The University of Iowa swimming and diving teams travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, on Nov. 3 for its first road matchup of the season. The Friday night dual against Purdue is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CT). The Boilermaker women’s squad is ranked 16th in the country, while the men are ranked 23rd.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Iowa mens swimming and diving team beat its first ranked opponent on Oct. 27. The Hawkeyes downed 21st-ranked Minnesota, 162-138.
Four Hawkeyes posted multiple victories – Kenneth Mende (3), Jerzy Twarowski (3), Jack Smith (2), and Joe Myhre (2). Daniel Swanepoel, Michael Tenney, Michal Brzus, Will Scott, Will Brenner, and Anton Hoherz each posted one win. Hoherz’s 3-meter diving score of 383.50 ranks third all-time in school history. Smith and Twarowski posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 50 free (20.17) and 100 fly (48.06).
Sophomore freestyler Hannah Burvill finished second in four events — 200 free (1:48.38), 100 free (50.51), 500 free (4:53.79), and the 400-free relay (3:24.83) to lead Hawkeye women.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter with a career-best score of 307.60 — the seventh-best score in school history, while Jayah Mathews took her first career win off the 3-meter with a 315.00 — a performance that ranks 10th all-time. Both divers posted qualifying standards off both the 1-meter and 3-meter.
Anton Hoherz dove to victories with NCAA standards off the 1-meter (340.50) and 3-meter (383.50). The 3-meter score is third in school history, while 1-meter ranks seventh. Will Brenner’s score of 353.65 against Minnesota ranks fifth all-time in the UI record books. Kenneth Mende’s 100 back time of 48.59 against Minnesota ranks seventh all-time in the UI record books.
IOWA’S NCAA STANDARDS
Jack Smith – 50 free (20.17)
Jerzy Twarowski – 100 fly (48.06)
IOWA’S NCAA ZONE DIVING STANDARDS
Will Brenner – 1-meter (353.65), 3-meter (360.90)
Anton Hoherz – 1-meter (340.50), 3-meter (383.50)
Matt Mauser – 3-meter (353.15)
Jonatan Posligua – 3-meter (320.20)
Jayah Mathews – 1-meter (280.55), 3-meter (315.00)
Thelma Strandberg – 1-meter (293.95)
Jacintha Thomas – 1-meter (307.60), 3-meter (304.00)
Morgan Rafferty – 1-meter (288.70), Morgan Rafferty (297.50)
B1G ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
On Oct. 11, three Hawkeyes received Big Ten Weekly honors. Junior Jacintha Thomas was named Big Ten Diver of the week, while sophomore Joe Myhre was tabbed as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week. Freshman Anton Hoherz received both the Big Ten Diver of the Week and Freshman of the Week.
Sophomore freestyler Hannah Burvill won four events against Michigan State and Northern Iowa. She touched in at 1:49.83 to win the 200 free and followed that up with victories in the 100 free (50.67) and 500 free (4:56.81). Burvill also placed first as part of the 400-free relay.
HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCED GROUP
The Iowa men’s and women’s swimming and diving program returns 21 letterwinners each and welcomes a total of 16 freshmen to the 2017-18 season. The Hawkeyes return four all-time top performers — Jack Smith (100 free), Jerzy Twarowski (100, 200 fly), Hannah Burvill (100 free), and Will Brenner (1-meter).
Smith received men’s Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Week honors on Oct. 5, 2016, last season. Burvill also received women’s Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Week recognition three times last season (Oct. 5, 2016)(Dec. 14, 2016)(Jan. 25, 2017), while two returning divers noched Big Ten Diver of the Week honors in 2016 — Jacintha Thomas (Oct. 5, 2016), and Thelma Strandberg (Dec. 14, 2016).
SMITH CARRIES POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE INTO 2017-18
Junior Jack Smith broke the 100 freestyle record with a prelim swim of 43.15 seconds at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. The England native finished 12th overall in the event, finishing with a time of 43.29 seconds in the finals. He posted a NCAA “B” qualifying time in the 50 free, touching in at 20.17 in the home dual meet against Minnesota.
RETURNING NCAA QUALIFIER
The Iowa swimming and diving program returns one NCAA qualifier from last season. Sophomore diver Thelma Strandberg returns for her second season following her debut performance at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The Norway native qualified via a 11th-place finish at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships while recording a career-best score of 242.30 during the prelims at the Zone meet.
Eight newcomers are set to join the men’s swimming and diving program this year, including Michal Brzus, Anton Hoherz, Jackson Kuhlers, Thomas Pederson, Jonatan Posligua, Jacob Rosenkoetter, Tom Schab, and Daniel Swanepoel. The eight freshmen come from four different countries — Africa, Ecuador, Poland, and the United States — and four different states, including Iowa, California, Texas (2), and Minnesota.
The women’s program welcomes eight newcomers for the 2017-18 season. Kelsey Drake, Mallory Fox, Morgan Grout, Lexi Horner, Jayah Mathews, Sage Ohlensehlen, Claire Park, and Sarah Schemmel each begin their freshmen campaigns this year. Five newcomers hail from Iowa, while Fox is from Wisconsin, Grout is from Indiana, and Mathews is from Australia.
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.
FORMER HAWKEYE ASHLEY DELL JOINS COACHING STAFF
University of Iowa graduate and former volunteer assistant coach Ashley Dell was named an assistant coach with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program this past June. Dell rejoined the staff following stints at George Washington (2011-14) and Southern Methodist (SMU)(2014-17). Dell also spent two seasons as a volunteer coach at the University of Iowa from 2009-11. A member of the Iowa women’s program from 2005-2009, Dell was a two-year team captain for the Hawkeyes. She is an all-time top-10 performer in the 500, 1,000, and 1,650-yard freestyle events.
The Hawkeye diving team will travel to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Diving Invitational from Nov. 9-11. The Iowa swimming squad will take almost four weeks off before competing in the Minnesota Jean Freeman Invitational from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Minneapolis.