Sept. 26, 2015
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CHICAGO — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2015-16 season with a 146-72 road victory over Illinois Chicago on Saturday afternoon at the Flames Natatorium.
“We had a tremendous team-building and development weekend in Chicago,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It was great to race and perform in a variety of different events and formats.
“There were a number of highlights in the meet, but we need to see more urgency to reach our potential. It’s a dedicated group of athletes, and we are eager to get better with them this week in practice.”
Freshman Katie Wells had a dynamic opening dual, claiming three first-place finishes in the 100 back (58.70), 100 breast (1:05.05) and as a member of the 200-medley relay (1:45.23).
Sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz tallied a first-place finish in the 50-free (24.31), while posting two second place finishes in the 100 back (59.02) and as a member of the 200-free relay (1:38.05).
The Hawkeyes’ final victory came in the diving well, where senior Samantha Wagner and sophomore Morgan Rafferty teamed up to win the 1-meter. The duo finished with a 226.35 point total. Juniors Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert had two runner-up showings on the 1-meter (201.67) and 3-meter (222.90).
“The divers did a nice job considering how early it is,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “They showed a lot of strengths and gave me a good measurement of where we are and what we need to focus on for the next couple of weeks.”
Iowa returns to action Oct. 9, hosting the annual intrasquad meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.