The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosts Iowa State on Friday night at the UI CRWC Natatorium beginning at 6 p.m. (CT). Friday night’s dual is part of the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
Fans can follow this week’s action by visiting the live stats link on the swimming and diving schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
On Friday, there will be free beach balls for the first 100 fans in attendance. Fans can also enter a raffle to win one-of-three $100 ethanol gift cards, presented by Iowa Corn.
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Iowa is 27-11 against Iowa State all-time. The Hawkeyes have won the last six dual matchups over the Cyclones, including a 198-101 victory last season in Ames, Iowa.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK SERIES
The 2016-17 academic year marks the sixth year Iowa Corn has sponsored the Cy-Hawk Series, which tracks the head-to-head match-ups between the two universities, with each victory earning points toward the overall series championship. Iowa Corn developed the CORN: IT’S EVERYTHING campaign to educate consumers about all the amazing things that come from corn. Corn is used to make more than 4,000 everyday products — everything from bacon cheeseburgers, to soap and lipstick, fireworks and even fuel for your vehicle. It all contains corn and is grown by farmers in our great state.
HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCED GROUP
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
Facing the likes of five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and No. 1 Stanford, along with No. 23 Kentucky and No. 24 Ohio State among others, the Hawkeyes posted 18 top-10 finishes, while 16 Hawkeyes swam career bests at the Ohio State Invitational. Senior Emma Sougstad swam season bests, posting NCAA ‘B’ cut times in four individual events (200 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 200 breast). She was Iowa’s top finisher in all four events, leading the Hawkeyes to a fifth place finish out of the 10-team field.
HAWKEYES RAKING IN B1G HONORS
Midway into the season, four 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.
Junior Tereysa Lehnertz, sophomore 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.
NCAA “B” QUALIFIERS ARE EVERYWHERE
A total of five Hawkeyes have posted NCAA ‘B’ cut times in at least one event this season — Sougstad (50 free, 100 and 200 breast, 100 fly), freshman Hannah Burvill (50, 100, and 200 free), junior Mekenna Schietlin (50 free, 100 fly), sophomore Tereysa Lehnertz (100 and 200 fly), and junior Meghan Lavelle (100 and 200 back).
SOUGSTAD SWIMS TO 2 SCHOOL RECORDS
At last month’s Ohio State Invitational, senior Emma Sougstad swam to the fastest times in program history in the 100 fly (53.30) and as a member of the 200-medley relay (1:39.15) — she now owns a total of nine shcool records. Sougstad was also a member of Iowa’s 400-medley relay team that posted the second-fastest time in school history (3:37.91).
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 50 (22.84), 100 (49.22), and 200 (1:46.29) — all three times meet NCAA provisional standards. Her times in the 100 and 200 free rank first and second all-time at Iowa, while her time in the 50 ranks third.
DIVING TO NCAA ZONE STANDARDS
Four Hawkeye divers have posted NCAA Zone diving standards this season. Junior Morgan Rafferty (278.40), sophomore Jacintha Thomas (283.20), and freshman Thelma Baatz-Strandberg (288.65) have all posted qualifying scores off the 1-meter. 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 three NCAA qualifiers from a season ago — senior swimmer Emma Sougstad and senior divers Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert. Sougstad was an NCAA qualifier in three events — 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM — in both 2015 and 2016. Head is a two-time NCAA qualifier and is coming 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.
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 Friday night’s dual against Iowa State, the Hawkeye women travel to South Bend, Indiana, for a triple dual against Illinois and Notre Dame. The two-day event begins on Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. (CT).