The University of Iowa swimming and diving program is back in the water this weekend to compete at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The three-day meet begins on Friday at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, and will feature top-notch talent from 10 schools from across the country.
Six conferences, including the ACC, Big Ten, Pac 12, and the SEC, will be represented at this weekend’s Ohio State Invitational. Iowa, Kentucky, Kenyon, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Stanford, Utah, Washington State, Yale, and Penn State are all expected to compete. Both the men’s and women’s squads from each school, except for Stanford and Washington State (women only) will compete.
Fans can follow this weekend’s action by visiting the live stats link on the swimming and diving schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
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HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCED GROUP
The Iowa men return 20 letterwinners and adds 10 newcomers for the 2016-17 season. The Hawkeyes return three NCAA qualifiers and top performers in 10-of-14 swimming events, two-of-three diving events, and seven top performers in relays.
The Hawkeye women bring back 23 letterwinners, including three NCAA qualifiers, and add eight newcomers. Senior Emma Sougstad headlines the returnees after achieving honorable-mention All-America status as a junior; junior Meghan Lavelle is a school record holder in three events and has the second-best time in the 200 back. Iowa returns its top performers in 12-of-14 individual events, on the platform, and its top five relay swimmers.
LAST TIME OUT
The Iowa men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Missouri State and Purdue in a triple dual on Nov. 4 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).
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. Mende and Smith were also part of Iowa’s winning 200-medley relay (1:30.64).
Senior Emma Sougstad won three events. She 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).
HAWKEYES RAKING IN B1G HONORS
One month into the season and six Hawkeyes have already earned Big Ten Conference weekly honors. Senior Emma Sougstad is Iowa’s most recent honoree, garnering co-Swimmer of the Week honors on Nov. 2 following two first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast at Minnesota.
Senior Brandis Heffner, junior Tereysa Lehnertz, sophomores Jack Smith and Jacintha Thomas, and freshman Hannah Burvill were all recognized by the conference on Oct. 5 following their performance in a double dual at Michigan State.
FRESHMAN BREAKS RECORD, PACES HAWKEYE SPRINTERS
Freshman Hannah Burvill has already made quite the splash early on in her Hawkeye career. The Great Britain native leads the Hawkeyes in three freestyle events, sprinting to top times in the 100 (49.22), 200 (1:46.29), and 500 (4:59.12). Burvill also owns the second-fastest time in the 50 free (23.85) behind junior Mekenna Scheitlin. Her times in the 100 and 200 free rank first and second all-time at Iowa.
DIVING TO NCAA ZONE STANDARDS
Seven Hawkeye divers have posted NCAA Zone diving standards this season. Senior Brandis Heffner (350.93), junior Morgan Rafferty (278.40), sophomores Will Brenner (368.00), Matt Mauser (309.90), and Jacintha Thomas (283.20), and freshman Thelma Baatz-Strandberg (288.65) have all posted qualifying scores off the 1-meter. Heffner (351.85), Brenner (357.10), Mauser (357.00), Thomas (283.35), Baatz-Strandberg (307.05), and freshman Olivia Dopkiss (291.25) have each recorded qualifying scores on the 3-meter.
4 HAWKEYES REPRESENT B1G AT USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE
Four Hawkeye swimmers — senior Emma Sougstad, junior Jerzy Twarowski, sophomore Kenneth Mende, and freshman Hannah Burvill — all represented the Big Ten Conference at the USA Conference Challenge, presented by arena, in Indianapolis last weekend.
The USA College Challenge, a two-day, short-course yards dual meet, featured members of the USA Swimming National Team squaring off against stars from the Big Ten Conference at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis.
All four Hawkeyes swam season bests in at least one event, including Burvill, who sprinted to a new school record in the 100 freestyle (49.22).
SOUGSTAD GARNERS PRESEASON HONOR
Senior Emma Sougstad was recognized as a preseason All-American in the 100-yard breaststroke by Collegeswimming.com on Sept. 12. The Forest City, Iowa, native led the Hawkeyes in the 100 breast and 200 breast with school-record times last season. Sougstad finished ninth in the country in the 100 breast (59.00), 31st in the 200-breast (2:11.25), and 25th in the 200 IM (1:57.55) at the NCAA Championships. Her times in the 100 breast and 200 IM are the fastest in school history. Sougstad was a stand-out performer at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, posting top-seven finishes in five events. Sougstad is the Iowa school record holder in eight events – 50 free, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 200-free relay, 200-medley relay, 400-free relay, 400-medley relay — heading into her senior season.
RETURNING NCAA QUALIFIERS
The Iowa swimming and diving program returns six NCAA qualifiers from a season ago. Three members of the men’s 200 and 400-medley relays return, including redshirt sophomore Kenneth Mende, sophomore Jack Smith, and junior Jerzy Twarowski. They finished 10th in 200-medley relay (1:26.50) and 21st in 400-medley relay (3:10.06) at NCAA Championships.
The women also return three NCAA qualifiers in Sougstad and senior divers Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert. A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Head comes off a career year that saw her win bronze at the Big Ten Championships after diving to a school record score of 312.20 — she shares the school record with Lehnert. The Wisconsin native placed 31st at the NCAA Championships with a dive of 214.95, while Lehnert placed 36th with a score of 206.95.
Ten newcomers are set to join the men’s swimming and driving program this year, including John Colin, Weston Credit, Sam Dumford, Steve Fiolic, Joe Myhre, Will Scott, Alex Streightiff, Michael Tenney, Isaak Webb, Forrest White. The 10 freshmen come from three different states, including Iowa (4), Illinois (4), and California (2).
The women’s program welcomes eight newcomers for the 2016-17 season. Amelia Armstrong-Grant, Hannah Burvill, Olivia Dopkiss, Allyssa Fluit, Meghan Hackett, Amy Lenderink, Samantha Sauer, Thelma Strandberg each begin their freshmen campaigns this year. This year’s freshmen class comes from all over the map — Colorado, Iowa (2), Illinois, Michigan (2), Great Britain, and Norway.
SWIMMING ACROSS THE POND
This year’s Hawkeye squad features five athletes from five countries outside of the United States. The men’s team features junior Jerzy Twarowski (Poland), redshirt sophomore Kenneth Mende (Germany), and sophomore Jack Smith (England), while the women’s includes freshmen Hannah Burvill (Great Britain) and Thelma Strandberg (Norway).
5 HAWKEYES COMPETE AT 2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
The University of Iowa men’s and women’s swimming program was represented at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, last June. Senior Jackson Halsmer and junior RJ Hemmingsen each competed in the 50-meter free, while Kyle Patnode competed in the 100-meter fly. Meghan Lavelle competed in the 100 and 200-meter back, and Emma Sougstad competed in the 100-meter breast.
IOWA SWIMMING AND DIVING HISTORY
Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level, and in 1937, the Hawkeyes competed at the first NCAA Championships. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top 10 a total of 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten champions.
UI CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
The University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center has been home to the Hawkeyes since August of 2010. The 69 million dollar facility is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and was named the third-best campus student recreation center nationally by Best College Reviews in 2013. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes, and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
A pair of familiar faces have joined the University of Iowa swimming and diving program this season. Instead of racing down the lanes, they’ll be coaching from the deck. UI graduates Richard Salhus (2011) and Roman Trussov (2016) have joined the program as interim assistant coaches. Salhus returns after spending the last five years as assistant coach of the Iowa Flyers Swim Club. He was recently tabbed as the Flyers’ head coach. Trussov was a two-time honorable-mention All-American as a senior last year. He is also the school’s record holder in the 100 breast and 200 breast. Former Hawkeye diver Andrew Hull (2016) is in his first season as a volunteer assistant diving coach for the Hawkeyes.
Following this weekend’s Ohio State Invitational, the Hawkeye women host Iowa State in a home dual at the UI CRWC Natatorium as part of the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Dec. 9.