January 2016

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127 and fih in the 200 free relay. She still holds the state record in the 200 IM (2:00.33). "She was a hard-working high school multi- sport athlete from a smaller town and was very determined," Long said. "We believe in her, she's a special kid, and she's contagious with the team." Sougstad credits teammates for pushing her and she says her leadership skills have improved as a result. "My teammates have been such a support system and they are my family," Sougstad said. "ey push me to be the best version of myself, to be a leader, to get the best grades I can, and to be the best person." is season a new, improved version of Sougstad could be unveiled. She has altered her lifestyle to include better choices when it comes to eating and sleeping. Early results indicate a much quicker recovery time for her body than in the past. "It changes my attitude and perspective on the sport of swimming," Sougstad said. "It is easier because I am treating my body with respect. I'm excited to see what happens this season." Complementing her lifestyle changes is becoming more deeply vested in Athletes in Action, an organization that ties faith and sport. Sougstad calls it a "game-changer." "It is about getting plugged into a great community that learns how to push themselves in each possible way," Sougstad said. e Hawkeyes are on their Winter Training Trip in St. Petersburg, Florida, until Jan. 10. ey host Illinois on Jan. 16 beginning at 11 a.m. (CT).

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