3 Records Fall on Day 3 of B1G Championships
Feb. 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Another day of swimming is in the books, and more records fall for the University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team.
Day three of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships saw three school records fall for the Hawkeyes. Heading into the final day of competition Iowa sits in eighth place with 142 points, while Minnesota (526) and Indiana (397) lead the field.
"Three more school records to add to our total," said UI head coach Marc Long. "I am very proud of how the women are racing. We have another exciting day tomorrow."
The first event of Friday's finals saw one of the three records go down, as the Hawkeyes took down the top time in the 400-medley relay. The foursome of senior Lindsay Seemann, freshman Emma Sougstad, senior Haley Gordon, and sophomore Olivia Kabacinski swam to a seventh place finish of 3:39.54. The time marks a new program record, besting the previous time of 3:40.33, previously set by Daniela Cubelic, Karolina Wartalowicz, Abbey Tuchscherer, and Danielle Carty in 2012.
The Hawkeyes' two other school records were posted during the preliminary round of day three. Gordon, swimming the 100 butterfly, set a school record with a time of 54.58. She bested her previous career best of 55.00, which had been the third-best time in program history. Tuchscherer finished in 54.86 in the `C' final to clock the fourth-fastest time in the record books.
Sougstad recorded the third school record in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke. Sougstad touched the wall in 1:00.90 to secure the top time and qualify for the `A' final of the event. In the finals, Sougstad finished fifth when she touched out in 1:01.05. Kabacinski improved on her second-fastest time in program history when she finished in 1:01.36 during the prelims. She went on to place 10th in the `B' finals.
Senior Emily Hovren swam to the third-fastest time in program history during the prelims of the 200 freestyle when she touched out in 1:48.93, while Seemann recorded the second-fastest time in the record books in the 100-backstroke, finishing in 54.05 during prelims. The time bests Seemann's previous career best, which stood as the fifth-fastest time.
Prior to the finals, Seemann was recognized as Iowa's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Hawkeyes conclude the Big Ten Championships tomorrow with prelims slated to begin at 11 a.m. (CT), with finals starting at 6:30 p.m.