The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosts Rutgers at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT). The dual is the first against Rutgers since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014.
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LAST TIME OUT
• The Iowa women swam well against third-ranked Michigan, posting wins in the 200 free, 100 back, 200 fly, 200 back, 1-meter and 3-meter diving, and 200 IM. Freshman Millie Sansone and junior Kelsey Drake led the way with two wins each, followed by sophomore Sam Tamborski, junior Jayah Mathews, and senior Hannah Burvill who each notched one win. Iowa now holds a 2-2 record.
• The 19th-ranked Iowa men’s team dropped its Big Ten duals against No. 1 Michigan (218-82) and No. 6 Indiana (245-55) in Bloomington, Ind. The Hawkeyes hold a 2-2 record on the season.
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH MARC LONG
“We have another strong Big Ten team coming in. We were happy to lay out these talented teams on our schedule and now we have a great meet for the third week in a row. It’s high level competition and Rutgers is a great team. We have to be ready to step up and swim and dive well.”
HEARING FROM FRESHMAN MILLIE SANSOME
“We’re excited for Rutgers to come here. It was good for the girls to stay that close to Michigan for most of the meet considering they’re one of the top teams in the Big Ten and country. This is going to be a tough meet, but I believe we can build on that success. It’s important to show how we’re developing as a team and this meet gives us another look at where we are going into midseason, seeing where we need to improve and what changes we need to make. Also this will show the improvement over each week. We’re trying to improve what we did against Minnesota and Michigan and showcase that against Rutgers on Friday.”
HEARING FROM SENIOR HANNAH BURVILL
“We’re excited knowing how well we’ve performed over the past few weeks. We’re all looking forward to stepping up again for a third week in a row. It’s going to be tiring, but we’re more than prepared for that.”
HEARING FROM FRESHMAN ALEXANDRA OLESIAK
“Just like we did against Michigan and Minnesota, staying consistent will be good for us. The team atmosphere is energetic, fun, and everyone is cheering for each other. It’s different from what I’ve experienced before and I think those things have helped us compete so far.”
AMONG THE RANKINGS
• The Iowa men are ranked 19th in the latest CollegeSwimming.com rankings. The Hawkeyes have 724.90 points and are one of five Big Ten Conference teams in the rankings.
• The Hawkeye women land just out of the CollegeSwimming.com top 25, sitting at No. 31 with 724.90 points.
• The Iowa men are 23rd in the TYR/CSCAA Top 25 with 25 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 2:17.69 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 Iowa women swam well against the third-ranked Michigan, posting seven individual wins. Despite a strong showing, Iowa fell 173-127. The 19th-ranked Iowa men’s team dropped its contests against No. 1 Michigan (218-82) and fell to No. 6 Indiana (245-55) in Bloomington, Ind.
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)
• Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week: Jayah Mathews (Nov. 6)
NCAA ZONE DIVING QUALIFIERS
Four Hawkeyes have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards this season.
1-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (322.20), Sam Tamborski (279.55)
3-Meter Women: Sam Tamborski (341.55)
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 coach 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 Hawkeyes take a training break before their midseason competition, where Iowa will travel to Minneapolis for the Minnesota invitational on Dec. 4-7 at the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center.