IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 23rd-ranked University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team defeated No. Minnesota, 156-144, on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Hawkeye women nearly upset the 22nd-ranked Gophers, but fell, 157-143.
The win is Iowa’s first over Minnesota since Oct. 2017.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Freshman Millie Sansome notched Iowa’s first win in the 1,000 free, swimming to a time of 10:03.70. Freshman Evan Holt (9:28.21) and sophomore Mateusz Arndt (9:31.31) came through for the men’s team with second and third place finishes. Senior Hannah Burvill kept Iowa’s streak hot with a win in the 200 free (1:48.36).
Sophomore Aleksey Tarasenko started an impressive run in the 200 free, putting up a blistering 1:37.35. The men again showed its depth in the 100 back, posting second, third, and fourth places finishes from senior John Colin (49.84), sophomore Anze Fers Erzen (49.89), and freshman Ryan Purdy (50.21).
Freshman Will Myhre (55.03) and junior Daniel Swanepoel (55.86) took second and third in the 100 breast behind NCAA finalist Max McHugh. Burvill continued Iowa’s top-3 run in the 100 free, putting up a 50.86 for a second-place finish.
Junior Kelsey Drake gave Iowa another win in the 200 fly, posting a time of 2:00.41, while senior Michael Tenney followed Drake’s swim with a victory for the men in 1:48.45.
Iowa put on display its depth in the sprint events, with Tarasenko again taking first in the 100 free (44.21), followed by seniors Joe Myhre (45.03) and Will Scott (45.49). Sansome tabbed another win for the Hawkeyes in the 200 back, putting up a stellar time of 2:01.17.
Drake was the next Hawkeye to strike in the 100 fly, placing atop the field with a time of 54.35. Tenney was the final Hawkeye to post an individual win, putting up a 1:50.42 in the 200 IM and putting Iowa one point behind Minnesota leading into the 400-free relays.
Iowa wrapped the meet with relay wins in both 400-free relays. The team of Sarah Schemmel, Burvill, Lauren McDougall, and Maddie Ziegert put a 3:24.84 on the board, just missing a victory against the Gophers.
The men’s relay of Tarasenko, Scott, Steve Fiolic, and Joe Myhre sealed the victory in a dominating win. The relay team finished in a time of 2:58.11.
Iowa took control on the 1-meter springboard, posting wins in the men’s and women’s events. Junior Jayah Mathews dove to a score of 309.65, while freshman Mohamed Neuman dove to a NCAA Zone D score of 334.00.
Sophomore Sam Tamborski (332.40) and Mathews (326.45) took second and third off the 3-meter springboard. Junior Anton Hoherz (334.20) and Neuman (329.75) rounded out diving with third and fourth place finishes.
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH MARC LONG
“We knew it would be hard fought and we knew we would get their best. We have a lot of development going on and we couldn’t be more proud of our team. With the growth we’ve seen, there’s a lot of bright spots with this program going forward.
“Dual meets are great because we don’t have to analyze too much. You get to race, step up, and do it again. We look at what we could have done better afterwards. Once we knew the meet was going to come down to the relays, we loaded up our ‘A’ relays and battled it out. They were safe on their exchanges, which was a good thing, and they’ve raced and worked hard. We’re still in that strong part of the season with training and we have an exciting group of meets coming up.”
The Hawkeye women will return to action Nov. 1, hosting Michigan at 2 p.m. (CT), while the men’s team will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for a double dual against Indiana and Michigan on Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. (CT).