Nov. 3, 2015
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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team travels to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a Big Ten Conference dual at No. 23 Purdue on Friday. The competition will be held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center beginning at 4 p.m. (CT).
Up-to-date results will be available on http://www.purduesports.com/livestats/c-swim/. Fans can also follow the meet via Twitter by following @IowaSwimDive.
FLYING INTO THE LEAD
Iowa freshman Kelly McNamara swam her way into Iowa’s all-time top 10 list in the 100 fly during Iowa’s dual meet against Minnesota on Oct. 30. The Illinois native finished with a time of 54.88 — the fifth-fastest time in program history.
FREAKY FAST FRESHMAN
Freshman Abbey Schneider is off to a strong start in her first season as a Hawkeye. The Indiana native charged to a top 10 time in program history in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing with a time of 17:02.24. The time ranks ninth in Iowa history. Schneider has posted two wins this season and leads the team in the 500 (5:00.27), 1,000 (10:17.48), and 1,650 free. The 1,650 time ranks 10th fastest in the NCAA to date.
OFF TO A FAST START
Senior Olivia Kabacinski has sprinted her way to the team’s top times in the 100 (50.98) and 200 free (1:51.69) this season. Kabacinski had a field day in the Oct. 16 dual against Michigan State and Northern Iowa, swimming to seven first place finishes — five relays and two individual events.
SOUGSTAD LEADING THE WAY
Junior Emma Sougstad is leading the Hawkeyes in four individual events early in the 2015-16 season. She paces the team in the 50 free (23.34), 100 breast (1:02.56), 200 breast (2:18.28), and 200 IM (2:06.66). Sougstad’s 100 breast time ranks 26th nationally to date.
DIVING INTO ZONE CUTS
Sophomore Morgan Rafferty had a career-best performance in Iowa’s dual meet against Minnesota on Oct. 30. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native posted NCAA Zone qualifying scores on both the 1-meter and 3-meter with career-best point totals of 276.30 (1-meter) and 286.58 (3-meter). The Hawkeyes also got a zone qualifying standard from Lydia Lehnert off the 3-meter (285.75).
RETURNING NCAA QUALIFIER
Junior Emma Sougstad returns as the leader of the program after qualifying for the NCAA Championships in three events as a sophomore. The Forest City, Iowa, native holds school records in the 100 breast (59.96), 200 breast (2:11.20), 200 IM (1:58.74), 200-free relay (1:30.96), 200-medley relay (1:39.18), and 400-medley relay (3:38.68).
TOP SPRINTER RETURNS
The Hawkeyes have their top sprinter returning to the fold in 2015-16 in senior Olivia Kabacinski. The Indiana native is the school record holder in six events — 50 free (22.70), 100 free (49.61), and 200-free relay (1:30.96), 400-free relay (3:21.07), 800-free relay (7:12.49), and 200-medley relay (1:39.18).
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is home for the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
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.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will return to the pool from Dec. 4-6, hosting the Hawkeye Invitational at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. It is the team’s first championship-style meet of the season.