Dec. 6, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team swam to two school records and four NCAA `B’ cut times in day-two competition of the Hawkeye Invite on Saturday in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
“We did well today and we’re expecting to have an even better day tomorrow,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We’re getting excited for the men and the women as the season continues and we’re looking forward to competing at the NCAAs. We’ve got one more day to compete and we’re expecting to see our best performances of the weekend tomorrow.”
In the 100 breaststroke prelims, UI sophomore Emma Sougstad touched in with an NCAA `B’ cut and school record-setting time of 1:00.41. Later in the finals, the Forest City, Iowa, native took first place with a time of 1:00.42.
Sougstad also picked up a second-place finish as a member of the 200 medley relay quartet. The foursome of Sougstad, Summer Campbell, Meghan Lavelle, and Olivia Kabacinski swam to a time of 1:40.99 — the seventh-fastest 200 medley relay in UI history.
The records continued to fall as junior Olivia Kabacinski entered the pool in the 200 free. The La Porte, Indiana, native touched in with a time of 1:46.68 — an NCAA `B’ cut and the second school record for the Hawkeyes.
Becky Stoughton added to the list of `B’ cut times posted tonight with a strong showing in the 400 individual medley. The senior native of Peoria, Illinois, swam to a second-place finish and an NCAA `B’ cut time of 4:18.32.
Freshman Rowan Hauber captured the Hawkeyes final NCAA `B’ cut in Saturday’s finals session in the 100 backstroke. Hauber finished third in the event after posting a time of 54.94 — the sixth-fastest 100 backstroke in UI history.
In the diving well, Joelle Christy and Lydia Lehnert made the A final and scored 26 combined points for the Hawkeyes. Christy placed fifth, diving to a score of 299.60 and Lehnert finished seventh, with a score of 280.90.
“We dove well in the prelims, and finished a little shy of those scores in the finals,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “We’d like to see those numbers increase. All in all we did pretty well and I was happy with our girls.”
Sunday’s competition in the diving well will be off the platform, an opportunity Waikel wants the Hawkeyes to take advantage of.
“We don’t have a lot of opportunities to compete on the platform,” said Waikel. “In head-to-head meets we usually just dive off the 1 and 3-meter, so tomorrow is a great opportunity for our platform divers to perform well.”
Iowa currently sits in first place with 667.5 points, leading second-place Denver (425.5), Washington State (425.5), UW-Milwaukee (256), Notre Dame (127), Nebraska (36), and Iowa State (28).
The Hawkeyes conclude the three-day competition Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).