Iowa Drops B1G Dual to No. 17 Minnesota

Oct. 30, 2015

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team dropped a 192-105 Big Ten Conference dual to No. 17 Minnesota on Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.


    “I am proud of them, we had a lot of strong performances,” said head UI head coach Marc Long. “Kelly McNamara in the 100-fly, and Olivia Kabacinski is right there behind her. We were facing a five-time defending Big Ten champion and that is what we aspire to be.”

    Iowa opened the meet by winning the 400-medley relay. The quartet of McNamara, sophomore Rowan Hauber, junior Emma Sougstad, and Kabacinski finished with a time of 3:44.31.

    McNamara gave Iowa another strong showing in the 100-fly, touching in 54.88 — .02 behind the first place finisher. The time is the fifth-fastest time in program history.

    Freshman Abbey Schneider charged to a third-place finish in the mile, posting a time of 17:02.24 — the ninth-fastest in the record books. Schneider also placed third in the 500 free in 5:00.27.

    Hauber swam to runner-up finishes in both the 100 and 200 back. She posted a time of 56.31 in the 100 back and 2:04.27 in the 200 back.

    Junior Emma Sougstad swam to second in three events. She was the runner-up finisher in the 100 and 200-breast in 1:02.56 and 2:18.28, respectively. Sougstad also placed second in the 200 IM in 2:06.69.

    Sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz also posted a runner-up finish in the 200 fly. She touched the wall in 2:03.60.

    In addition to anchoring both relays, Kabacinski swam to a third-place finish in the 200-free, touching in 1:51.23.

    Iowa closed out the night with a second place finish in the 400-free relay, touching in at a time of 3:26.84. The relay featured the quartet of McNamara, sophomore Nikol Lagodzinska, junior Taylor Flummerfelt, and Kabacinski.

    In the diving well, sophomore Morgan Rafferty claimed a pair of third-place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events. She finished with a score of 276.30 on the 1-meter and 286.58 on the 3-meter. With this finish Rafferty achieved her zone cuts.

    Junior Lydia Lehnert finished fourth on both boards with scores of 261.90 and 287.75, respectively.

    “I was pleased; we have been injured and tattered, and we stepped up tonight.” said diving coach Todd Waikel. “Morgan getting third on both boards was huge. We had two girls, Lydia and Morgan, make their NCAA Zone cut. That was a first for Morgan in her career.”

    The Hawkeyes are back in the water Nov. 6, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a Big Ten dual at Purdue.

    “I am proud of a lot of the performances; we had some great freshmen step up,” said Long. “The goal is to get better, and we will do that with practice, beginning tomorrow morning.”

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