The University of Iowa swimming and diving team will compete for the first time in 2017 on Thursday and Friday in South Bend, Indiana. The Hawkeye men’s team will swim in a dual against No. 21 Notre Dame, while the UI women will compete in a double-dual against Notre Dame and Illinois. Action begins at 4 p.m. (CT) Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday at the Rolfs Acquatics Center.
Fans can follow this week’s action by visiting the live results link on the swimming and diving schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
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The Iowa men’s team brings a 4-2 dual record (2-1 in Big Ten action) into South Bend, Indiana, while the Hawkeye women are 4-3 overall (1-2 in B1G). The Hawkeyes will get a rematch against Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish handed both squads a loss (men – 151-72; women – 154-69) in the season-opening dual in East Lansing, Michigan.
LAST TIME OUT
The Iowa women’s team won 14-of-16 events en route to a 197-101 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series victory over Iowa State on Dec. 9 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes posted 19 season-bests and 11 career-bests in the victory — the seventh straight in the series against the Cyclones.
SWIMMING TO NCAA STANDARDS
Ten Iowa swimmers have posted NCAA “B” qualifying standards in 10 events thus far in the 2016-17 season.
• Kenneth Mende – 100 back (48.46), 200 back (1:45.23)
• Will Scott – 50 free (20.17)
• Jack Smith – 50 free (20.04)
• Jerzy Twarowski – 100 fly (47.77), 200 fly (1:47.26)
• Hannah Burvill – 50 free (22.84), 100 free (49.22), 200 free (1:46.29)
• Shea Hoyt – 100 breast (1:02.09), 200 breast (2:14.88)
• Meghan Lavelle – 100 back (54.09), 200 back (1:58.35)
• Tereysa Lehnertz – 100 fly (54.13), 200 fly (1:59.04)
• Mekenna Scheitlin – 50 free (22.86), 100 fly (53.95)
• Emma Sougstad – 50 free (22.92), 100 breast (59.51), 200 breast (2:11.84), 100 fly (53.30), 200 IM (1:59.76)
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 Strandberg (288.65) have all posted qualifying scores off the 1-meter. Heffner (351.85), Brenner (357.10), Mauser (357.00), Thomas (283.35), Strandberg (307.05), and freshman Olivia Dopkiss (291.25) have each recorded qualifying scores on the 3-meter.
HAWKEYES RAKING IN B1G HONORS
Seven different Hawkeyes have earned Big Ten Conference weekly honors during the 2016-17 season.
The Iowa women swept the weekly honors Dec. 14 with senior Emma Sougstad being named the Swimmer of the Week, freshman Thelma Strandberg the Diver of the Week, and freshman Hannah Burvill the Freshman of the Week.
They were the second honors of the season for Sougstad and Burvill. Sougstad was the Co-Swimmer of the Week Nov. 2 after swimming to two first-place finishes in the road dual at Minnesota, while Burville was recognized Oct. 5 following her performance at Michigan State.
Senior Brandis Heffner (Diver of the Week), junior Tereysa Lehnertz (Swimmer of the Week), sophomore Jack Smith (Swimmer of the Week), and sophomore Jacintha Thomas (Diver of the Week) 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 50 (22.84), 100 (49.22), and 200 (1:46.29). She holds the school record in the 100 free and ranks in the top three in school history in all three events.
Senior Emma Sougstad holds University of Iowa school record in nine events — five indivually and in four relays. The Forest City, Iowa, native has the top time in program history in the 50 free (22.63), 100 breast (59.00), 200 breast (2:10.81), 100 fly (53.30), and 200 IM (1:57.55) and as part of the 200 free (1:30.96), 400 free (3:20.58), 200-medley (1:39.15), and 400-medley (3:36.72) relays.
The Hawkeyes will host Northwestern on Jan. 21 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. Iowa will recognize its senior class prior to the meet, which will begin at 11 a.m. (CT).