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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team took down its second school record in as many days Thursday at the Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center.
The Hawkeyes broke the program’s previous 400-medley relay school record by one 100th of a second when the quartet of junior Meghan Lavelle, senior Emma Sougstad, junior Mekenna Scheitlin, and freshman Hannah Burvill touched in a time of 3:36.71. The relay finished in seventh place to tally 46 team points.
Sougstad shined individually, posting a fourth-place finish in the 200-IM. The Forest City, Iowa, native touched in an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:57.98. It was Sougstad’s highest career Big Ten finish in the event.
Freshman Thelma Strandberg paced the Iowa divers, placing 15th overall with a score of 261.55. Sophomore Jacintha Thomas finished second in the “C” final and placed 18th overall with 255.15 points.
Scheitlin also scored for the Hawkeyes by advancing to the “C” final in the 50 free, where she finished 22nd overall. After swimming a 22.94 prelim time, Scheitlin touched in 23.00 in the nightcap.
The Hawkeyes are ninth in the team standings with 172 points. Minnesota and Wisconsin are leading the team race with 393 and 378.5 points, respectively.
Action resumes Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).