IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four University of Iowa swimmers are set to compete against the top swimmers in the country this weekend at the inaugural USA College Challenge, presented by arena, in Indianapolis. Senior Emma Sougstad, junior Jerzy Twarowski, sophomore Kenneth Mende, and freshman Hannah Burvill will represent the Big Ten Conference.
The USA College Challenge, a two-day, short-course yards dual meet, will feature members of the USA Swimming National Team squaring off against stars from the Big Ten Conference on Nov. 12-13 at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Ten swimmers from the 2016 Olympic Team, including eight medalists, are expected to compete at the event. Among the 2016 Olympians expected to swim in Indianapolis are medalists Lilly King, Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni, Cierra Runge, Tom Shields, Leah Smith, Amanda Weir, and Kelsi Worrell.
Other Olympians slated to swim include Jacob Pebley and Jordan Wilimovsky. Miller, Pebley, Shields, Smith, Weir and Worrell will swim for Team USA, while current collegiate standouts King, Pieroni, Runge and Wilimovsky are on the Big Ten roster. All schools in the Big Ten Conference will be represented at the USA College Challenge.
Both sessions of the two-day meet will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Saturday’s opening session of the all-star dual begins at 3:30 p.m. (CT), while Sunday’s session starts at 10:30 a.m. Both sessions will also stream live online at USASwimming.org and btn.com, as well as via the BTN2GO app. Bernie Guenther and Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines will call the action for the Big Ten Network.
Mende is expected to compete in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM, while Twarowski will compete in the 400-medley relay and 100 and 200 fly.
Sougstad is slated to swim in five events over the weekend — 400-medley relay, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, and 200 IM. The two-time NCAA qualifier holds the school record in all five events. Burvill is expected to compete in the 100 free and as a member of the 400 and 800-free relays.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, November 12 (Women followed by Men)
400 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Sunday, November 13 (Women followed by Men)
400 Free Relay