The University of Iowa swimming and diving team hosts Northwestern for a Big Ten dual Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. It will be Senior Day at the CRWC with the program recognizing its 10 seniors.
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 4-3 dual record (2-1 in Big Ten action) into Saturday’s dual, while the Hawkeye women are 5-4 overall (2-2 in B1G).
LAST TIME OUT
Iowa won four events in South Bend, Indiana, in its first duals of 2017. Senior Emma Sougstad swam to event titles in the 100 breast and 200 IM, while junior Jerzy Twarowski (200 fly) and freshman Thelma Strandberg (1-meter) won individual events.
The Hawkeye women posted a Big Ten dual victory over Illinois (213-87), while falling to Notre Dame (180-117). The UI men fell to No. 21 Notre Dame, 191-106.
HONORING THE SENIORS
The Hawkeyes will honor their 10 seniors prior to Saturday’s dual. Iowa’s senior class includes Brandon Farnum, Taylor Flummerfelt, Kyle Gannon, Jackson Halsmer, Calli Head, Lydia Lehnert, Kyle Patnode, Emma Sougstad, and Serena Wanasek.
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.
• Will Brenner – 1-meter (368.00), 3-meter (357.10)
• Brandis Heffner – 1-meter (350.93), 3-meter (351.85)
• Matt Mauser – 1-meter (309.90), 3-meter (357.00)
• Olivia Dopkiss – 3-meter (291.25)
• Morgan Rafferty – 1-meter (278.40)
• Thelma Strandberg – 1-meter (291.45), 3-meter (307.05)
• Jacintha Thomas – 1-meter (283.20), 3-meter (283.35)
YOU RACE TO WIN
Senior Emma Sougstad has raced to 12 individual victories to lead the Hawkeye women during the 2016-17 season. The Forest City, Iowa, native has won two or more events in five different competitions, including claiming the top times in the 100 breast and 200 IM last weekend at Notre Dame.
The Hawkeyes have gotten a strong performances from their freshman class in 2016-17 as the newcomers are pacing the team in 10 events.
Freshman Hannah Burvill has the top times in the 50, 100, and 200 free, while freshman Allyssa Fluit has the top time in the 500 free. In the diving well, Thelma Strandberg paces the team off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Freshman Michael Tenney has the clocked the top times in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, while Isaak Webb (100 breast) and Weston Credit (200 breast) pace the team in the breaststroke events.
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 Burvill 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.
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.
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).
HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCED GROUP
The Iowa men return 20 letterwinners and adds 10 newcomers for the 2016-17 season. The Hawkeyes return three NCAA qualifiers and top performers in 10-of-14 swimming events, two-of-three diving events, and seven top performers in relays.
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.
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.
RETURNING NCAA QUALIFIERS
The Iowa swimming and diving program returns six NCAA qualifiers from a season ago. Three members of the men’s 200 and 400-medley relays return, including redshirt sophomore Kenneth Mende, sophomore Jack Smith, and junior Jerzy Twarowski. They finished 10th in 200-medley relay (1:26.50) and 21st in 400-medley relay (3:10.06) at NCAA Championships.
The women also return three NCAA qualifiers in Sougstad and senior divers Calli Head and Lydia Lehnert. A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Head comes 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.
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.
The Hawkeyes host their final home competition of the season Feb. 3, welcoming Western Illinois and Northern Iowa to the CRWC Natatorium for a 6 p.m. (CT) dual.