Dec. 7, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team clinched the three-day Hawkeye invitational Sunday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The Hawkeyes registered 1,015.5 points — outperforming second-place Denver (793), Washington State (628.5), UW-Wisconsin (390), Notre Dame (155), Nebraska (71), and Iowa State (40).
“I’m thrilled with how we raced this weekend,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We had a lot of good races and some top performances. I’m happy to see the progress we’re making with a few new records and some NCAA `B’ cuts, but we still have some of our best racing ahead of us.”
For the second-straight night, Olivia Kabacinski rewrote the UI record books — this time with a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle. Kabacinski recorded an NCAA `B’ cut in the finals session, touching in with a record-setting time of 49.61.
Sophomore Emma Sougstad and junior Colleen Champa had a strong one-two showing in the 200 breaststroke after recording a pair of NCAA `B’ cuts. Sougstad took first with a time of 2:12.40 — the second-fastest time recorded in UI history and Champa was close behind with a runner-up finish touching in at 2:12.71 — the third-fastest time in UI history.
Senior Becky Stoughton rounded out the NCAA `B’ cut times for the Hawkeyes on Sunday after racing to a first-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle. The Peoria, Illinois, native touched in at the 16:21.97 mark, nearly 13 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
In the diving well, Iowa was represented by three divers in the finals and led the field with a combined 43 points. Sophomore Lydia Lehnert paced the Hawkeye diving with a third-place finish and a score of 257.90. Sophomore Calli Head finished fifth (231.40), and Kelba sixth (225).
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, Dec. 12, hosting Iowa State in Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium at 6 p.m.