Feb. 17, 2015
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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team is set to compete at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, from Feb. 18-21, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Fans can follow this week’s live stats at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/m-swim/, live video at: http://www.btn2go.com/schedule?date=2015-02-23&sids=WSD, and on the “Meet Mobile” swim meet application on cell phones and tablets. Download the application at this link: http://www.active.com/mobile/meet-mobile-app.
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday Mar. 1, at the Big Ten Long Course Invitational at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Iowa City.
Scouting the Field
The Hawkeyes join a competitive Big Ten field that includes six teams in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) top-25 rankings. Released on Feb. 16, Minnesota led the conference in the No. 14 spot, while Indiana followed at No. 15, Michigan at No. 17, Purdue at No. 21, Ohio State at No. 22 and Wisconsin at No. 24.
Iowa posted a pair of wins on Feb. 6, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won all 13 events solidifying dual wins over Northern Iowa (177-46) and Western Illinois (184-36).
In the National Rankings
Becky Stoughton ranks 23rd nationally in the 1,000 free (9:49.51), and 31st in the 1,650 free (16:21.97). Emma Sougstad holds the 16th-fastest time in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.14, and 27th nationally in the 200 breast (2:11.71).
Swimming to the Postseason
Eight Hawkeyes have swam to a combined 18 NCAA `B’ cut times in the 2014-15 season. Becky Stoughton: 500 (4:47.40) and 1,650 free (16:21.97), 200 fly (1:59.42), and 400 IM (4:18.32)
Emma Sougstad in the 100 (1:00.14) and 200 breast (2:11.71) and 200 IM (2:00.94)
Olivia Kabacinski: 50 (22.80), 100 (49.61), and 200 (1:46.68) freestyle
Colleen Champa in the 100 (1:02.48) and 200 (2:12.71) breaststroke
Meghan Lavelle: 100 (54.48) and 200 backstroke (1:58.27)
Rowan Hauber in the 100 (54.94) and 200 backstroke (1:59.68)
Allie Orvis: 100 backstroke (54.91)
Tereysa Lehnertz: 100 fly (55.31)
Diving to the Postseason
Five divers have posted a combined 11 Zone Diving scores this season.
Joelle Christy has two on the 1-meter (316.50) and 3-meter (317.48)
Lauren Kelba on the 1-meter (299.85), 3-meter (332.17), and platform (230.20)
Lydia Lehnert on the 1-meter (270.50), 3-meter (312.00), and platform (270.05)
Calli Head on the platform (231.40)
Abby Grilli on the 1-meter (292.55) and 3-meter (305.85).
Grilli Back for Senior Year
Two weeks of training separated redshirt senior Abby Grilli’s transition from student-teaching to competing in a Big Ten matchup against Illinois on Jan. 17. Grilli posted a Zone D Diving Standard on the 1-meter and placed third with a score of 289.50. Grilli added a zone diving standard off of the 3-meter at the Shamrock Invite diving to a score of 305.85.
Stoughton Leading the Way
Senior Becky Stoughton is off to a fast start in 2014 pacing the Hawkeyes in six events. The Peoria, Illinois, native owns top times in the 500 free (4:47.40), 1,000 free (9:49.51), 1,650 free (16:21.97), 200 fly (1:59.42), 400 IM (4:18.32) and as a member of the 800 free relay (7:17.78).
Kabacinski Sprinting to the Top
Junior Olivia Kabacinski remains a top sprinter for the Hawkeyes this season. Kabacinski leads the team in the 50 free (22.80), 100 free (49.61), 200 free (1:46.68), as a member of the 200 (1:31.30) , 400 (3:22.04), and 800 (7:17.78) free relays, as well as the 200 (1:40.60) and 400 (3:41.66) medley relays.
Sougstad World Ranked
UI sophomore Emma Sougstad has earned a spot among the top 50-ranked swimmers in the world following competition at the 2014 Summer Nationals in Irvine, California. Sougstad placed 19th in 50-meter breaststroke competition at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Newcomers Stepping Up
Four freshmen have made an immediate impact in 2014-15. Meghan Lavelle has posted Iowa’s top times in the 100 back (54.48) and 200 back (1:58.27). Tereysa Lehnertz leads all 100-fly times (55.31). Four newcomers also rank second on the team’s top times list. Carly O’Brien is second in the 100 free (51.06), Rowan Hauber in the 200 back (1:59.68), and Lehnertz in the 200 fly (2:01.34). All five relay events include at least one newcomer as a member of the quartet.
Record Breaking Year
The Hawkeyes broke eight school records during the 2013-14 season. Individually, Olivia Kabacinski (50 free – 22.70, 100 free – 49.84), Emma Sougstad (100 breaststroke – 1:00.90), and Haley Gordon (400 fly – 54.58) all broke school recrods in their respective event. The team of Lindsay Seemann, Sougstad, Abbey Tuchscherer, and Elise Bora set the record in the 200 medley relay (1:40.12). The team of Seemann, Sougstad, Gordon, and Olivia Kabacinski swam to a record in the 400 medley relay (3:39.54). Kabacinski, Borja, Emily Hovren, and Seeman set the record in the 400 free (3:21.07). The team of Kabacinski, Hovren, Becky Stoughton, and Seemann set the record in the 800 free (7:12.49).
Six Hawkeyes competed in the Phillips 66 National Championships this past summer in Irvine, Calif. Senior Grant Betulius, juniors Mike Nelson, Brian Donatelli and Colleen Champa, and sophomores Kyle Patnode and Emma Sougstad each took part in competition. Sougstad earned a 16th place finish in the 100 breaststroke in the final day of competition.
Head Coach Marc Long
Marc Long is in his 11th season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his 10th as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 86 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.
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