The University of Iowa swimming and diving team hosts its first competition of the decade on Saturday against Illinois and Notre Dame at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Competition begins at 11 a.m. (CT).
It will be a top 25 matchup on the men’s side, pitting 17th-ranked Notre Dame against the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes. Notre Dame’s women’s team is receiving votes in the CSCAA Top 25.
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LAST TIME OUT
• The Hawkeyes won their 10th consecutive Iowa Corn CyHawk Series matchup over Iowa State, 179-121, in Ames, Iowa, on Dec. 13. The team’s victory clinched the overall win in the 2019 series between both schools.
• Iowa dominated the dual by winning all but three events, with swimmers Kelsey Drake and Hannah Burvill notching three wins a piece. Diver Jayah Mathews also finished atop the boards in both the 1-meter and 3-meter contests.
BURVILL PACES B1G
Senior Hannah Burvill currently is the top 200-yard freestyle sprinter in the Big Ten Conference. She is the only Big Ten swimmer to break the 1:45:00 barrier this season, swimming a 1:44.92 at the Minnesota Invitational.
Burvill is also fourth in the 100 free and eighth in the 50 free this season.
HAWKEYES SWEEP B1G WEEKLY AWARDS
The Hawkeyes swept the Big Ten Conference weekly honors Dec. 18 with Kelsey Drake being named the Swimmer of the Week, Jayah Mathews the Diver of the Week, and Millie Sansome the Freshman of the Week.
Drake earned her second career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honor (third Big Ten honor of her career) after setting a school and Beyer Pool record in the 200 fly. She won the event by more than five seconds over the field in an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:57.87. Drake completed her sweep of the butterfly events with a time of 54.06 in the 100 fly and she captured her third individual title in the 200 IM in 2:02.78.
Mathews, earned her third Big Ten Diver of the Week honor this season after sweeping the springboard events in the dual. She posted a pool record off the 3-meter with a 348.40 before posting her second win off the 1-meter with a score of 318.40. She posted NCAA Zone Diving standards in both events. It is the eighth career honor for Mathews (seven Diver of the Week, one Freshman of the Week).
Sansome garnered her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor this season after posting two first-place in the 1,000 freestyle (10:03.34) and 200 back (1:58.08). She placed second in the 200 IM (behind Drake) in 2:04.92 and was a member of the second-place 200-medley relay (1:41.81).
During the 2019-20 season, Iowa has garnered 10 Big Ten Conference weekly honors this season — seven women’s and three men’s honors.
DRAKE EARNS DECEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH HONORS
The University of Iowa Student-Athletes Academic Services (SAAS) announced that Kelsey Drake had been named the Athletic Department’s December Female Student-Athlete of the Month.
Drake set a school record in the 200 butterfly (1:58.18) at the Minnesota Invitational on Dec. 8. The following week, she broke the school record for a second time and swam to a Beyer Pool record in the dual win at Iowa State. Out of the pool, Drake has completed about 150 volunteer hours thus far with multiple agencies including Habitat for Humanity, Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Day of Caring, River Run, Dance Marathon, and more.
THREE HAWKEYES SET SCHOOL RECORDS AT MINNESOTA INVITATIONAL
At the Minnesota Invitational in December, the Hawkeyes took down four school records.
• Senior Hannah Burvill cruised to two school records in the 50 and 100 free events, besting her own records with times of 22.54 and 48.65.
• Freshman Millie Sansome posted her first school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:56.31.
• Junior Kelsey Drake crushed her own school record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.18 in prelims, earning an NCAA ‘B’ cut in finals with a time of 1:58.50.
COLIN EARNS OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFYING STANDARD
Senior backstroker John Colin notched an Olympic Trials time standard of 56.47 in the 100 back on Dec. 8 in Minneapolis. Iowa’s leading backstroker in the 100, Colin got the cut the second time around after narrowly missing it in the morning session.
AMONG THE RANKINGS
• The Iowa men remained steady at their position in the Collegeswimming.com rankings at No.18. Iowa was previously ranked 19th in the poll, and jumped one spot from the past ranking with 791.30 points. The Hawkeyes are 2-2 in dual meets on the season. The Iowa women rank just outside the top-25 with 760.05 points.
• The Iowa men are also 18th in the TYR/CSCAA Top 25 with 84 points as of Dec. 11.
• 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 Big Ten opponent Rutgers, 199-100, in Iowa City on Nov. 8, the team’s final dual before its midseason invitational.
• The Hawkeyes went north to compete in the Minnesota Invitational for a midseason showdown and they posted several school records from Hannah Burvill, Millie Sansome, and Kelsey Drake. The Hawkeye men placed fifth among the field, while the women were seventh.
• The Iowa women posted a dominating victory over Iowa State for the 10th year in a row, 179-121, in Ames on Dec. 13. The team’s victory clinched the overall win in the 2019 Iowa Corn CyHawk Series between both schools.
Five freshmen pace the Hawkeyes in 10 events across both the men’s and women’s teams this season. The freshmen who lead the team are:
Evan Holt: 1,650 free
Will Myhre: 100 breast, 100 fly
Mohamed Neuman: 1-meter
Millie Sansome: 1,000 free, 1,650 free, 200 back, 400 IM
Alexandra Olesiak: 100 breast, 200 breast
The Hawkeyes have earned 10 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)
• Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week: Jayah Mathews (Dec. 18)
• Big Ten Women’s Freshman of the Week: Millie Sansome (Dec. 18)
• Big Ten Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Kelsey Drake (Dec. 18)
MAKING THE CUT
The men’s team has nine swimmers that have posted NCAA “B” qualifying standards in nine events during the 2019-20 season, while the women’s team has three swimmers notch “B” times in seven events.
Three men’s swimmers have standards in multiple events; they include sophomore Aleksey Tarasenko (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), senior Steve Fiolic (50 free, 100 free), and sophomore Anze Fers Erzen (200 back, 400 IM). Senior Joe Myhre (50 free), sophomore Mateusz Arndt (500 free), freshman Ryan Purdy (200 back), freshman Will Myhre (100 breast), junior Daniel Swanepoel (200 breast), and senior Michael Tenney (200 fly) have standards in a single event.
On the women’s side, senior Hannah Burvill has four NCAA “B” cuts in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 100 back, while junior Kelsey Drake has two standards in the 100 and 200 fly. Freshman Millie Sansome also has a “B” cut in the 200 back.
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), 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)
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.
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 Hawkeyes return to action Jan. 18, traveling to Evanston, Illinois, to face Northwestern. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the Norris Aquatics Center.