Hawkeyes Win 3 of 4 in Home Quad Dual

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Missouri State and Purdue in a triple dual on Friday at the CRWC Natatorium.  The Hawkeye men topped both Purdue (151-149) and Missouri State (176-118), while the women split, topping the Bears (237-622) and falling to the Boilermakers (178-122).
“Tonight was a great effort on the boards and in the pool,” said UI head coach Marc Long.  “I am proud of the team for stepping up and competing, and of course, for the men for picking up that victory at the end.  Tonight was a lot of fun.”
In the pool, the men posted seven individual victories and two relay wins, while the women collected five individual victories.
Kenneth Mende and Jack Smith each posted a pair of individual victories on Friday. Mende touched first in the 100 (48.98) and 200 back (1:47.10), swimming to season-best times in both events.  Smith sprinted to first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free, recording times of 20.21 and 44.70 — both times are team bests this season.
Mende and Smith were also part of Iowa’s winning 200-medley relay (1:30.64), which included junior Jerzy Twarowski and freshman Isaak Webb. Smith notched one more victory as a member of Iowa’s first place and meet-deciding 400 free relay (2:59.99)
Freshman Michael Tenney and junior Jerzy Twarowski notched Iowa’s final two victories of the night.  Tenney won the 500 free (4:29.41) and Twarowski won the 100 fly (48.74).
Senior Emma Sougstad’s impressive week got even better.  After winning two events during Thursday night’s dual against South Dakota, the reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week won three more on Friday afternoon.  Sougstad swam to victories in the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM, posting times of 1:01.71, 2:17.16, and 2:04.04.  Sougstad was also a member of Iowa’s top 200-medley relay that featured juniors Meghan Lavelle and Mekenna Scheitlin, and sophomore Kelly McNamara.  The quartet placed second (1:42.18).
Iowa added two more first-place showings in the 50 and 100 free. Scheitlin won the 50 free with a time of 23.45, while freshman Hannah Burvill recorded the first win of her Hawkeye career in the 100 free (51.00).  Burvill placed second in the 200 free (1:50.01) and 500 free (4:59.12)
In the diving well, sophomore Will Brenner was Iowa’s top finisher off both the 1 and 3-meter.  He dove to a second-place finish off the 1-meter (361.75) and placed fourth off the 3-meter (324.40).  Freshman Thelma Baatz-Strandberg posted the first victory of her career, winning the 3-meter with a score of 307.05.
Next up for the Hawkeyes is a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Invitational from Nov. 18-20.