By ANDREW BREITFELDER
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will send nine student-athletes to Dallas to compete at the SMU Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center.
The classic features swimmers Allyssa Fluit, Devin Jacobs, Sarah Schemmel, Kelly McNamara, Kelsey Drake, Hannah Burvill, Lexi Horner, and Samantha Sauer. The diving team will travel Jayah Mathews.
This will be the first invite appearance for the Hawkeyes this season, facing top competition from across the country.
“There will be Olympians at this meet with multiple top 10 teams, which is a great opportunity to expose our team to the highest level of competition possible at its earliest phase,” said Iowa head coach Marc Long. “It is early in our schedule but this will give us a strong base moving forward.”
This marks the first time Iowa has attended the event, and the sole women-only invite of the season.
“I’m excited for the competition — the NCAA champion in the 100 fly that will be there,” said Drake. “It will be challenging for me and the other girls traveling, but I’m excited to have that challenge. As a team this invite will help us improve.”
The first session will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT), while Saturday’s session will begin at 1 p.m. Other teams competing include SMU, USC, Virginia, Miami, and Louisville.
Live results and video will be available at hawkeyesports.com.