By Nick Freimuth – Photos By Natalie Townsend
Surgeon Bay graduate and now senior at Iowa State University, Savanna Townsend swam her final Big 12 Conference event Saturday. The Cyclone was apart of a record breaking 400 yard freestyle relay that dropped nearly three seconds off their seed time to take second place. Townsend swam a great time in the second position of the four-person event.
Townsend stood out individually in the 100 yard freestyle. She got on the podium and earned a medal with a personal best time of 51.19 seconds good enough for seventh place in the Big 12 Conference Championships at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Savanna also swam the 50 free. She accomplished a personal best time of 23.25 seconds in the event landing her in eighth place overall. In the 100 fly Townsend finished 14th with a time of 56.21 seconds. Savanna also swam the 400 medley relay and the 200 free relay. The 200 free relay also set an ISU team record.
The University of Texas again earned the conference title. The Longhorn women’s program have won five conference championships in a row.
Savanna Townsend officially ended her 17 year swim ‘career’ on a good note. Mom, dad and sister Sierra were all in Texas to cheer her on making the Big 12 Championships extra special for the entire Townsend Family.