OMAHA, Neb. - The University of Northern Iowa swimming and diving team finished in second place at the Omaha Invitational. The Panthers scored a total of 1,426 points. Nebraska-Omaha won the invitational with 1,722 points. Over the two day event, the Panthers finished with four top place times.
Chelsea Hartman took the top-spot in the 1,650 freestyle. She clocked in with a time of 17.39.96. Teammates Allison Hobbs (18:19.66) and Reva Bork (18:26.25) took fourth and fifth place, respectively. Hartman also took fifth in the 400 IM, clocking in with a time of 4:43.25.
In the 3-meter dive, Bethany Olson took first place. She finished with 227.85 points. The Panthers also claimed second and third place in the 3-meter. Morgan Kinney finished with 195.70 points, followed by Kristin Staude in third with 180.90 points.
Rebecca Ortmann took third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.42. Ashley Nelson took fourth (2:00.56) in the event, followed by Elise Drewsen (2:01.40) in fifth.
In the 100 butterfly, Lindsey Phelps took third place. She clocked in with a time of 59.24. Kayla McCormick took fifth with a time of 1:00.38.
The Panthers took control in the 200 backstroke, finishing with four of the top-six times. Allison Hobbs took the runner-up spot with a time of 2:10.34. Natalie Johnson finished in 2:11.89 for third place. Following behind were Jody Petersen (2:15.65) and Ashlee Graham (2:16.83), taking fifth and sixth respectively.
The Panthers also took four of the top-six spots in the 100 breaststroke. Caryn Knight led the way with a second place finish in 1:06.52. Stephanie Paape finished in third place at 1:08.49. Sarah Hedeen (1:09.86) and Rhennetta Bork (1:11.42) took fifth and sixth, respectively.
MacKenzie Smith led the Panthers in the 50 freestyle. She took the fifth place spot in a field of 61 swimmers. She clocked in with a time of 24.81. Elise Drewsen took sixth in the event with a time of 25.20.
Both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay teams took the runner-up spot for the day. The 200 freestyle team of MacKenzie Smith, Sarah Hedeen, Stephanie Paape and Elise Drewsen finished with a season best time of 1:39.60. The 400 medley team also swam a season best time of 4:01.66. The members of that team were Natalie Johnson, Caryn Knight, Kayla McCormick and MacKenzie Smith.
Morgan Kinney took the top-spot for the 1-meter dive. She scored 210.75 points, which is a season-best score. Olson took the runner-up spot with 204.60 points, followed by Kristin Staude in fourth place with 168.05 points.
Chelsea Hartman continued to lead the Panthers in the distance freestyle events. She finished the 1,000 freestyle in 10:33.06, taking first place. Allison Hobbs took the runner-up spot with a time of 10:56.56, followed by Reva Bork (10:57.32) in third. Hartman also took second in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:12.43 and Bork took third with a time of 5:15.08.
Caryn Knight took second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.83. Knight also finished in third in the 200 breaststroke(2:28.67).
Natalie Johnson took third in the 100 backstroke, she clocked in at 1:00.65. In the 100 freestyle, MacKenzie Smith took fourth(53.96).
Kayla McCormick took second in the 200 butterfly. McCormick finished with a time of 2:15.14.
All three relay team finished in the runner-up spot in their respective events. The 400 freestyle finished in 3:41.19. The 200 medley relay finished in 1:51.63 and the 800 freestyle relay finished in 8:03.13. All three times are season-best times.
The Panthers will take a break and return to action on Jan. 14. The Panthers will travel to Brookings, S.D. to take on South Dakota State.
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