Feb. 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski swam to a school record in the 50 freestyle to pace the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team on day two of the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The Hawkeyes currently are tied for eighth, along with Nebraska, with 81 points, while Minnesota (258) and Indiana (211) lead the way.
Kabacinski's school record came during the morning's preliminary round of the 50-free. The sophomore touched out in 22.70 to set a new school record, and qualify for the `B' final of the event. Kabacinski bested her previous school record time of 22.88, set in 2012. Senior Elise Borja, also swimming in the event, set the second-fastest time in program history during the prelims when she finished in 22.96. The duo of Hawkeyes would go on to place 14th and 21st, respectively, in the finals.
Iowa opened the finals swimming the 200-freestyle relay. The quartet of Kabacinski, Borja, freshman Emma Sougstad, and sophomore Allie Orvis touched out in 1:31.93 to record the third fastest time in program history, while finishing ninth in the event.
Junior Becky Stoughton paced the Hawkeyes in the 500 freestyle when she finished 13th in the finals, touching out in 4:46.05. During prelims earlier in the day, Stoughton recorded a season-best in the event, finishing in 4:45.23, an NCAA `B' cut time.
The Hawkeyes went about rewriting the record book during prelims of the 200 IM, behind the quartet of Sougstad, Orvis , sophomore Colleen Champa, and senior Karolina Wartalowicz. Sougstad (2:01.41) swam the third-best time, besting her previous fifth best time in program history. Orvis would record the fourth-fastest time, touching out in 2:01.76, while Champa (2:02.97) and Wartalowicz (2:03.19) posted the sixth and eighth best times in program history, respectively. Sougstad would finish 20th, with Hovren (22nd) and Orvis (23rd) also placing in the finals of the event.
In the diving well, Joelle Christy recorded a season-best in the one-meter springboard when she finished seventh with a score of 319.45. The mark puts her fifth all-time, improving upon her previous career best of 313.35.
"I was very please with Joelle's performance tonight," said UI Diving Coach Todd Waikel. "Not only did she achieve a personal best, she showed what persistence and hard work can do. Tomorrow is three-meter and she will be ready to do it again. This is a great start to the meet."
Iowa returns for day three of the Big Ten Championships tomorrow morning, with preliminaries taking place at 11 a.m. (CT). Finals are set to once again being at 6:30 p.m.