The University of Iowa swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis to compete against nationally ranked Minnesota and South Dakota State on Saturday at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Action begins at 11 a.m. (CT). The Gopher men are ranked 21st in the TYR/CSCAA rankings, while the Minnesota women are 16th.
HAWKEYES START SEASON STRONG
Iowa opened its season a pair of dual victories at Michigan State with the men’s team posting a 193-98 win over the Spartans, while the Hawkeye women posted a 160-138 victory. The Hawkeye women also tallied a fourth-place finish at the SMU Classic, finishing behind No. 8 Louisville, No. 11 USC, and No. 10 Virginia.
HEARING FROM SENIOR MATT KAMIN
“We want to race fast and we’re focused on getting the win. We’ve trained in high volumes to prepare for meet season, and as we go along through the season we’ll keep that same intensity. There are a lot of good things to look at for this weekend against Minnesota and SDSU. Our mentality is to simply send it and give our all.”
HEARING FROM SENIOR KELLY MCNAMARA
“We’re excited for another meet after a pause since SMU (Classic). We have a lot coming up now so we’re looking forward to racing again after doing a lot of training.”
The Iowa men raced to a 162-138 victory over 21st-ranked Minnesota last season at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Hawkeyes won 10 of 16 events in the dual. • The Hawkeye men went 2-1 against ranked opponents last season, downing No. 21 Minnesota and No. 23 Purdue and falling to 20th-ranked Notre Dame.
NEWCOMERS STEP UP
Freshmen Mateusz Arndt and Anze Fers Erzen have made an immediate impacts for the Hawkeyes early in the 2018-19 season. Arndt is leading the team in the 200, 500, and 1,000 free, while Fers Erzen has the top time in the 200 back. Fellow freshman Matjaz Rozman also ranks second in the 100 fly behind Junior Michael Tenney.
BURVILL WITH THE EARLY LEAD
Junior Hannah Burvill — a returning NCAA qualifier — is leading the team in five individual events while being part of four of the top relays. The England native has Iowa’s top times in the 200, 500, and 1,000 free, while also boasting the top times in the 100 and 200 back.
Three sophomores on the women’s team — Sarah Schemmel, Lexi Horner, and Kelsey Drake have top times in seven events. Schemmel has sprinted to the top times in the 50 and 100 free, Horner leads the way in the 100 and 200 breast, and Drake has the top marks in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM.
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