Sougstad Leads Iowa at B1Gs

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Senior Emma Sougstad tallied her second top-four finish of the Big Ten Championships to lead the University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team Friday at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center.

38145Sougstad advanced to the “A” final of the 100-breast with a time of 59.36 during the morning prelims before swimming a season-best time and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 59.31 in the finals.  Sougstad also finished fourth in the 200 IM on Thursday.
Junior Shea Hoyt also finaled in the 100 breast, where she finished 20th overall with a personal-best time of 1:01.66. 
Junior Meghan Lavelle swam to a 12th-place finish in the 100-backstroke with a time of 53.00. She swam a season-best time of 53.74 in the prelims.
Junior Kelly McNamara finished 24th in the 100-fly with a time of 54.47 (after swimming a 54.28 this morning), and sophomore Morgan Rafferty dove to a 24th-place finish off the 3-meter springboard    
The Hawkeyes closed out Friday’s competition with a ninth-place showing in the 200-free relay. Sougstad, junior Mekenna Scheitlin, Lavelle, and junior Carly O’Brien posted a time of 1:31.79 — the sixth-fastest in program history.
Iowa is in 11th place through three days with 260 points; Michigan and Indiana lead the way with 805.5 and 791 points, respectively.
The Hawkeyes close out action at the meet Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).