AMES, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team cruised to its eighth straight Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series victory over Iowa State on Friday night at Beyer Hall Pool. The Hawkeyes won 12-of-16 events and posted seven season-best times on the night en route to the 172.5-127.5 victory.
The quartet of Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Kelsey Drake, and Mekenna Scheitlin got the Hawkeyes off to a strong start, posting a time of 1:42.06 in the 200-medley relay to claim a first place finish and get Iowa out to an early lead.
Senior Meghan Lavelle won two events — the 100 back (54.43) and 200 back (1:59.37). Lavelle’s time in the 100 back is a season-best and an NCAA “B” qualifying time.
Drake also claimed two individual event titles, winning the 200 IM (2:02.46) and 200 fly (1:59.99)
Jekel finish second in the 100 back behind Lavelle with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 54.94. Senior Nikol Lagoszinska and junior Natalie McGovern were third and sixth in the 200 back with season-best times of 2:03.59 and 2:05.52, respectively.
Junior Kelly McNamara also posted a season-best performance in the 100 fly touching in at 54.55, while Hoyt posted an NCAA “B” qualifying time and season-best in the 200 breaststroke, touching in at 2:14.22.
In the diving well, junior Jacintha Thomas dove to an NCAA zone standard score of 284.50 off the 1-meter to win the event. She claimed her second title off the 3-meter, posting a second zone standard score of 291.15.
Seniors Lauren Leehy, Jekel, Scheitlin, and sophomore Hannah Burvill closed out the meet by winning the 400-free relay with a time of 3:23.06.
The Hawkeyes return to action in 2018, hosting Illinois and Notre Dame from Jan. 12-13 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
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