Women’s swimming falls to No. 12 Minnesota

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women’s swimming team fell to No. 12 Minnesota on Nov. 3, 192-103. The Golden Gophers are reigning Big Ten champions, and they remain undefeated with the victory, but all was not negative for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa swam similarly to its season-opening win over Michigan State.

“Even with the loss, we had some outstanding performances tonight,” head coach Marc Long said in a release. “We are looking forward to working hard and continuing to prepare for our championship season.”

Minnesota began the meet with a victory in the 200-medley. Iowa’s quartet of freshmen Maddie Bro, Olivia Kabacinski, and Maggie Hofstadter, along with sophomore Heather Arseth finished second (1:43.75).

Sophomore standout and last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Becky Stoughton won the Hawkeyes’ first event on Nov. 2. While just the second meet of a long season, Stoughton posted a season best time in the 1,000 freestyle, touching the wall at 9:57.58.

Stoughton also registered a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 4:47.77 in the 500 free, in which she finished second. She also placed second in the 200 individual medley.

Freshman Kabacinski continued her early season success in the 50 free by swimming the second fastest time in Iowa history. Her time of 23.12 won the event while also being a NCAA “B” qualifying time. Kabacinski also raced in the 200 free and finished third. Her time of 1:49.23 ranks fourth in school history.

The Golden Gophers took victories on the diving board with wins in both the 1 meter and 3 meter.
Another Hawkeye to have success against the Golden Gophers was junior Karolina Wartalowicz. She posted season-best times in the 100 breast (1:05.03) and the 200 breast (2:20.89).

— by Carlos Sosa

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