Feb. 19, 2016
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Four University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving school records went down Friday at the Canham Natatorium on the third day of the 2016 Big Ten Championships.
Junior Emma Sougstad swam to the first record during the prelims of the 100 breast, finishing in 59.50 seconds — a time that qualified her for the “A” finals. The Forest City, Iowa, native one-upped herself in the night cap, finishing with a time of 59.22 to place fourth in the event.
Iowa junior Emma Sougstad swam to a program record during the prelims of the 200-IM. She finished in third to qualify for the “a” finals with a time of 1:57.62.
Two more Iowa records went down during the first event of the night’s finals. Sophomore Meghan Lavelle tied Daniela Cubelic’s school record in the 100 back, leading off the relay with a split of 53.63 seconds. The quartet of Lavelle, Sougstad, freshman Kelly McNamara, and senior Olivia Kabacinski touched in a record time of 3:36.72, placing seventh overall.
McNamara also swam to a 13th place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 54.23 seconds. Lavelle won the “B” final in the 100 back, placing ninth overall, touching in 53.83 seconds. Senior Allie Orvis was 18th in the event in 54.68 seconds.
Sougstad also was also recognized as Iowa’s recipient for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Iowa is in 11th place in the team race with 248.5 points. Michigan is leading the field with 891 points, followed by Indiana with 845.5 points.
The final day of the Big Ten Championships begins Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT).