The University of Iowa swimming and diving team will open the 2019-20 season, hosting Michigan State and Northern Iowa on Thursday and Friday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Thursday’s action against the Spartans begins at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and Friday’s start time is set for 11 a.m. Admission is free.
• The meet will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
• Live results will be on Meet Mobile and hawkeyesports.com.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Marc Long is entering his 16th season as the Hawkeyes’ head coach. Long has coached 44 All-Americans during his tenure as Iowa’s head coach.
• Long was inducted into the National Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
• The Hawkeyes return four NCAA qualifiers from the 2018-19 season in senior Hannah Burvill, juniors Anton Hoherz and Jayah Mathews, and sophomore Sam Tamborski.
• Iowa also returns Will Scott and Joe Myhre, who both earned honorable mention All-America honors as sophomores in 2018.
• Iowa has 21 letterwinners returning on the men’s team and 17 returning letterwinners on the women’s team.
RETURNING NCAA QUALIFIERS
• Hannah Burvill – Burvill is a two-time NCAA qualifier, including qualifying in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free last season. The England native’s highest finish came in the 200 free, where she finished 28th. Burvill has been named Iowa’s team MVP the past two seasons.
• Jayah Mathews – Mathews has qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of her first two seasons as a Hawkeye. Last season, Mathews qualified off the 1-meter and 3-meter. She placed 26th off the 1-meter at the NCAAs. The Australia native posted two top-10 finishes at the Big Ten Championships in 2019, placing fourth off the 3-meter and ninth off the 1-meter.
• Sam Tamborski – Tamborski qualified for the NCAA Championships off the 3-meter as a true freshman, where she placed 19th. The Colorado native also placed 10th at the Big Ten Championships in 2019.
• Anton Hoherz – Iowa’s 2019 team diving MVP qualified for his first NCAA Championships off the platform as a sophomore. He placed 40th overall.
BURVILL BACK FOR FINAL YEAR
Hannah Burvill returns for her senior season with her name littering the Iowa record books. The England native holds four individual school records (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back) and she ranks second in the 500 free. Burvill also is a record holder in four relays — 400-free relay, 800-free relay, 200-medley relay, and 400-medlay relay.
RECORD HOLDERS RETURNING
The Hawkeyes have seven men’s student-athletes that enter the 2019-20 season as school record holders: Jackson Allmon (800-free relay), Mateusz Arndt (800-free relay), Anton Hoherz (platform), Joe Myhre (200-free relay, 400-free relay), Will Scott (200-free relay, 400-free relay), Aleksey Tarasenko (400-free relay, 800-free relay), and Michael Tenney (800-free relay).
• Along with Burvill’s eight school records, the Hawkeyes have two additional school record holders on the women’s team. Kelsey Drake holds the record in the 100 fly, while Allyssa Fluit is a record holder as part of the 400-free relay and 800-free relay.
Iowa has 23 newcomers on the roster — 17 on the women’s team and six on the men’s team. The Hawkeye women have as many newcomers as returning letterwinners on the squad.
• Freshman Will Myhre joins the men’s team as a 19-time high school All-American. He is the younger brother of senior Joe Myhre.
• Iowa welcomes international student-athletes from Poland (Julia Koluch), England (Millie Sansome), and Egypt (Mohamed Neuman) in 2019-20.
After hosting the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships in 2019, the women are coming to Iowa City in 2020. The Hawkeyes will host the 2020 Big Ten Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center from Feb. 19-22. It is the first time the women’s championship has been in Iowa City since 2012.
COACHING STAFF ADDITIONS
The Iowa coaching staff has two new faces in 2019-20. Brian Schrader and Emma Sougstad join the program as first-year assistant coaches. Schrader joins the program following a 13-year stint as head caoch for the University of Denver, where he was a 14-time Conference Coach of the Year. Sougstad, a Hawkeye All-American, joins the program after a two-year stint at the CSCAA.
The Hawkeye women return to action Oct. 11-12, traveling to Dallas for the SMU Classic.