Iowa Heads to Bloomington for B1Gs

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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to compete at the 2019 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from Feb. 20-23 at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center. 
    Wednesday’s opening session will begin at 5:30 p.m. (CT) following by prelims at 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Finals begin at 5:30 p.m. each night. 


The parking lots surrounding the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatics Center are permit only and are not open to fans. Anyone parking in these lots are subject to being ticketed and towed. Only those with valid ADA parking permits will be allowed to park in the CBAC parking lot. All others should park in Memorial Stadium Green Lot (Gate12) or Orange Lot (Gate 4).

• Parking is free in the Memorial Stadium lots.
• There will be a free shuttle that will run every 15 minutes/
• The shuttle service will begin two hours prior to the start of each session and will end 45 minutes after the conclusion of each session.
• ADA Parking is free and located next to the CBAC. Fans must have a valid ADA parking permit.

• The meet will be streamed live on BTN Plus.  Links are available on Saturday’s finals will be streamed on BTN2Go and televised on BTN on Sunday.  
• Live results for the championships will be on Meet Mobile or on
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Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. (CT) on Thursday through Saturday.  Finals sessions begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 5:30 p.m. 
200 Medley Relay (finals)
800 Free Relay (finals)

Thursday, Feb. 21 – 10 a.m./5:30 p.m.
500 Free (prelims/finals)
200 IM (prelims/finals)
50 Free (prelims/finals)
1-Meter Diving (trials/finals)
400-Medley Relay (finals)

Friday, Feb. 22 – 10 a.m./5:30 p.m.
100 Fly (prelims/finals)
400 IM (prelims/finals)
200 Free (prelims/finals)
100 Breast (prelims/finals)
100 Back (prelims/finals)
3-Meter Diving (trials/finals)
200-Free Relay (finals)

Saturday, Feb. 23 – 10 a.m./5:30 p.m.
200 Back (prelims/finals)
100 Free (prelims/finals)
200 Breast (prelims/finals)
200 Fly (prelims/finals)
1,650 Free (prelims/finals)
Platform Diving (trials/finals)
400 Free Relay (finals)

Three Hawkeyes — juniors Hannah Burvill and sophomores Kelsey Drake and Jayah Mathews — enter the Big Ten Championships with top-10 times in the league.
• Mathews holds the highest marks, ranking No. 1 off the 3-meter and No. 3 off the 1-meter.  
• Burvill currently sits at No. 6 in the 50 free with a time of 22.55 seconds. She also holds the No. 8 spot 100 free, No. 6 spot in the 200 free, and No. 10 in the 500 free.
• Drake sits at No. 10 in the 100 fly and No. 12 in the 200 fly. 

All five Hawkeye relays hold top 10 times heading into the Big Ten Championships. They are as follows: 200-free relay (sixth, 1:31.36), 400-free relay (seventh, 3:20.16), 200-medley relay (eighth ,1:40.63), 800-free relay (ninth, 7:18.87), and 400-medley relay (ninth, 3:41.01).

The Hawkeyes finished 11th at the 2018 Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.  Iowa broke three school records at the championships in the 800-free relay (Hannah Burvill, Allyssa Fluit, Meghan Lavelle, and Carly O’Brien), 200 freestyle (Burvill), and 100 backstroke (Lavelle). 

Iowa finished 2-4 in Big Ten dual action in 2018-19 with victories over Michigan State (160-138) and Illinois (157-143).  The Hawkeyes dropped league duals to Minnesota, 189.5-109.5, Michigan (255-97), Wisconsin (191-109), and Northwestern (178-122).  
    The Hawkeyes finished the dual season with a 6-6 record.

Several underclassmen have made big impacts in 2018-19. Freshman Sam Tamborski and sophomore Jayah Mathews have dominated the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards all season, combining for nine first-place finishes. 
    Sophomore Kelsey Drake broke the school record in the 100 fly with a time of 53.12 seconds at the Hawkeye Invitational. Sophomore Sarah Schemmel has solidified her position in the sprints with two 50 free victories this season and currently sits third on the all-time 100 free rankings with a time of 50.15. 

Kelly McNamara, Abbey Schneider, and Devin Jacobs lead the way for the women’s team, all having posted top times in the school record books during their senior seasons. McNamara ranks among the top 10 in the 100 fly (53.75), 200 fly (2:00.45), 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay, and 400-medley relay. 
    Schneider holds five top 10 times in the 500 free (4:53.32), 1,000 free (9:58.39), 1,650 free (16:58.44), 400 IM (4:23.53), and 800-free relay. Jacobs holds the fifth-fastest 400 IM in Iowa history in a time of 4:21.19. 

Sophomore Jayah Mathews won her third Big Ten Diver of the Week honor of the season following her performance against Western Illinois and Northern Iowa. Mathews swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions and posted a career-best score of 380.20 off the 3-meter, and won the 1-meter with 324.70 points.
     Mathews has earned five weekly Big Ten honors in her career (four Diver of the Week, one Freshman of the Week).

Iowa swept the Big Ten Conference weekly women’s honors after facing Iowa State on Dec. 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.

Two Iowa swimmers — junior Hannah Burvill and sophomore Kelsey Drake — currently have NCAA “B” qualifying standards. Burvill has qualifying times in the 50 free (26.62), 500 free (4:44.24), and 200 free (1:45.97), while Drake 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 divers will return to action March 11-13 at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.