The University of Iowa swimming and diving team is set for Big Ten Conference duals on Friday and Saturday. The Hawkeye women host Michigan on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Iowa men travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to for a double dual Saturday, facing Indiana and Michigan at the Counsilman-Billingsly Aquatcis Center at 8 a.m.
The Iowa men are ranked 16th in the CollegeSwimming.com top-25 poll and 23rd by the CSCAA. Michigan is No. 1 by CollegeSwimming and sixth by the CSCAA and Indiana is No. 7 and tied for 4th, respectively. Michigan’s women’s team is third by CollegeSwimming.com.
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LAST TIME OUT
The 23rd-ranked Iowa men’s team posted a Big Ten win over No. 25 Minnesota, 156-444, to improve to 2-0 in both conference competition and overall. The women narrowly upset the 18th-ranked Gophers, but fell, 157-143.
• Several men put up fantastic numbers against the Gophers, including Aleksey Tarasenko, Michael Tenney, and Will and Joe Myhre. Tarasenko swam to two first place finishes in the 100 free (44.21) and 200 free (1:37.35), and helped the 400-free relay to a first place finish. Tenney won the 200 fly (1:48.45) and 200 IM (1:50.42), and finished second in the 100 fly (48.79), and as part of the 200-medley relay. The Myhre brothers each tallied a top-two finish in the 200-medley relay, while Joe placed first in the 50 free (20.16) and second in the 100 free (45.03). Will placed second in the 100 breast (55.03).
• Multiple women served as a driving force in Iowa’s close battle with the Gophers. Millie Sansome posted wins in the 1,000 free (10:03.70) and 200 back (2:01.17). Hannah Burvill captured wins in the 200 free (1:48.36) and as part of the 400-free relay, and tallied second place finishes in the 50 free (23.41) and 100 free (50.86). Kelsey Drake took over the fly events, placing atop the podium in the 100 fly (54.35) and 200 fly (2:00.41), while also placing second in the 200 IM (2:02.01).
HEARING FROM SENIOR FREESTYLER WILL SCOTT
“We’re excited as a team to face Michigan and Indiana. This meet is a good chance for us to show what kind of competition exists in the Big Ten Conference and truly how difficult it is. We’ve shown we have the depth and shown what kind of character exists in this team. I’m confident our men’s team can face top-five competition on the road and come out better for it on the other side. We’re getting a chance to show what we haved stored from our upperclassmen and lower classmen.”
AMONG THE RANKINGS
• The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team is ranked 16th in the latest CollegeSwimming.com rankings. The Iowa women land just out of the top-25 at No. 26.
• The Hawkeye men have 722.25 points and are one of six Big Ten Conference teams in the rankings.
• The Hawkeye women rank 26th with 722.85 points behind Miami (Ohio) with 724.65 points.
The Hawkeyes’ freshmen class has proved to be impact performers for the team early in the 2019-20 season.
• Millie Sansome has posted top 10 times in program history in the 400 IM (4:18.77; 3rd), 500 free (4:49.40; 6th), and 1,000 free (10:03.70; 6th).
• Aleksandra Olesiak has joined the program’s top-10 in the breaststroke events. She is sixth in the 200 breast in 2:17.76 and ninth in the 100 breast in 1:03.37.
• Mohammed Neuman is leading the team off the 1-meter with a score of 334.00 — a score that ranks 10th all-time in program history. Neuman has NCAA Zone standards off both the 1-meter and 3-meter.
• Will Myhre is leading the team in the 100 breast (55.03) and is second in the 200 breast (2:04.99).
• The Hawkeyes opened the season with three wins over Michigan State and Northern Iowa on Oct. 3. The men defeated the Spartans, 182-112, while the women pulled out the double victory over Michigan State and UNI in identical fashion, 183-113.
• At the season’s first invitational, nine Hawkeyes took to the water at the SMU Classic and finished fourth out of six total teams with 242 points.
• The Hawkeye men captured a win against Minnesota, 156-144 , at the CRWC, hoisting the team’s second Big Ten win of the season. The Hawkeye women put up strong times against a ranked Minnesota team, narrowly falling 157-143. The Iowa men got its first win against Minnesota since 2017.
The Hawkeyes have earned six Big Ten Conference weekly honors during the 2019-20 season.
• Big Ten Men’s Swimmer of Week: Anze Fers Erzen (Oct. 9)
• Big Ten Men’s Diver of the Week: Anton Hoherz (Oct. 9)
• Big Ten Men’s Freshman of the Week: Michael Huebner (Oct. 9)
• Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week: Sam Tamborski (Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
• Big Ten Women’s Freshman of the Week: Millie Sansome (Oct. 9)
NCAA ZONE DIVING QUALIFIERS
Four Hawkeyes have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards this season.
1-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (296.25), Sam Tamborski (279.55)
3-Meter Women: Sam Tamborski (316.45)
1-Meter Men: Mohamed Neuman (334.00)
3-Meter Men: Anton Hoherz (341.60), Mohamed Neuman (329.75)
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 host Rutgers on Nov. 8 for the team’s final dual before the midseason Minnesota Invitational on Dec. 4. Iowa’s matchup against the Scarlet Knights takes place at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at 2 p.m. (CT). Admission is free.