Feb. 22, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team capped off the 2014 Big Ten Championships with a school record in the final event -- the 400-freestyle relay.
The Hawkeyes finished eighth overall at the championships with 199 points. Minnesota claimed the team title with 760 points.
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski, along with seniors Elise Borja, Emily Hovren, and Lindsay Seemann teamed up to post a record-breaking time in the relay. The quartet touched out in 3:21.07 to finish ninth and post a school record. The time bests the previous record of 3:21.27, set back in 2009.
The Hawkeyes swam eighth and ninth place finishes in the 200 breaststroke. Senior Karolina Wartalowicz finished eighth in the `A' final, touching out in 2:13.33. Her finish ranks second-best in program history. Sophomore Colleen Champa finished in 2:13.69 to take the top spot in the `B' final, recording the third-fastest time in the record books.
In the diving well, the Hawkeyes got a fourth-place finish from freshman Calli Head in the platform. Her score of 289.60 is a new school record in the five-dive platform event, while fellow freshman Lydia Lehnert placed 13th with a score of 253.55, a new career-best.
"I was very proud of Calli's performance tonight," said diving coach Todd Waikel. "She started strong and ended strong. Having her personal record in prelims only to beat it in finals was exciting to see!"
Iowa will return to Minneapolis for the NCAA Zone D Diving meet on March 10-12. Redshirt juniors Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy, sophomore Samantha Wagner, and freshmen Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert will be competing for the Hawkeyes.