The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Cedar Falls on Thursday night to take on Northern Iowa in a shortened meet. The Hawkeyes edged the Panthers, 127-114.
The Black and Gold claimed victory in 10 of the 13 events, but the Panthers were able to keep things close by filling the other spots on the podium; there were five events in which Northern Iowa failed to win first place, but claimed the next four to outscore the Hawkeyes.
Several of the Hawkeyes’ top swimmers were given the opportunity to rest before tonight’s meet against Western Illinois; senior captains Daniela Cubelic and Danielle Carty didn’t compete on Thursday, and record-breaking freshman Becky Stoughton took a night off from swimming distance events.
The Peoria, Ill., native instead took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.06 seconds, and helped the 200-yard medley relay to a first-place finish in a time of 1:46.86 minutes. She also competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The trio of Elaine Boosalis, Aiste Dobrovolskaite, and Emily Christiansen finished within 1.26 seconds of each other to sweep the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle. Christiansen also won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:08.33 minutes.
Redshirt freshman Amanda Kocovsky — the only Hawkeye diver to compete on Thursday — took third place in both the one- and three-meter diving events with scores of 226.72 and 183.15 points, respectively.
The Hawkeyes return to action tonight to take on Western Illinois at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Tonight’s meet is also Senior Night: Cubelic, Carty, and diver Veronica Rydze will be honored. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
— by Tork Mason