The University of Northern Iowa swim and dive team is set to compete in their final meet of the regular season before they head to the Missouri Valley Conference championships. The Panthers will face in-state rivals Iowa State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Ames. The meet will be held at the Beyer Hall Pool on the Iowa State campus. Last year, the Cyclones defeated UNI 214-86.
The Panthers were defeated by the University of Nebraska-Omaha 174-124 on January 11th. This was the final home meet of the season as well as senior night for the Panthers. Bethany Hovland, in her final home meet as a Panther, won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive events. She scored 259.20 points in the 1-meter and 263.32 points in the 3-meter. Allie Bey took the runner-up spot in both events, scoring 232.80 points in the 1-meter and 238.27 points in the 3-meter. Taylor Ostrowski took another dominating win in the 200 butterfly. She finished with a time of 2:10.73, four seconds faster than the second place finisher. Sierra Sachtjen took first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.46. Senior Stephanie Frederick finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 24.62 and 54.25 respectively. Natalie Johnson also had a pair of runner-up finishes on the night. She finished with a time of 1:00.87 in the 100 backstroke and a time of 2:11.99 in the 200 backstroke. Stephanie Paape continued this trend and took another pair of second place finishes for the Panthers. She had a time of 1:10.77 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:31.91 in the 200 breaststroke.
"We have a dual meet scheduled for Iowa State this weekend, and it's a nice meet for us because it really helps us prepare for the Missouri Valley Conference championships coming up in three weeks," said head coach Doug Humphrey. "It's a great meet for us because we are going to face some very good talent at Iowa State and also kind of use this as a bench mark as to where this program is going to be going... They do a good job of preparing their athletes to swim very well at the end of the season. So we hit them right at the perfect time to get their best and that's how we are going to judge ourselves. We are going to see their best and continue to perform better."