The Iowa Hawkeyes opened their NCAA season with both their men’s and women’s squads prevailing over host UIC in Chicago.
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Freshmen Hawkeyes had a strong showing at their first collegiate dual meet, with Katie Wells leading the charge on her two wins. Wells chalked up a win in the 100 backstroke (58.70) and later edged out teammate Olivia Kabacinski in the 100 breast, 1:05.05 to 1:05.25. Another freshman victory went to Iowa’s Kelly McNamara; the 2015 Illinois High School State champion in the 100 fly won that same event with a time of 57.34, winning by over a second.
The Hawkeye medley relays were unstoppable, as they went 1-2 over UIC. Big splits from those relays were a 28.84 breast leg from Wells and a 25.27 fly leg from junior Emma Sougstad. Sougstad wouldn’t come away with a win at this meet, but was close. In the 100 IM, her sole individual event of the day, she was edged by UIC’s Brie Hines 57.59 to 57.70.
Hines certainly pitched in at this meet, putting up two of UIC’s three individual wins– in addition to the 100 IM, she was the only one under 5 minutes in the 500 (4:58.13) to win the event by over 10 seconds. Her 29.16 breaststroke split from the 200 medley relay was also the 2nd fastest breast split of any relay.
The Flames third win came from sophomore Lexie Joy, who swam a 1:54.93 to top the 200 free. Her teammate, Claire Haggerty, touched 2nd in that race (1:55.58).
Other winners for Iowa were sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz in the 50 free (24.31) and junior Taylor Flummerfelt in the 100 free (52.77). While UIC did claim the 200 free relay, Iowa ended up on top of this one 146-72.
The Hawkeye men kicked their day off with a bang, owning the 200 medley relay with a 1-2-3-4 sweep. The margin of difference between 1st and 4th was just .62 seconds. Big splits came from senior Roman Trussov on breast (25.36) and freshman Matt Kamin on free (20.45).
Trussov would go on to crush the 100 IM, winning in a time of 52.36.
Three freshmen flexed their muscles in the 50 free, as Iowa went 1-2-3 led by Jack Smith (21.13). Kamin touched 2nd in 21.51, while Quinn Risley grabbed 3rd in 21.79.
A different Hawkeye won each of the remaining events, as Iowa completely shut out the Flames. Some notable times from those wins include a 58.48 from Michael Nelson in the 100 breast, a 50.30 100 fly from Jackson Allen, and a 46.75 100 free from Brandon Farnum.
The closest UIC came to a win was in the 100 back, where Peter Errichiello nearly ran down Iowa’s Matt Boyd at the finish. Boyd was out in 25.20 to Errichiello’s 25.68, but the Flame came back in 26.34 (almost negative splitting) to Boyd’s 26.70. The Hawkeye ended up on top in 51.90 to Errichiello’s 52.02.
Iowa finished off with a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free relay, picking up two more sub-21 splits from 100 free winner Farnum (20.82) and the freshman 50 free winner Smith (20.74). They won the meet with a final score of 155-57.