Hawkeye Men Down No. 23 Purdue; Women Put Up Fight Against 16th-ranked Boilermakers

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team posted its second straight victory over a ranked foe, downing No. 23 Purdue, 152-148, on Friday night at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Hawkeye men are 3-0 — all in Big Ten action — this season.  The Iowa women put up a valiant effort against the 16th-ranked Boilermakers, but fell, 176-123.  The Hawkeye women are 2-2.   
Iowa won 13 events on the evening — eight by the men and five by the women.  The men had one 1-2-3 finish and two 1-2 finishes, while the Hawkeye women went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.
The men’s team trailed 146-137 heading into the final event — the 400-free relay — but the Hawkeyes posted a 1-2 finish to close in a flurry to pick up the dual victory.
Iowa’s Will Scott, Matt Kamin, RJ Hemmingsen, and Joe Myhre picked up the victory, finishing with a 3:01.06.  The Hawkeyes finished second in the event with Michal Brzus, Jerzy Twarowski, Forrest White, and Jack Smith touching in 3:01.26.
Along with his runner-up finish in the 400-free relay, Twarowski swam to three more Hawkeye victories.  He was a member of the winning 200-medley relay with Kenneth Mende, Daniel Swanepoel, and Smith that touched in 1:29.59. He also won the 100 fly with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 47.85 seconds and 200 fly in 1:48.65.
Sophomore Michael Tenney finished as the runner-up to Twarowski in the 200 fly with a 1:49.50.
Smith won the 100 free in 45.22 and was a part of the 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.  He was the runner-up with a time of 1:39.70.  Mende won his second and third events in the 100 back (48.85) and 200 back (1:46.56), and Will Scott sprinted to a victory in the 50 free (20.48).
The Hawkeyes went 1-2-3 in the 50 free with Brzus (20.49) and Hemmingsen (20.86) finishing second and third, respectively.
In the diving well, freshman Anton Hoherz and sophomore Will Brenner finished second and third to Olympic silver medalist Steele Johnson off the 3-meter.  Hoherz finished with a career-best score of 387.50, while Brenner had a career-best 366.35.
“It was an exciting Big Ten meet and a fun win. I am proud of how hard we fought and gutted it out. We’re eager to continue improving and working hard for December and the championship season in February and March.”
A week after missing out on any event wins against Minnesota, the Hawkeye women swam to five victories against the 16th-ranked Boilermakers.  Four of the wins came on the swimming side, while freshman Jayah Mathews was victorious off the 1-meter in the diving well.
Sophomore Hannah Burvill was Iowa’s top performer, swimming to victories in the 100 free (50.40) and 200 free (1:48.82).  The England native was also the runner-up in the 500 free (4:55.30) and as a member of the 400-free relay (3:26.14), along with Allyssa Fluit, Carly O’Brien, and Nikol Lagodzinska.
Senior Meghan Lavelle backstroked her way to two wins, the first coming in the 100 back (55.74), while senior Jo Jekel was the runner-up in 56.58 seconds.  She also touched first in the 200 back (2:00.43). 
Mathews dove to the Hawkeyes final win, finishing with a 296.40 off the 1-meter.
Iowa also posted a plethora of runner-up showings.  The 200-medley relay of Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Mekenna Scheitlin, and Sarah Schemmel touched in 1:43.49.
Scheitlin placed second in the 50 free (23.66), freshman Lexi Horner was runner-up in the 200 breast (2:18.23), junior Kelly McNamara was second in the 100 fly (54.76), and freshman Kelsey Drake finished second in the 200 IM (2:05.32). 
“Of course we want to win, but I am very proud of our effort in this meet. We stepped up, won events, and performed well against the 16th-ranked team in the country. The vibe and energy on the deck was amazing. We grew as a team and we’re excited for the future.”
The Iowa divers will return to action Nov. 9-11 at the Minnesota Diving Invitational, while the swimming team will compete at the Minnesota Jean Freeman Invitational from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
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