Hawkeyes Conclude Competition at OSU Invitational

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Iowa swimming and diving program wrapped up competition at the Ohio State Invitational on Sunday night at OSU’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
As a team, the Hawkeye men placed fifth with 375.5 points, while the women tallied 375 points to also place fifth. Meet host and 22nd-ranked Ohio State won on the men’s side, while No. 1 Stanford took first on the women’s side.
Individually, the Hawkeyes totaled 10 top-10 finishes and three NCAA B-cut times.
Freshman Hannah Burvill capped off a strong weekend in the pool by sprinting to a fifth place finish in the ‘A’ final of the 100 free (49.71).  Fellow freshman Allyssa Fluit took second in the ‘B’ final of the 100 free, touching in a personal-best 50.60.  Burvill and Fluit also teamed up in the 400-free relay, joining senior Emma Sougstad and junior Carly O’Brien, to capture sixth place in a team-best 3:22.65.
Additional highlights for the women include another strong performance from Sougstad, this time in the 200 breast.  She led the Hawkeyes, touching fifth in the ‘A’ final with a season best 2:11.84 — a NCAA ‘B’ cut time.  Junior Tereysa Lehnertz posted a ‘B’ cut in the 200 fly, finishing in 1:59.04 to win the ‘B’ final and place 11th, respectively.
The men had a strong showing in the 100 free, notching a pair of top-10 finishes.  Sophomore Jack Smith swam a season-best 44.53 to place seventh, while fellow sophomore Matt Kamin came in at 45.17 to take 10th.  Senior Jackson Halsmer (45.11) and freshman Will Scott (45.47) swam in the ‘B’ final, finishing 15th and 19th overall.
Junior Jerzy Twarowski was Iowa’s top finisher in the 200 fly, placing sixth in the ‘A’ final with a time of 1:48.24.
Sophomore Kenneth Mende recorded his second individual top-10 finish of the weekend on Sunday.  He swam to a sixth-place finish in the 200 back, touching in 1:46.76.  Junior Thomas Rathbun (1:49.26) and freshman Forrest White (1:49.66) competed in the ‘B’ final of the 200 back, placing 16th and 18th overall.
The quartet of Kamin, Smith, Scott, and Halsmer led the Hawkeyes in the 400-free relay, placing fifth in a time of 2:58.43 — Iowa’s fastest time this season.
Senior Calli Head and freshman Thelma Baatz-Strandberg both competed in the platform dive on Sunday, placing fifth (221.55) and ninth (192.70), respectively.  On the men’s side of the event, no Hawkeyes competed.
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.  The men return to action following winter break, when they head to South Bend, Indiana, for a triple dual against Notre Dame and Big Ten foe Illinois from Jan 12-13.