Iowa Heads to Shamrock Invitational

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The University of Iowa swimming and diving team will travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, on Friday and Saturday. The Hawkeyes have participated in the invitational for seven of the past nine years. The championship-style meet will be the final road competition for the men’s team until the NCAA Championships in March. 

Notre Dame (M/W), Iowa (M/W), Ohio State (M/W), Akron (W), Missouri State (M).


Friday – Session I – 9 a.m. (CT)
200-free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400-medley relay

Friday – Session II – 4 p.m. (CT)
200-medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800-free relay, 3-meter diving, 1-meter diving

Saturday – Session III – 10:15 a.m. (CT)
1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400-free relay, 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving

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The Hawkeyes have competed at the Shamrock Invitational three times in the past four seasons, including posting a first-place finish in 2014-15. Iowa finished second in 2015-16 and third last year. 

The women fell to No. 12 Notre Dame, 204-95, on Jan. 11 in Champaign, Illinois, despite strong performances from Devin Jacobs, Kelsey Drake, and Hannah Burvill, and the arrival of freshman Lauren McDougall. The Iowa-Notre Dame men’s meet scheduled for Jan. 12 was cancelled due to illness. 

The Iowa men defeated both No. 24 Wisconsin, 164-136, and Northwestern, 194-106, on Jan. 19, to improve to 5-2 in dual action this season. The victory over Wisconsin was the Hawkeyes’ first over a ranked opponent this season. 
    Senior Will Brenner swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards after earning a career-best score of 374.95 off the 3-meter. Michael Tenney, Aleksey Tarasenko, and Will Scott also posted individual wins.

Redshirt freshman Aleksey Tarasenko excelled in his Hawkeye debut against Wisconsin and Northwestern, swimming to a first place finish in the 100 free (44.71), a fourth place in the 200 free (1:37.97), and first place finish as part of the 400-free relay. 

“It’s important to get up and race this time of year and we’re excited for what’s coming up. This meet on the road is a real gut-buster. It’s a championship season format, squeezing three sessions into two days, which will give us a chance to swim everything. We’re excited to get on the road and have this challenge.”

“I’m excited for these next meets. Our team has been working so hard this season. Even though it doesn’t show in point totals, you can see it in each one of us. I want to keep the energy up on the team for myself and others while keeping my positive attitude heading into the Shamrock Invite.”

“We’re feeling good overall coming into the Shamrock Invite.  We’re in championship season, and getting down to the details is very important. We’ve built our aerobic base already and now its time to focus on the starts, turns, and finishes. The end of the season is very exciting.”

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 men posted two Big Ten wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern, while the women dropped the pair of duals. The Hawkeyes shared multiple first place finishes in the pool while Will Brenner swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. 
• 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.