Hawkeyes Endure Solid Performances at USA College Challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS — The inaugural USA College Challenge, held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis, came to a close on Sunday afternoon.  Three Hawkeyes combined for five points during the events final day as the National Team topped the Big Ten Conference, 349-247.
After swimming to a new school record in the 100 freestyle in Saturday’s opening session, freshman Hannah Burvill sprinted to a season best time of 1:46.29 in Sunday’s 200 freestyle.  She finished fifth in the event, earning the Big Ten Conference one point. 
Burvill was also a member of the Big Ten’s fourth-place finishing 400-freestyle relay that clocked in with a time of 3:18.46.  She swam the fastest split (49.12) of a quartet that also featured Gia Dalesandro (49.63), Cierra Runge (49.56), and Kennedy Goss (50.15).
Senior Emma Sougstad competed in two events on the final day of the all-star dual, capturing fourth place in the 100 breastroke (59.51) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:59.86).  Sougstad’s time in the 100 breast was a NCAA “B” qualifying time and was her fastest of the season, edging her previous best by 1.82 seconds.  Her time in the 200 IM is also a season best.
Junior Jerzy Twarowski added two more points to the Big Ten Conference’s total following a fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly.  Twarowski, Iowa’s school record holder in the event, swam to a season best time of 1:47.26 — a NCAA “B” qualifying time.
Sophomore Kenneth Mende wrapped up competition for the Hawkeyes taking eighth place in the 200 IM, touching in a team-best 1:51.03.
Next up for the Hawkeyes is a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Invitational from Nov. 18-20.