10 Top 10’s Highlight Opening Day of OSU Invitational

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Competing against a field rich in talent, the University of Iowa swimming and diving program notched 10 top-10 finishes on the opening day of competition at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
Facing the likes of five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Stanford, along with meet host Ohio State, Kentucky, Yale, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Utah, Washington State, and Kenyon College, the Hawkeyes finished the day in fourth place in the men’s team standings with 134 points and in fifth place in the women’s team race with 84 points.
Individually, the Hawkeyes totaled five NCAA ‘B’-cut times.
The Hawkeye women notched two top-10 finishes in the 200-free relay led by the quartet of senior Emma Sougstad, freshman Hannah Burvill, junior Mekenna Scheitlin, and freshman Allyssa Fluit.  The relay swam to a fifth-place finish, touching in a time of 1:31.73 — the fourth-fastest time in program history.
The men posted two top-10 finishes in the 200-free relay as well.  The quartet of freshman Will Scott, sophomores Jack Smith and Matt Kamin, and senior Jackson Halsmer sprinted to a time of 1:19.63 — Iowa’s fastest relay time of the year.
Three Hawkeyes finished in the top 10 of the men’s 50 free, led by Smith, who took fourth place with a NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 20:04.  Scott (20:30) and Kamin (20:54) each swam season bests in the event, finishing seventh and 10th, respectively.
Iowa’s final two top-10 finishes in the pool came in the 400-medley relay.  Both the men and women swam to sixth-place finishes in their fields. The men’s quartet of sophomore Kenneth Mende, freshman Weston Credit, junior Jerzy Twarowski, and Smith touched in 3:16.11.  The women’s relay, featuring junior Meghan Lavelle, Sougstad, junior Tereysa Lehnertz, and Burvill touched in 3:37.91.
Sophomore Will Brenner led the Hawkeye divers with a ninth place performance in the 1-meter (304.95).
Fluit, Iowa’s only finalist in the 500 free, placed eighth in the ‘D’ final with a time of 4:55.07 — the 10th-fastest time in school history.
Burvill swam to her third NCAA ‘B’ cut, leading five Hawkeye finalists in the 50 free and placing first in the ‘B’ final with a team-best 22.84. Scheitlin followed right behind Burvill to capture second place in the ‘B’ final with a career-best 23.01.
Sougstad placed fourth in the ‘B’ final of the 200 IM and 14th overall, touching in a NCAA ‘B’ standard time of 2:00.38.
The Hawkeyes return to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the second day of the Ohio State Invitational on Saturday.  Prelims begin at 9 a.m. (CT) with finals beginning at 5 p.m.