The University of Iowa swimming and diving team travels to South Bend, Indiana, to participate in the 2020 Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The Hawkeyes face the likes of No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 20/25 Ohio State, Akron, and Missouri State in the field. Action begins at 9 a.m. (CT) each day.
The Iowa men are ranked 18th in both the College Swimming and TYR/CSCAA rankings.
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2019 SHAMROCK RECAP
• The Hawkeye men finished third in the field with 780.5 points, while the women were fourth with 434.5 points.
• Freshman Sam Tamborski and sophomore Jayah Mathews dominated the 3-meter springboard with a 1-2 sweep. Tamborski posted a score of 321.05 followed by Mathews’ score of 308.20. Mathews also dove to a first-place finish on the 1-meter.
• Freshman Aleksey Tarasenko took second in both the men’s 50 (20.21) and 100 (43.89) free in a stacked field.
LAST TIME OUT
• Traveling to the Land of Lincoln, the Hawkeyes dropped both of their duals against Northwestern.
• The Hawkeye men fell to the Wildcats, 157-143, despite impressive performances from Aleksey Tarasenko and Mateusz Arndt. Tarasenko won the 50 and 200 free, and placed second in the 100 free. Arndt followed suit with a win in the 500 free and a third place finish in the 200 free.
• The Hawkeye women were defeated by Northwestern, 199-101, and moved to 3-3 in conference competition this season. Despite the loss, senior Allyssa Fluit finished first in both the 200 free and 500 free.
For the second consecutive meet, Aleksey Tarasenko, Joe Myhre, Steve Fiolic, and Will Scott swept the men’s 50 free.
• Against Notre Dame: Myhre (20.18), Tarasenko (20.28), Fiolic (20.59), and Scott (20.80) dominated and secured the top four spots in the 50 free.
• Against Northwestern: Tarasenko (20.39), Myhre (20.40), Fiolic (20.45), and Scott (20.80) secured the top-four spots in the 50 free, keeping the sprint events hot.
Two freshmen newcomers made their Hawkeye debuts in the Jan. 11 dual against Notre Dame and Illinois. Sergey Kutnetsov and Kennedy Gilbertson, two mid-year additions, both debuted against Notre Dame and posted individual highlights in their respective events. Back in action of Jan. 18, the pair again posted wins for Iowa.
• Kutnetsov, an Espoo, Finland, native, tabbed his first individual victory in the 100 fly with a time of 47.97 against Notre Dame. Gilbertson, a Plover, Wisconsin, native, notched second place finishes in both the 100 and 200 back on Jan. 11.
• Both Kuznetsov and Gilbertson quickly accended the ranks on Iowa’s relays, both making appearances on the ‘A’ 200-medley relays, helping the Hawkeyes win both the men’s and women’s events against the Fighting Irish. Kuznetsov also saw action on the winning 400-free relay against both the Wildcats and Fighting Irish.
AMONG THE B1G: MEN
The Iowa men are littered throughout the top-10 across the Big Ten Conference.
• Sophomore Aleksey Tarasenko (5th), seniors Steve Fiolic (6th) and Joe Myhre (8th) all rank in the top 10 of the 50 free, with Tarasenko also holding a top spot in the 100 free (4th) and 200 free (5th).
• Sophomore Mateusz Arndt holds prestige in the 500 free (4:19.89), placing sixth overall.
• Iowa boasts two top-10 times in the 200 back from sophomore Anze Fers Erzen (5th, 1:42.64) and freshman Ryan Purdy (10th, 1:44.64).
• Freshman Will Myhre ranks 10th in the 100 breast (53.32), followed directly by junior Daniel Swanepoel at 53.35 (11th). Swanepoel also sits at seventh in the 200 breast (1:55.46).
• Senior Michael Tenney sits seventh in the B1G field in the 200 fly (1:45.76). Fers Erzen rounds out Iowa’s individual placings at fifth in the 400 IM (3:47.51).
AMONG THE B1G: WOMEN
• 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.
• Junior Kelsey Drake stands at fifth in the 200 fly (1:57.87) and 10th in the 100 fly (53.28).
• Freshman Millie Sansome ranks 10th in the 200 back (1:56.31).
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. with 792.40 points. The Hawkeyes are 3-3 in dual meets on the season. The Iowa women rank outside the top-25 with 760.40 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.
• The Hawkeye men captured another ranked win, downing No. 17 Notre Dame, 159.50-140.50, this past weekend. The Hawkeye women tabbed a B1G win over Illinois, 223-86, for its largest margin of victory this season. Iowa fell short of Notre Dame, 209.50-99.50.
• The Hawkeye men fell to Northwestern, 157-143. The Hawkeye women lost to Northwestern, 199-101.
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
Five Hawkeyes have posted NCAA Zone Diving standards this season.
1-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (324.85), Sam Tamborski (294.30), Thelma Strandberg (272.25)
3-Meter Women: Jayah Mathews (362.25), Sam Tamborski (341.55)
1-Meter Men: Mohamed Neuman (334.00), Anton Hoherz (320.10)
3-Meter Men: Anton Hoherz (347.10), Mohamed Neuman (347.05)
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 host their final dual meet of the 2019-20 season against Western Illinois on Feb. 7 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Action begins at 6 p.m. (CT).