Dec. 4, 2013
The University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team hosts the annual Hawkeye Invitational, Friday through Sunday, in Iowa City, Iowa. The competition will be held at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. (CT) all three days. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. (CT) on Sunday.
Fans can follow along via live results by following this link (livestats.hawkeysports.com). A live stream of the event can also be found at Hawkeye All-Access (http://www.hawkeyesports.com/allaccess/).
SCOUTING THE INVITE
Iowa welcomes six swimming and diving teams and one diving team to Iowa City for three days of competition. Boise State, Denver University, Milwaukee, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Washington State will be competing, while Iowa State will be in the diving competition only.
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Meet captains for this weekend's Hawkeye Invitational will be seniors Abbey Tuchscherer, Emily Hovren, Abby Grilli, Taylor Newgaard, Elise Borja, Joelle Christy, Haley Gordon, Lauren Drennen, Karolina Wartalowicz, Lindsay Seemann, and Lauren Kelba.
HAWKEYES POST VICTORIES OVER NEBRASKA, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The Hawkeyes posted a pair of victories Nov. 15 when they defeated Nebraska (167-133) and South Dakota State (252-48) in Lincoln, Neb. Iowa posted eight victories in the pool, and one in the diving well. Junior Becky Stoughton, racing for the first time after working her way back from injury, posted a pair of victories in the 500 (5:01.63) and 1,000-freestyle (10:18.98). The Hawkeyes also tallied a 1-3-4 finish in the 200-back. Senior Lindsay Seemann took the event in 2:02.40, a season best for the Ontario native. Sophomore Maddie Bro was third in 2:06.00, while junior Pamela Breitrick finished fourth in 2:06.62.
DIVING TO THE POSTSEASON
Redshirt juniors Abby Grilli and Joelle Christy have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards in both the one and three-meter events this year. Christy has led the way for the Hawkeyes, posting a team-best score in both the one (303.20) and three-meter (312.08) events. Grilli posted a career-best score of 297.83 in the one-meter event against the Gophers this year, while posting a score of 310.95 in the 3-meter against Nebraska and South Dakota State.
KABACINSKI LEADING THE WAY
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski is off to a fast start in 2013, highlighted by her performance against Michigan State and Northern Iowa on Oct. 18. The La Porte, Ind., native posted four first-place finishes at the meet. Kabacinski placed first in the 200-medley relay (1:45.46), 50-free (24.04), 100-free (51.91), and 400-free relay (3:31.75).
Senior Lindsay Seemann has been a key contributor to the Hawkeyes in her second season with the program. Seemann has posted the top time in four individual events, and was a part of the top time in two relay events. Seemann captured two of her top times in the opening meet of the season against Michigan, posting first place finishes in both the 200-free (1:51.60) and 100-back (57.27). Most recently, Seemann finished in a season-best 2:02.40 against Nebraska and South Dakota state to win the 200-back.
HAWKEYES SET WORLD RECORD
The University of Iowa swimming and diving team swam to a World Record in the 200 short course meters mixed-medley relay at the Michigan Water Carnival. In the second-to-last event, the Hawkeyes swam to a World Record time when seniors Dustin Rhoads and Andrew Marciniak, junior Haley Gordon and sophomore Olivia Kabacinski finished with a time of 1:47.61. Iowa also bested a previous World Record time in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay when sophomore Jackson Allen, senior Gianni Sesto, freshman Emma Sougstad and sophomore Allie Orvis posted a time of 1:40.26. Michigan took down the old record, finishing in 1:36.78.
GRILLI EARNS DIVER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Redshirt junior Abby Grilli was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Nov. 19. Grilli, competing in a pair of duals against Nebraska and South Dakota State, claimed the 1-meter title while taking third in the 3-meter event. In the 1-meter springboard, Grilli finished with a final score of 285.60 to claim the top spot, while finishing third in the 3-meter event with a score of 310.95. Both scores are NCAA Zone Diving standards, while Grilli's 3-meter score is a new season best.
SOUGSTAD EARNS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Emma Sougstad was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct.1. Sougstad, competing in her first collegiate dual at Michigan on Sept. 27, won the 50-yard freestyle, touching out in 23.84. The Forest City, Iowa, native also tallied second place finishes in the 200-yard IM (2:05.87) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.51). In the freestyle relay, Sougstad swam the anchor leg for the Hawkeyes, finishing in 3:32.51. She rounded out the meet by placing third in the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.92), in which she swam the second leg.
The women's team features five newcomers to this year's roster. Taylor Flummerfelt, Calli Head, Lydia Lehnert, Emma Sougstad, and Serena Wanasek all join the team. This group of five women features two athletes from Wisconsin, one from Iowa and one from Maryland.
OFF THE HIGH DIVE
The Iowa diving team returns a vetern lineup, led by senior Abby Grilli and redshirt junior Joelle Christy. Grilli, a team captain last year, posted a team high score of 354.10 on the three-meter boards, while Christy led the team on one-meter and platform diving with scores of 313.35 and 234.74, respectively. Grilli, Christy, along with teammate Lauren Kelba all qualified for NCAA Zone Diving last season before falling just short of making the finals.
KABACINSKI SPRINTING TO THE TOP
Sophomore Olivia Kabacinski was the top sprinter for the Hawkeyes last season. Kabacinski led the team in the 50 free (22.88), 100 free (50.30), 200 free (1:48.32) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.30). She posted NCAA "B" qualifying times in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.
RECORD BREAKING YEAR
The Hawkeyes come into this season after breaking five school records throughout the course of last season. Individually, Olivia Kabacinski (50 free - 22.88), Lindsay Seemann (200 back - 1:56.49), Becky Stoughton (200 fly - 1:59.68), and Emily Hovren (200 IM - 2:00.42) all broke school recrods in their respective event. The team of Heather Arseth, Karolina Wartalowicz, Abby Tuchscherer, and Kabacinski set the record in the 200 medley relay (1:40.97).
Two members from the 2012-13 women's team were named Honorable Mention Scholar All-America. Heather Arseth and senior Karolina Wartalowicz were named All-America. Wartalowicz was also named an honorable mention in 2011-12. The team was acknowledged as an All-America team for the ninth consecutive year. In all, 24 women have been named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America list during coach Long's tenure.
HEAD COACH MARC LONG
Marc Long is in his 10th season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It's his eighth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 75 school records have fallen and 112 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Brandon King is in his first season as an assistant coach with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program. King joins the Hawkeyes out of Naperville, Ill., where he served as a senior assistant coach alongside decorated head coach Dave Krotiak for the Fox Valley Swim Team from 2011-13. During his time with the program, King assisted the Illinois Senior Coach of the Year and coached multiple swimmers competing at the Junior Nationals, Grand Prix meets and Olympic Trials.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is home for the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
IOWA SWIMMING AND DIVING TRADITION
Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level and competed at the first NCAA Championship. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top 10 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten champions.
The Hawkeyes diving team returns the to pool Dec. 12, traveling to Ames to take on Iowa State in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The competition is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Beyer Hall Pool.