Stoughton snaps Iowa women's swimming's NCAA drought

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's swimming team will be represented at the NCAA meet for the first time in seven years, the Hawkeyes learned on Monday.

Freshman Becky Stoughton qualified in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyles after finishing in times of 4:40.82 and 16:14.14 minutes, respectively, at the Big Ten meet on Feb. 15-18. Both times are school records.

The Peoria, Ill., native is the first Hawkeye swimmer to compete in the NCAA meet since Jennifer Skolaski in 2005. She is also the first Iowa freshman to make the cut since Skolaski accomplished the feat in 2002.

The announcement caps a season in which Stoughton did her best to completely rewrite Iowa's record books. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year at the conference championships, and she currently holds 20 records — including school marks in the 200, 500, 1,000, and 1,650 freestyles, as well as the 400 individual medley.

Stoughton claimed Big Ten weekly awards four times this season; she took home Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 10, Jan. 24, and Jan. 31, and claimed Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 8. She was also named National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com on Nov. 8.

Stoughton will be one of 281 swimmers to compete at the NCAA meet in the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala., on March 15-17.

— by Tork Mason

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