Hawkeyes Fall at No. 23 Purdue


Nov. 6, 2015

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WEST LAYFAYETTE, Ind. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team dropped a 179-117 Big Ten Conference dual to No. 23 Purdue on Friday night at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Hawkeyes won three events in the competition.


“Congratulations to Purdue for out-performing us in the pool and on the boards tonight.” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We had some great individual efforts and wins, but in the end it wasn’t enough as a team. We’re eager to get better and perform better the next opportunity we get.”

Iowa opened the meet by winning the 200-medley relay. The quartet of senior Allie Orvis, junior Emma Sougstad, freshman Kelly McNamara, and senior Olivia Kabacinski finished with a time of 1:42.52.

Sougstad also won a pair of individual events to go along with a runner-up finish. The Forest City, Iowa, native touched out in first place in the 100 IM (57.38) and 200 breast (2:16.43). She was the runner-up in the 100 breast in 1:02.23 — an NCAA “B” cut time.

Kabacinski tallied a trio of top three finishes in the dual. She finished second in the 50 free in 23.79 and third in the 100 (52.41) and 200 free (1:51.10).

The Hawkeyes had a pair of backstrokers finish in the top three in the 100 back. Sophomore Rowan Hauber was fourth in 57.34 seconds, while sophomore Meghan Lavelle swam to a third place finish with a time of 2:05.46.

McNamara swam to a runner-up showing in the 100 fly, touching in 54.89 seconds.

Freshman Abbey Schneider paced the Hawkeyes in the distance free. She touched in second place in the 500 free in 4:59.50.

Iowa closed out the night with a second-place finish in the 400-free relay, touching in at a time of 3:30.52. The relay featured the quartet of junior Taylor Flummerfelt, sophomore Nikol Lagodzinska, McNamara, and Lavelle.

Sophomore Morgan Rafferty led the Hawkeyes in the diving well, placing a fourth place finish in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 262.73.

She also took third in the 3-meter, posting a score of 289.20.

Iowa will return to the pool 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.