Feb. 20, 2016
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team closed out the 2016 Big Ten Championships with three school records Saturday at the Canham Natatorium.
Junior Emma Sougstad swam to the first record during the prelims of the 200 breast, touching in at 2:11.12 seconds, qualifying her for the “A” finals. The Forest City, Iowa, native one-upped herself in the finals, finishing with a time of 2:10.81 to place sixth in the event.
Junior Calli Head tied Lydia Lehnert’s school record in the diving well. She earned the bronze medal in the competition with a final score of 312.20.
Sophomore Meghan Lavelle swam to the second-fastest time in program history in the 200 back during prelims with a time of 1:57.24, qualifying her for the “B” finals. She finished in 12th place in her second swim with a time of 1:58.09.
Iowa closed out the night with the 400-free relay, where the quartet of Sougstad, senior Olivia Kabacinski, Lavelle, and sophomore Carly O’Brien swam to a 10th place finish with a time of 3:21.08.
The Hawkeyes finished the championship with 369.5 points to finish in 11th place. The 369.5 points are the most team points since 1986 (509.5). Iowa broke eight school records during the weekend.
Michigan claimed the team title with 1361 points, followed by Indiana with 1207.5 points.
The Hawkeye divers will be in action at the 2016 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships from March 7-9 in College Station, Texas.