Oct. 15, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team posted three event wins Thursday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium to take a 44-9 lead over Michigan State.
“Tonight was great, we had a chance to see everyone swim,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It’s fun and a precursor for tomorrow, so we took care of ourselves tonight and got ready for a great day of racing tomorrow.”
Iowa opened the meet claiming first and second in the 200-freestyle relay. The quartet of freshmen Kelly McNamara and Katie Wells, junior Emma Sougstad, and senior Olivia Kabacinski won the race, touching in 1:34.41.
Kabacinski also helped Iowa to a victory in the 800-freestyle relay, swimming alongside fellow senior Jennifer Weigand, junior Serena Wanasek, and sophomore Nikol Lagodzinska. The relay finished with winning time of 7:36.16.
The Hawkeyes finished off the opening night of the dual by taking the top five places in the 100 IM. Sougstad swam to a victory with a time of 57.64. Sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz was the runner-up in 58.80, while Wells finished third in 59.21.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them compete tomorrow,” said Long. “We have been training a long time, and for some people, they haven’t raced short course since last year. They’re hungry to race.”
The dual resumes Friday at 4 p.m. (CT). Northern Iowa will also begin competition Friday.