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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | FEBRUARY 19, 2009 7:51 AM

Swimming relay sets school record

After only two events at the Big Ten championships, the Iowa women’s swimming and diving team has seen a school record fall.

The AquaHawks completed the first day of the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., by competing in the 200-medley and 800-freestyle relays.

In the 200 medley, freshman Danielle Carty, sophomore Katarina Tour, freshman Daniela Cubelic, and junior Julie deBruin finished in eighth place with a time of 1:41.33, but they broke the school record of 1:42.43 they set at the Missouri Invitational in December 2008.

In the 800 freestyle, junior Christine Kuczek, sophomore Verity Hicks, senior Alison Gschwend, and Cubelic also finished in eighth with a time of 7:21.08.

Iowa stands in seventh place overall with 44 points, trailing defending Big Ten champion Minnesota by 28 points. Action will continue for the AquaHawks with the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, and 1 meter diving later today.

— by Evelyn Lau

Weil picked in draft

Iowa softball’s Brittany Weil was chosen as the seventh pick in the 2009 National Professional Fastpitch Draft Tuesday night.

The senior from Garden Grove, Calif., will join the Akron Racers after this season, becoming only the fourth Iowa softball player to go pro after graduation.

Weil has been a key contributor over the last three years for Iowa, claiming three-straight All-Big Ten selections and being named team MVP or co-MVP each season.

She recently pitched her first collegiate no-hitter and struck out a career-high 19 batters in an extra inning win over Kent State. Weil is on track to break every major school record for pitchers in a career at Iowa.

— by Jon Linder


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