Hawkeyes Head North for Minnesota Invitational

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THIS WEEK – The University of Iowa swimming and diving team heads to Minneapolis for its midseason Minnesota Invitational from Dec. 4-7 at the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center. Prelims begin each day at 10 a.m. (CT), while finals begins at 6 p.m. (CT). 
The Hawkeyes close out the weekend with a long-course meters invitational on Dec. 8 in hopes of earning Olympic Trial cuts.   
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• The Iowa women defeated Rutgers, 199-100, on Nov. 8, improving to 3-2 on the season. The Hawkeyes are now 2-2 against Big Ten competition this season. 

“I have been looking forward to the Minnesota Invite all season. There will be plenty of great competition there and it is a perfect time to showcase what the team can bring to the table this year. We’ve had it marked on the calendar.”

• Iowa last took to the pool for the Minnesota Invitational during the 2017-18 season, where the Hawkeyes finished as the team runner-up behind the Gophers. 
• Over the four-day invite, the Iowa men collected five first-place medals, 11 second-place podiums, and six bronze finishes. 
• The Iowa women took home one first-place medal, six second-place finishes, and eight bronze podiums. Then sophomore Hannah Burvill set a school record in the 100 free with a time of 49.10. She would later break her own record at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. 

• Junior Jayah Mathews earned her second straight Big Ten Diver of the Week accolade on Nov. 13 after sweeping the diving events in the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten dual victory over Rutgers on Nov. 8.  Mathews topped the podium off the 1-meter, finishing with a score of 324.85 and won the 3-meter with a 362.25. Both scores were NCAA Zone Diving standards.
 • The honor is the seventh Big Ten accolade of Mathews’ career and was the Hawkeyes’ eighth weekly honor this season.

• The Iowa men fell out of the Collegeswimming.com rankings due to the three-week break before the Minnesota Invitational. Iowa was previously ranked 19th in the previos week’s ranking.  The Hawkeyes have 724.90 points and are 2-2 on the season. 
• The Iowa men are 23rd in the TYR/CSCAA Top 25 with 59 points as of Nov. 13. The Iowa women ranked just outside of the Top-25 at 28th with seven points. 

• 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 Iowa women swam well against third-ranked Michigan, posting wins in seven events, but ultimately lost 127-173.
• 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 Iowa women dominated B1G opponent Rutgers, 199-100, in Iowa City on Nov. 8, the team’s final dual before its midseason invitational.

• 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 have earned seven 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)
• Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week: Jayah Mathews (Nov. 13)

Five Hawkeyes have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards this season. 

1-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (322.20), Sam Tamborski (279.55), Thelma Strandberg (272.25)
3-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (362.25), Sam Tamborski (341.55)
1-Meter Men: Mohamed Neuman (334.00)
3-Meter Men: Anton Hoherz (341.60), Mohamed Neuman (329.75)

• The Hawkeyes ushered in 14 signees for the Class of 2024. Five men and nine women signed on the dotted line in November to join the program in Fall 2020. 

• Marc Long is in 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.

• 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.

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.

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.
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.

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 Hawkeye swimmers take another hiatus from competition until Jan. 11 to prepare for championship season, while the divers return to Minneapolis from Dec. 15-22 to participate in the USA Diving Winter National Championships.