IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team posted a 198-102 Big Ten dual victory over Illinois on Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The Hawkeye women fell to 22nd-ranked Notre Dame, 217-80, and the Iowa men fell to the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish, 187-113.
The relay team of Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Meghan Hackett, and Mekenna Scheitlin swam to a second place finish in the 200-medley relay to start the day, while the quartet of Meghan Lavelle, Sage Ohlensehlen, Kelly McNamara and Samantha Sauer touched in at 1:44.91 for a season-best and a fourth place finish.
On the men’s side, Stefan Fiolic, Tanner Nelson, RJ Hemmingsen, and Will Scott locked a fourth place finish with a time of 1:34.27 in the 200 medley.
QUOTING COACH MARC LONG
“It was great to get the win over Illinois; we had some great racing out there today. Notre Dame we knew would be a challenge with both their men’s and women’s teams being ranked. We saw great things in the diving well, and I think when we break it down we saw many good things. All in all I am proud of how they came together.”
The men posted two wins Saturday, sophomore Joe Myhre provided the Hawkeyes a victory in the 100 free with a time of 44.45, while the quartet Scott, Myhre, Matt Kamin and Jack Smith finished with a win in the 400-free relay, touching in at 2:57.99
Sophomore Forrest White swam to a season-best time of 50.48 in the 100 back, finishing fourth in the event. Junior Kenneth Mende would finish second in the event with a time of 48.91. White also went on to swim another season-best in the 200 back, touching in at 1:49.75 to finish third.
Freshman Daniel Swanepoel swam to a runner-up finish in the 100 breast with a time of 56.97. Michael Tenney swam to a runner-up finish to lead Iowa in the 200 fly, the sophomore touched in at 1:48.52. Tenney went on to another runner-up finish in the 200 IM, with a 1:53.12 time.
Junior’s Jack Smith, Michal Brzus and Matt Kamin finished 2-3-4 in the 50 free with times of 20.54, 20.69 and 20.77, respectively.
In the diving well, senior Matt Mauser finished second off the 1-meter springboard with a career-best zone-standard score of 340.95 to lead the Hawkeyes. Freshman Anton Hoherz and junior Will Brenner finished third and fourth with zone-standard scores of 318.60 and 318.55.
Hoherz finished with a zone-standard dive off the platform, scoring a season-best 356.65.
The Hawkeye women clinched their second Big Ten win of the season today. Sophomore Hannah Burvill swam to two runner-up finishes — the 500 free (5:00.52) and the 1000 free (10:12.01).
Kelly McNamara also finished runner-up in the 100 fly, the junior touched in at 55.51. Sophomore Allyssa Fluit led the Hawkeyes in the 200 free, finishing fourth with a time of 1:52.09. Senior Shea Hoyt swam to a third place finish in the 100 breast, touching in at 1:04.81.
Senior Meghan Lavelle and junior Devin Jacobs would finish fourth and fifth in the 200 IM, touching in at 2:09.18 and 2:10.04, respectively.
In the diving well, freshman Jayah Mathews dove to a third place finish off the 3-meter springboard with a score of 285.90. Sophomore Thelma Strandberg dove to a season-best zone-standard of 248.20 off the platform.
The Hawkeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois, next Saturday, January 20, for a Big Ten dual against Northwestern. The meet will begin 11 a.m. (CT).
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