2022 Hawkeye Invite: Nebraska Leads, Illini Set Program Record in 200 FR Relay

2022 HAWKEYE INVITE

  • December 1 – December 3, 2022
  • CRWC Natatorium, Iowa City, IA
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Watch
  • Live Results: “2022 Hawkeye Invite” on MeetMobile
  • 2023 NCAA Qualifying Times

DAY 1 FULL RESULTS

Teams:

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Nebraska
  • Rutgers
  • Northern Iowa (diving only)

The 2022 Hawkeye Invitational began today with a full day of events, including the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 freestyle relay, and 400 medley relay. Despite not winning any events, Nebraska came out on top of the team standings today.

Team Standings Through Day 1:

  1. Nebraska – 239.5
  2. Illinois – 234
  3. Rutgers – 225.5
  4. Iowa – 184.5
  5. Northern Iowa – 8.5

Illinois opened the night with a new program record in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Isabelle Guerra (23.07), Lily Olson (22.67), Athena Salafatinos (22.57), and Logan Kuehne (22.71) combined for a final time 1:31.02. The previous record of 1:31.50 was set back in 2006.

Kennedy Gilbertson led off Iowa’s 2nd place relay with a new personal best 50 free time of 22.75. Her previous best was 23.19, which she set in 2019.

In the 500, Rutgers’ Madison Murtagh edged Nebraska’s Shannon Stott by two tenths to win with a 4:44.72. Murtagh’s time was a new personal best by almost three seconds, and makes her the third-fastest performer in program history. Stott’s swim was also a big best time, as she dropped almost six seconds from her previous best to post a 4:44.92.

Illinois freshman Sara Jass won the 200 IM in a personal best time of 1:59.41. Jass came into the meet with a best time of 2:04.14, and swam a 1:59.80 this morning in prelims. She is now the second-fastest performer in Illini program history.

Nebraska’s Sarah Barton was the only other athlete under 2:00 in the 200 IM. She stopped the clock at a 1:59.68, marking a new personal best by a second and a half and moved her to third on Nebraska’s All-Time Top 10 list.

Rutgers’ Sofia Lobova dominated the 50 free with a time of 22.55. Her teammate, Sofia Chichaikina, and Iowa’s Kennedy Gilbertson tied for second at 22.83, while Isabelle Guerra took third for Illinois with a new personal best time of 22.92, which ties her for the second-fastest time in program history.

In the final swimming event of the night, Rutgers’ team of Alice Scarabelli (53.22), Rachel Kimmel (1:00.72), Lobova (54.37), and Chichaikina (49.56) combined to win the 400 medley relay in a final time of 3:37.87. Nebraska took second with a 3:38.96, followed by Iowa at 3:39.13. Illinois notably DQ’ed their A and C relays.

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DMSWIM
2 months ago

While I’m sure Iowa was hoping to have more teams attend this meet, it has worked out nicely as a Big 10 quad meet with 4 similarly matched teams.

Aquabullet
Reply to  DMSWIM
2 months ago

Maybe if there was a Men’s team it would help get more to attend. It’s a good example of how cutting one side of the pool does still impact the other side.