UNI drops opener to Iowa Hawkeyes

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

On Friday Oct. 7, UNI swimming and diving played host to Iowa. This was the first time since 2012 that the Hawkeyes swim and dive team has made its way to Cedar Falls. UNI was not able to take advantage of the opportunity at home however, and lost the opener 197-103.

First place finishes were hard to come by against the Hawkeyes, as in the 16 events on the day, the Panthers were only able to come away with first in one of them. However, the Panthers had plenty of second place finishes throughout the day. The first of which came at the hands of Helena Heuberger, Sydney Aird, Scout Bergwall and Faith Larsen, who finished second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:46.29. 

Hallory Domnick got second in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:54.08, which was close to beating Iowa’s Sabina Kupcova, who finished with a time of 1:53.58. Amber Finke finished second in the 100-yard backstroke, and was also responsible for the only first place that UNI took on the day. She came out victorious in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.84. 

Larsen took in two second place finishes as an individual on the day. She took second in the 50-yard freestyle at 23.71, and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle at 53.04. Bergwall and Ema Lavigne added on a couple more second place finishes for the Panthers. Bergwall placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, and Lavigne in the 200-yard individual medley. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Panthers relay of Amber Finke, Morgan Meyer, Natalia Varastegui and Larsen finished second as well. 

In the diving portion, reigning MVC Diver of the Year Taylor Hogan led the way for UNI. She finished fourth in the one meter diving, and third in the three meter diving.

The Panthers will get back in the pool when they travel to Chicago to compete in the MVC Showcase on Oct. 21 and 22.