively. Grilli, Christy, along with teammate 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, (50 free – 22.88), (200 back – 1:56.49), (200 fly – 1:59.68), and (200 IM – 2:00.42) all broke school recrods in their respective event. The team of Heather Arseth, , 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.
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.