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The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host the 2019 Big Ten Championships from Feb. 27 through March 2 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
    Wednesday’s opening session will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT) following by prelims at 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Finals begin at 6:30 p.m. each night. Iowa last hosted a conference championship meet in 2015. 

Tickets may be pre-ordered through www.hawkeyesports.com or by contacting the University of Iowa Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 424-2957. During the championships, tickets can be purchased inside the main entrance of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Please contact the Iowa Athletics Ticket Office for more information.

During Thursday and Friday’s swimming and diving preliminaries, parking is available in the downtown Iowa City parking ramps. These ramps are within a few blocks of the facility.
    Lot 11 will be available for fan parking during all finals sessions, as well as for Saturday’s preliminaries. Fans will pay an hourly rate for parking in Lot 11, which is available for fan parking during the following times:

Wednesday, Feb. 27 — After 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 — After 5 p.m.
Friday, March 1 — After 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 — All Day

• The meet will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Links are available on hawkeyesports.com. 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 hawkeyesports.com.
• For an inside look at the Iowa swimming and diving program and access to exclusive coverage, “like” Iowa swimming and diving on Facebook and follow @IowaSwimDive on Twitter and @hawkeyeswimdive on Instagram.

Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on Thursday through Saturday.  Finals sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.


Wednesday, Feb. 27 | Finals – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
200-medley relay (Finals)
800-freestyle relay (Finals)

Thursday, Feb. 28
Prelims – 11 a.m. (CT) | Diving – 1 p.m. (CT) | Finals – 6:30 p.m. (CT)

500-yard freestyle (Prelims/Finals)
200-yard individual medley (Prelims/Finals)
50-yard freestyle (Prelims/Finals)
1-meter diving (Trials/Finals)
400-yard medley relay (Finals)

Friday, March 1
Prelims – 11 a.m. (CT) | Diving – 1 p.m. (CT) | Finals – 6:30 p.m. (CT)

100-yard butterfly (Prelims/Finals)
400-yard individual medley (Prelims/Finals)
200-yard freestyle (Prelims/Finals)
100-yard breaststroke (Prelims/Finals)
100-yard backstroke (Prelims/Finals)
3-meter diving (Trials/Finals)
200-yard freestyle relay (Finals)

Saturday, March 2
Prelims – 11 a.m. (CT) | Diving – 1 p.m. (CT) | 1,650 Free – 4:15 p.m. (CT) | Finals – 6:30 p.m. (CT)

200-yard backstroke (Prelims/Finals)
200-yard breaststroke (Prelims/Finals)
200-yard butterfly (Prelims/Finals)
1,650-yard freestyle (Prelims/Finals)
Platform Diving (Trials/Finals)
400-yard freestyle relay (Finals)

The Hawkeyes’ relays and four individuals rank among the top 10 leading into the Big Ten Championships. The rankings are listed below:

200-Free Relay: No. 4 (1:18.90)
800-Free Relay: No. 5 (6:30.40)
400-Free Relay: No. 6 (2:57.41)
400-Medley Relay: No. 7 (3:14.60)
200-Medley Relay: No. 8 (1:27.89)
Will Brenner – 3-Meter: No. 8 (394.30)
Joe Myhre – 50 Free: No. 8 (19.86)
Anton Hoherz – Platform: No. 9 (365.35)
Kenneth Mende – 200 Back: No. 10 (1:44.25)

Myhre, Aleksey Tarasenko, Mateusz Arndt, Michael Tenney, Anze Fers Erzen, Daniel Swanepoel, and Jonaton Posligua also rank within the top 20 in at least one of their respective events. 

The Hawkeyes finished seventh at the 2018 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis with 614.5 points. Iowa broke four school records at the championships in the 400-free relay, 200 back, 100 free, and platform. 

Iowa finished 3-2 in Big Ten dual action in 2018-19 with victories over Michigan State (193-98), Wisconsin (164-136), and Northwestern (194-106).  The Hawkeyes dropped league duals to Michigan, 232-121, and Minnesota, 158.50-141.50.
    The Hawkeyes finished the dual season with a 6-2 record.

Seniors Jack Smith and Matt Kamin, and juniors Joe Myhre and Will Scott all hold top-10 times in the 100 free and 50 free. Michal  Brzus also stands at No. 10 in the 100 free with a time of 43.88, just edging freshman Aleksey Tarasenko who swam a 43.89 at the Hawkeye Invitational in November.
    Smith, Kamin, Scott, and Myhre all return on the school record holding 200-free and 400-free relays. 

Will Brenner, Michal Brzus, Ben Colin, Matt Kamin, Kenneth Mende, Tanner Nelson, and Jack Smith lead the way for the men’s team. Brenner (1-meter, 368.00), Smith (100 free, 42.71), and Mende (200 back, 1:42.12) all hold school records. 
    Their leadership has resulted in PR times from 25 of 27 rostered athletes so far this season. 

Five Hawkeyes currently boast NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards. Sophomore Daniel Swanepoel has qualified for the 200 breaststroke after swimming a 1:57.56 at the Hawkeye Invitational.
    Mende posted a 144.25 in the 200 back on the second day of the invitational to qualify. 
    Joe Myhre holds the 100 free standard with a time of 43.76.
Freshman Mateusz Arndt also holds a standard in the 500 free after swimming a 4:23.31 in November. 

Swimming awards will be presented immediately after each event’s final heat. Divers will receive their wards after the last relay competition in the evening session. Awards for the Big Ten team champion will be presented following competition on March 2

The Hawkeye divers will return to action March 11-13 at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.