2022 Hawkeye Invite: Nebraska Takes Team Title By 185.5 Point Margin


The 2022 Hawkeye Invite concluded tonight with the 1650, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 freestyle relay. Nebraska came out on top of the final team standings by a 185.5-point margin over Rutgers, while Rutgers topped Illinois by just 12 points.

Final Team Scores:

  1. Nebraska – 952
  2. Rutgers – 766.5
  3. Illinois – 744.5
  4. Iowa – 624.5
  5. Northern Iowa – 21.5

Rutgers’ Madison Murtagh kicked off the session tonight by posting a personal best time of 16:20.90 to win the 1650 by almost 14 seconds. Murtagh’s time is the third-fastest in program history, and puts her well below the NCAA ‘B’ cut. Nebraska’s Genevieve Jorgenson (16:34.48) and Molly Rosenthal (16:45.85) picked up 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Alice Scarabelli picked up another win for the Scarlet Knights in the 200 back, beating Nebraska’s Madesyn Ronqillio by just over a second. She swam a new personal best time of 1:57.16 to move up to sixth on Rutgers’ All-Time Top-10 list.

Rutgers continued their winning streak in the 100 free, with Sofia Lobova taking 1st with a season best time of 50.05. Iowa’s Sabina Kupcova took 2nd with a best time of almost a second to post a 50.26.

Nebraska sophomore Maia Hall won the 200 breast with a best time of 2:10.76, making her the third-fastest performer in program-history. The Illini had a strong showing in the event, with freshman Sara Jass picking up 2nd in a best time of 2:13.32, and senior Kaleigh Haworth taking 4th in a best time of 2:14.74. Their swims rank 2nd and 5th on Illinois’ all-time performance list.

Nebraska’s Shannon Stott captured the final individual event of the night, as she won the 200 fly in a best time of 1:58.15. Rutgers’ Sofia Chichaikinawho led by a few tenths at the halfway point, ended up touching 2nd with a 1:58.22. Nebraska’s Alexa Kucera (2:00.97) and Illinois’ Alexis Wendel (2:01.36) picked up 3rd and 4th respectively, both clocking personal bests times.

In the final event of the meet, three teams touched within less than a second of each other. Iowa’s quartet of Kennedy Gilbertson (50.09), Kupcova (49.49), Molly Pedersen (50.66), and Scarlet Martin (49.84) combined for a final time of 3:20.08 to come out on top. Rutgers posted a time of 3:20.86 to narrowly beat Nebraska by 0.04, while Illinois finished 4th with a final time of 3:24.49. Kupcova’s split of 49.49 was the fastest of the event.

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