SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Iowa swimming and diving team produced four individual victories — three in the pool and one in the diving well — Friday in its first competition of 2017 at the Rolfs Aquatics Center at Notre Dame.
The Hawkeye women split a pair of duals, posting a Big Ten Conference victory over Illinois (213-87) and falling to the Fighting Irish, 180-117. The UI men fell to 21st-ranked Notre Dame, 191-106.
Senior Emma Sougstad produced two of Iowa’s victories by swimming to event titles in the 100 breast (1:02.09) and 200 IM (2:03.46). They were the Forest City, Iowa, native’s 10th and 11th individual wins this season.
Sougstad also finished as runner-up in two additional events, placing second in the 200 breast (2:16.93) and as a member of the 200-medley relay (1:42.53). She was joined on the relay by juniors Meghan Lavelle and Mekenna Scheitlin and freshman Hannah Burvill.
The Hawkeyes’ third and fourth wins came from a junior and freshman. Junior Jerzy Twarowski posted the men’s lone victory, swimming to a first-place finish in the 200 fly (1:49.34), while freshman Thelma Strandberg placed first off the 1-meter springboard with a career-best score of 291.45.
Twarowski also finished second in the 100 fly in 48.28 seconds.
Lavelle added to her second-place finish in the 200-medley relay by posting a pair of top-three finishes in the two backstroke events. She was the runner-up in the 200 back in 2:01.24 and third in the 100 back in 55.58.
The Hawkeye women also got runner-up finishes from Burvill in the 200 free (1:49.95), junior Tereysa Lehnertz in the 100 fly (55.53) and 200 fly (2:01.74), and Scheitlin in the 50 free (23.50). Iowa’s 400-free relay of Burvill, Allyssa Fluit, Carly O’Brien, and Amelia Armstrong-Grant closed out the dual with a second-place showing in the 200-free relay in 3:27.92.
The freshmen were the story for the Iowa men.
Michael Tenney produced a pair of runner-up finishes in the distance free events, placing second in both the 500 free (4:32.82) and 1,000 free (9:30.51). The 1,000 free time is the best by a Hawkeye this season.
Freshman Joe Myhre swam to three second-place finishes. He touched in 1:40.14 in the 200 free, 45.10 in the 100 free, and was a member of the runner-up 400-free relay (2:59.80) that swam the team’s second-best time of the season. He was joined on the relay by sophomore Jack Smith, freshman Will Scott, and senior Jackson Halsmer.
Iowa also got runner-up showings from sophomore Kenneth Mende in the 100 back (49.92) and senior Brandis Heffner off the 3-meter springboard (323.55).
Iowa returns to action Jan. 21, hosting Northwestern on Senior Day at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The team’s 10 seniors will be recognized prior to the start of the dual.