IOWA CITY — Northern Iowa wrapped up the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference swimming and diving championships Saturday with three more record-setting victories and a third-place overall finish.
Panther freshman Katie Taylor erased the old MVC mark in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.20, and Molly Lembezeder defended her 100 freestyle title (49.97) after breaking the school record in the prelims with a clocking of 49.89.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Taylor and Lembezeder joined Aftin Phyfe and Crystal Florman to defend UNI’s title in that event and break their own MVC record of 3:22.01.
In the team standings, the Panthers finished with 615 points. Missouri State was a runaway winner with 832.5, and Southern Illinois edged UNI for second with 649 points.
Other top individual performances for the Panthers included Florman’s runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle, a fourth by Kylie Engstrom in the 1,650 freestyle, top eight efforts by Phyfe in the 200 backstroke and Veronica Herrmann in the 200 breaststroke and top 10 showings by Moriah Ross in the 200 breaststroke and Rachel Siebenaller in the 1,650 freestyle.
In diving, Alyssa Deuso was fourth in the 3-meter competition (227.45), Hanna Brummel fifth (222.45) and Emma Billerbeck seventh (202.05).
Taylor was named the Valley Freshman of the Year while Brummel, Florman, Herrmann, Lembezeder, Phyfe, Autumn Roepsch and Taylor were first-team all-conference.