UNI drops first home swim meet to Iowa State



The UNI Swimming and Diving team lost to Iowa State last Saturday, but several individuals had outstanding performances.

DREW HILL, Sports Writer, Opinion Columnist

The UNI women’s swim team faced Iowa State at the Glenn F. Henry Swimming & Diving Pool in a swim meet last Saturday, Oct. 9. UNI came in after a 159-133 win over Iowa in their first meet, while this was Iowa State’s first meet of the year. Iowa State won the swim meet 183.5-113.5, but UNI had several strong performances, including five event wins.

Freshman Abby Hutchins won the one-meter diving event with a score of 241.80. She also led UNI in the three-meter diving event with a score of 241.88. Her victory in the one-meter diving event was her first collegiate win.

Faith Larsen tied Carley Caughron of Iowa State for first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.07 seconds and Lily Ernst won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.96. Amber Finke won the 200-yard backstroke in a tightly contested race with a time of 2:04.49, winning by a narrow 0.11 of a second.

UNI finished the swim meet strong with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the final event. The team was composed of Clare Christensen, Taylor Short, Natalia Verastegui and Larsen. They won with a time of 1:38.13, with Larsen having a strong finish as the anchor to get the Panthers the win.

The Panthers also had several second-place performances. Finke finished second in the 100-yard Backstroke with a time of 57.76 seconds, falling by just 0.39 of a second. She also finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:12.17. Larsen finished in second in the 100-yard Freestyle event, with a time of 53.53 seconds.

UNI’s next swim meet is in Terre Haute, Ind., against the Indiana State Sycamores on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The Panthers are 1-1 on the year, and Indiana State is 0-2 on the year so far.