Jan. 16, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team won 11 events to post a Big Ten Conference dual victory over Illinois,174.5-125.5, Saturday afternoon at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
“We got the win and that’s what is important even though I felt like we were a little sluggish in areas, which is certainly why we have our schedule the way it is coming up.” said UI head coach Marc Long, “We have a lot of competitions, hitting the road again next weekend. That will help up sharpen up with the Big Ten Championships approaching quickly.”
The Hawkeyes started the day with a win in the 200-medley relay with the quartet of senior Allie Orvis, junior Emma Sougstad, freshman Kelly McNamara, and senior Olivia Kabacinski, swimming to a finishing time of 1:44.65.
Kabacinski also posted another first place finish in the 100 free, sprinting to a final time of 51.55, also taking third in the 200-free with a time of 1:53.12. Sophomore Carly O’Brien came in third in the 100-free, touching in at 52.15.
Sougstad swam to two individual first place finishes, sprinting her way to a victory in the 50 free with a time of 23.89. She also won the 200 breast, pushing to a time of 2:18.95. She ended today with a close second in the 200 IM, touching in at 2:04.71. Junior Taylor Flummerfelt, sprinted to a third place time of 24.11 in the 50 free.
Sophomore Shea Hoyt swam to a first place finish in the 100 breast, touching the wall at 1:04.87.
Sophomore Meghan Lavelle dominated the backstroke competition, winning the 100 and 200 back events. She finished with a time of 57.35 in the 100 and 2:04.39 in the 200.
The Hawkeyes also took second and third in the 100 back with fellow sophomore Rowan Hauber finishing as the runner-up, while Orvis was third in 57.90 seconds.
Sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz flew to a win in the 200 fly, swimming to a finishing time of 2:03.31. McNamara came in second in the 100 fly, sprinting to a time of 56.45. Lehnertz finished third with a time of 56.64.
Freshman Abbey Schneider led in distance swimming for Iowa, touching first in 10:20.14 in the 1,000 free. She was runner-up in the 500 free, finishing with a time of 5:04.09.
The Hawkeyes closed out the day in the pool with a second place finish in the 400-free relay. The crew of Flummerfelt, Lavelle, O’Brien, and Kabacinski touched in at 3:30.19.
In the diving well, sophomore Morgan Rafferty posted another first place finish off the 1-meter springboard, posting a score of 267.75. Junior Lydia Lehnert was victorious in the 3-meter, finishing with a season-best score of 311.70.
The Hawkeyes return to action Jan. 23, traveling to Evanston, Illinois, for dual at Northwestern at 11 a.m. (CT).