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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosts the 2020 Big Ten Championships from Feb. 19-22 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. This event marks the first time since 2012 that the women’s championships have been hosted in Iowa City. 

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• Wednesday through Saturday prelims will be streamed online on BTN+.  Saturday’s finals will be on the FoxSports app and be televised on Sunday at 10 a.m. (CT).
• Live results will be on Meet Mobile and hawkeyesports.com.
• For an inside look at the Iowa swimming and diving program and access to exclusive coverage, “like” Iowa swimming and diving on Facebook and follow @IowaSwimDive on Twitter and @hawkeyeswimdive on Instagram. 

Tickets for the 2020 Big Ten Championships will be on sale through the University of Iowa Ticket Office. Tickets may be pre-ordered through hawkeyesports.com or by contacting the ticket office at (800) IA-HAWKS.  During the championships, tickets can be purchased inside the main entrance of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
    Gates open one hour prior to the start of the first event.

Beginning at 5 p.m. (CT) on Feb. 19, the championships begin with the 200-medley and 800-free relays. In the following days, the format follows this timeline:
    11 a.m. (CT): Preliminary Events
    1 p.m. (CT): Diving Preliminaries 
    6:30 p.m. (CT): Swimming and Diving Finals

• The Hawkeyes placed 10th at the 2019 Big Ten Championships, finishing with 400.5 points.  
• Iowa’s top finisher at the championships came from Jayah Mathews, who placed fourth off the 3-meter sprinboard with a score of 353.10.  Mathews also finished ninth off the 1-meter with a 305.75.
• Hannah Burvill was the top Hawkeye in the pool, nothcing a fifth-place finish in the 200 free (1:45.04) and a seventh-place showing in the 50 free (22.62).  Burvill also helped the 800-free relay to a seventh-place finish with a 7:10.10.
• The Hawkeyes had 19 top-24 finishes during the championships.

• The Hawkeyes dominated on Senior Night against Western Illinois, sweeping all events in a resounding victory on Feb. 7. 
• Freshman Payton Lange led the charge for the women, notching wins in the 200 free (1:52.93) and 100 free (52.32) and was a member of the winning 200-free relay along with Grace Reeder, Erin Lang, and Ariel Wooden.

“I’m feeling confident. Being in-and-out of the pool more this year has given me a different perspective on the season and lets me focus during the time we do spend in the water. I’m looking forward to competing. I would like to improve my 200 free. To have my best time still be from my sophomore year, I should be able to get that down and move it forward. I’d love to do that in a relay and have us get into finals for that one. I would like to improve my times in general to show the improvement we’ve made throughout the season.”

On what she has learned from preparing for Big Tens over the years:
“From competing over four years, I know how to approach it. I’m not as in my head as I was during my freshman year. I used to overthink things and let them get to me, but now I’ve been more open minded and focused on what’s ahead of me instead of what is four months away. I’m facing this meet with my head down and trying not to put too much pressure on it since it is my last one as a senior. What makes it different is that we know the environment, the pool, and the setup. We have that home advantage because we feel comfortable here.”

• Freshmen Kennedy Gilbertson, who joined the team at the semester, quickly ascended holding the team’s top spot in the 200-yard backstroke.  She posted a top-10 in program history, ranking eighth in 1:58.75..  
• Macy Rink has also shown capability for the Hawkeyes, placing highly in mid-distance and distance events this season.  Rink sits eighth all-time in the 200 free (1:49.06) and 10th in the 500 free (4:52.53). 
• Julia Koluch came off the blocks strong at the Shamrock Invitational, breaking into the Iowa record books in the 100 back (54.63) and 200 back (1:57.46). 
• Aleksandra Olesiak sits sixth in school history in both the 100 breast (1:02.39) and 200 breast (2:15.62), while holding the top spots among the team. 
• Millie Sansome has left the biggest impact on the program so far, tallying top-10 placings in school history in the 200 back (1st), 400 IM (3rd), 500 free (5th), 1,000 free (6th), and 1,650 free (6th).

• 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, eighth in the 50 free this season, and 15th in the 100 back (53.85).
• Junior Jayah Mathews currently boasts the best score off the 1-meter in the Big Ten with a 321.10, while sophomore Sam Tamborski has the top 3-meter score at 319.75.  Mathews is also fifth off the 3-meter (292.90), while Tamborski is ninth off the 1-meter (286.20).  
• Junior Claire Park has the seventh-best 1-meter score (288.15) leading into the championships.
• Senior Allyssa Fluit has the seventh-best 200-yard freestyle time with a 1:46.59.
• Junior Kelsey Drake stands at eighth in the 200 fly (1:57.87) and 10th in the 100 fly (53.28). 
• Freshman Millie Sansome ranks ninth in the 200 back (1:55.94), 16th in the 400 IM (4:17.58), and 18th in the 1,650 free (16:41.89).
• Freshman Aleksandra Olesiak is 23rd in the 200 breast (2:15.62).

• The Iowa women are recieving votes just outside the top-25 in the TYR/CSCAA rankings at 26th. In the CollegeSwimming rankings, with 766.25 points, the Hawkeye women sit at 39th. 

• 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 Hawkeye men completed the 2020 Shamrock Invitational with a second-place finish, boasting 917 points, followed by a fourth-place finish from the women with 629.5 points.
• The Hawkeyes swept Western Illinois on both the men’s and women’s sides on Senior Night, posting scores of 130-67 (W) and 122-44 (M). 

The Hawkeyes have earned seven Big Ten Conference weekly honors during the 2019-20 season.
• 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)

• Seniors: Hannah Burvill has four NCAA “B” cuts in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 100 back, while Allyssa Flluit notched her only cut in the 200 free.
• Juniors: Kelsey Drake has two “B” standards in the 100 and 200 fly.  
• Freshmen: Millie Sansome also has a “B” cut in the 200 back.

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)

Following the women’s championships, the Hawkeye men travel to Bloomington, Indiana, for the 2020 Men’s Big Ten Conference Championships from Feb. 26-29.