Hawkeye Invitational: Nebraska Swims to Victory; Rutgers Puts Up Record Swims

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The Nebraska women’s swimming and diving team won the Hawkeye Invitational on the campus of the University of Iowa. The meet ran Thursday-Saturday.

The Cornhuskers won the meet with 952 points. Rutgers finished second with 766.5, while Illinois was third (744.5) and Iowa was fourth (624.5) in a four-way Big Ten battle.

Nebraska earned four wins in the Hawkeye Invitational and used its depth to build a lead and hang on for the win.

Nebraska’s Giulia Marchi, Gena Jorgenson, Shannon Stott and Leci Kucera won the the 800 freestyle relay title in 7:16.24.

Maia Hall won the breaststroke with a career-best 2:13.18, moving her up to third on Nebraska’s all-time list and marking an NCAA “B” Cut. Hall finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.72) on Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational.


Stott reached her second NCAA “B” Cut of the Hawkeye Invitational with a career-best 1:58.15 in the 200 butterfly. On Thursday, Stott clocked a NCAA Standard B Cut in the 500 freestyle and went on to finish second in 4:44.97.

Diver Kelsey Clairmont won the platform diving with an NCAA Zone qualifying 283.15. The freshman from Canada added a top finish on Friday, finishing third in the three-meter with a 310.60.

While the team didn’t have quite the depth of Nebraska, it was a stellar Hawkeye Invitational for runner-up Rutgers, which continues its strong season.

On Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational, Alice Scarabelli, Rachel Kimmel, Sofia Maksimova and Sofia Chichaikina broke the school record in the 200 medley relay (1:38.95). Kimmel then bested the Rutgers record in the 100 breast. She hit the wall in 1:00.65 topping the previous mark of 1:00.82 by Rachel Stoddard in 2016. Kimmel also swam in the 400 IM finals posting a season-best 4:24.53 for sixth place. Scarabelli won the 100 backstroke in 53.31.

On Saturday, Maksimova wont he 100 freestyle (50.05). Scarabelli won the 200 backstroke (1:57.16), just off a “B” cut, and Madison Murtagh won the 1650 freestyle in an NCAA “B” cut of 16:20.90. Chichiaikina in the 200 also picked up an NCAA “B” cut pf 1:58.22 and finished second.

Kimmel added a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.78). She also went third-fastest o school history in the 200 IM (2:00.99).

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On Thursday at the Hawkeye Invitational, Murtagh raced to the third-fastest time in RU history in winning the 500 free. She won by a .25 second margin with a time of 4:44.72 to produce an NCAA B cut.

The Scarlet Knights went 1-2-3 on the 1-meter board with Giulia Vittoriso (312.55), Savana Trueb (310.10) and Holly Prasanto (292.05).

Illinois junior Cara Bognar won the 400 IM in 4:16.86, the third-fastest time in school history.

Illinois got a strong performance at the Hawkeye Invitational from freshman Sara Jass. She swam the second-fastest 200 breaststroke in Illini history (2:13.22).

Iowa freshman Scarlet Martin scored 20 points by winning the 100 butterfly with the program’s fifth-fastest time (53.84). Sophomore Makayla Hughbanks capped off the night with a career-best 355.40 total to score 20 points in the 3-meter dive finals, ranking fifth all-time in program history.

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1 year ago

Rutgers I quietly becoming a competitive team. If they keep this up they could be a top 25 team in the next couple years.

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