The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will host Iowa State in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup Friday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. (CT).
The Hawkeye Invitational yeilded multiple school records and numerous season and career best times for both men’s and women’s teams. Junior Hannah Burvill swam lights out from start to finish, beginning with a school record in the morning prelims in the 50 free. She posted a qualifying time of 22.62, breaking Emma Sougstad’s record of 22.63. She then upped the ante, breaking her own mark during her lead leg of the 200-free relay on day one, finishing with a time of 22.55. Her times in the 50 free, 500 free, and 200 free relay all met NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards.
Sophomore Kelsey Drake swam a school record, career best, and NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time of 53.12 in the 100 fly on day two of the invite. Drake dropped .38 seconds to break the record.
Iowa has won the last eight Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series meetings over Iowa State. Last year, the Hawkeyes won 12 of 16 events and outscored the Cyclones, 172.5-127.5. The last time the Cyclones posted a victory in the series was 2009 — a 166-133 win in Ames.
DIVING CONTINUES TO SHINE
Sophomore Jayah Mathews (335.10) and freshman Sam Tamborski (308.00) dove to first and third place finishes, respectively, on the 3-meter, while senior Will Brenner placed second for the men on the 1-meter with a score of 364.65 on day two of the Hawkeye Invitational. Mathews swept the springboard events at the invite, which led to her being named the Big Ten Diver of the Week.
Junior Thelma Strandberg led the way on the platform with a career-best score of 254.70 on day three. This score also qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Sophomore Jonatan Posligua (331.20) dove to a fifth place and career-best score on the platform.
DIVING TO ZONE STANDARDS
Two men’s divers — Anton Hoherz and Will Brenner — and three women’s divers — Jayah Mathews, Sam Tamborski, and Thelma Strandberg — have posted NCAA Zone Diving Standard times this season. Hoherz has reached zone standards in all three events, Brenner, Mathews, and Tamborski have off the 1-meter and 3-meter, and Strandberg has off the platform.
Freshman Mateusz Arndt swam season bests in the 500 free (4:23.31) and 1,650 free (15:26.79). His mile time moved him into the Iowa record books at No. 7 in the 1,650 free. Sophomore Daniel Swanepoel took fifth in the 100 breast in a season-best time of 54.39 on day two, solidifying the top spot on the team. Sophomore Jackson Kuhlers (49.85) swam to a season-best in the 100 fly, while freshmen Anze Fers Erzen (3:54.30) Dolan Craine (4:00.96) placed fourth and eighth in the 400 IM ‘A’ final, all posting career-best times. Sophomore Sarah Schemmel swam a season-best 50.15 in the 100 free, while also swimming a career best time in the 50 free (23.06).
School record holder Jack Smith ranks third amongst the team freestyle ranks in the 50 free (20.18) and 100 free (44.36). Iowa native Ben Colin swam a career-best 9:28.76 in the 1,000 free at the Hawkeye Invitational and ranks fourth among the team in the 500 free (4:28.94) and 1,650 free (16:04.77). Senior Tanner Nelson also swam a season-best in the 100 breast in a time of 55.50, ranking second on the team. Poland native Michal Brzus has been a crucial part of the medley relays this season, while also posting the second-fastest 100 fly time in 49.13 seconds.
– Both the men and women placed third at the Hawkeye Invitational, tallying 82 total career bests; 47 (M), 35 (W). The men are now 3-2 in dual meets, while the women are 2-3.
– The seven Hawkeyes who participated in the ACC/B1G Challenge either tied their season bests or shattered previous, helping the Big Ten Conference to both men’s and women’s team victories. This was the first meet where all team members wore fastskins.
– The Hawkeyes swam to a number of season-bests, but fell to No. 7 Michigan in their double dual on Nov. 2-3 in Iowa City. The men’s team defeated Denver by a landslide, but were overcome by the Wolverines despite the team success. Junior Joe Myhre led the way with two individual wins in the 50 free and 100 free against Michigan.
– The Hawkeye men narrowly lost to No. 21 Minnesota after a near comeback after the 400 IM. Iowa finished the meet just 17 points back in the road loss. Junior Joe Myhre and freshman Anze Fers Erzen powered the comeback effort with individual wins.
– 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.
– 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.