Hawkeyes Host Wisconsin, Northwestern on Senior Day

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The University of Iowa swimming and diving team will host Wisconsin and Northwestern for a Big Ten double dual on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. 
    The Wisconsin women are ranked 14th nationally, while the Badger men come in ranked 24th. 

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The Hawkeyes will recognize 15 seniors prior to Saturday’s dual against Wisconsin and Northwestern. The honorees include: Will Brenner, Michal Brzus, Ben Colin, Olivia Cook, Devin Jacobs, Matt Kamin, Natalie McGovern, Kelly McNamara, Kenneth Mende, Tanner Nelson, Abbey Schneider, Jack Smith, Jacintha Thomas, manager Abbygayle Ammon, and student athletic trainer James Critelli.

“I feel good about the upcoming matchup with Wisconsin and Northwestern. The team as a whole has put in a lot of effort over the past month and we are excited about getting back into the flow of competing. I’m for our teammate Lauren (McDougall) because she is going to be great for this team. She’s already brought so much character (to the team). I’m excited to see both our team and the men’s team put up a fight against big competition. The key to competing the next couple weeks is staying positive and trusting the process.”

“The team and I feel pretty confident for this upcoming meet. We have been doing special things in practice and in the weight room. We’re excited to race Wisconsin because it has been a while since Iowa and Wisconsin last met. The key to performing the next couple of weeks is knowing how to recover properly. We have a dedicated athletic training staff that is ready in the blink of an eye to help us out. School has just started back up, so finding a balance is crucial. We’ve trained for the next moments and meets and I know the boys and I are ready.”

The Hawkeyes have welcomed two new international swimmers to the roster over winter break. Freshman Aleksey Tarasenko of Tashkent, Kasakhstan, and freshman Lauren McDougall of Sydney, Australia, both will compete in the freestyle events for the Hawkeyes and both will be active additions to the roster.

Iowa swept the Big Ten Conference weekly women’s honors after facing Iowa State on December 7. Kelsey Drake was named the Swimmer of the Week, Jayah Mathews the Diver of the Week, and Sam Tamborski the Freshman of the Week. Drake is a current school record holder in the 100 fly.

Seven Hawkeyes currently boast NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards. Sophomore Daniel Swanepoel has qualified for the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:57.56. Senior Kenneth Mende posted a 1:44.25 in the 200 back on day two of the invitational. Joe Myhre holds the 100 free standard with a time of 43.76. Freshman Mateusz Arndt also holds the 500 free standard with a time of 4:23.31. Junior Hannah Burvill holds the 50 free (26.62), 500 free (4:44.24), and 200 free (1:45.97) qualifying standards. Sophomore Kelsey Drake also owns a standard in the 100 fly with a school record time of 53.12. 

Three school records fell during the Hawkeye Invitational from both Kelsey Drake and Hannah Burvill. Drake took down the 100 fly record in a time of 53.12 seconds, while Burvill demolished the 50 free record in a time of 22.55 seconds while leading off the 200 free relay. She previously broke the record that same night in 22.62 seconds. Burvill also broke the 500 free record in a time of 4:44.24. 

• The Hawkeye women defeated the Illinois for their second Big Ten win, but fell to 12th-ranked Notre Dame.  The men’s meet against the Fighting Irish was cancelled. 
• The Hawkeye men and women placed third respectively  among their fields in the Hawkeye Invitational. Daniel Swanepoel, Joe Myhre, Kenneth Mende, Hannah Burvill, and Kelsey Drake all posted NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times. 
• 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.

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.

Iowa returns seven NCAA qualifiers from a season ago. Four  members of the men’s 200 and 400-free relays return, including juniors Will Scott and Joe Myhre, and seniors Jack Smith and Matt Kamin. They finished 16th overall in the 200-free relay (1:17.50) to earn All-America honors and placed 23rd in the 400-free relay (2:51.58). 
    The women also return two NCAA qualifiers in juniors Hannah Burvill and  diver Thelma Strandberg. A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Strandberg comes off the 2017-18 season with the third-best platform performance in school history (248.80).  The Norway native placed 35th at the NCAA Championships with a dive of 221.90. Burvill placed 31st in the 200 free (1:45.70) and 37th in the 100 free with a school record of 48.94. 

The University of Iowa will serve as the host institution for the men’s 2019 Big Ten Championships. This will be the first time Iowa has hosted the meet since 2015. The Hawkeyes will also host the 2020 women’s Big Ten Championships and the 2021 men’s NCAA Championships.

Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level, and in 1937, the Hawkeyes competed at the first NCAA Championships.  From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top 10 a total of 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten champions.