IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team broke two school records on the opening day of the Big Ten Championships on Wednesday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The Hawkeyes are sixth in the team standings through two events with 92 points; Michigan is atop the standings with 118 points.
The 800-free relay team of seniors Hannah Burvill, Allyssa Fluit, and freshmen Millie Sansome and Macy Rink swam a blistering 7:04.70 to capture the first school record of the championships for Iowa. The group shattered the previous record of 7:08.06 — a time that was set in 2018 — to finish fourth overall. The time is an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
The 200-medley relay of Sansome, juniors Sage Ohlensehlen and Kelsey Drake, and freshman Kennedy Gilbertson opened the relay with a time of 1:39.94, a season-best and sixth all-time in program history. The time was ninth overall.
DRAKE’S EXTRA SWIM
Drake swam a time trial in the 200-yard butterfly in the final event of the opening session. The junior swam a career-best and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:55.89 to shatter her own school record (1:57.87). Last season, a time of 1:56.2 earned a spot in the NCAA Championships.
“That has gotten into NCAAs every year, so we’ll see,” said head coach Marc Long. “It’s awesome. She battles, is very matter of fact and works hard. She is unassuming, but she steps up. I am proud of her.”
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH MARC LONG
“Tonight it was great to see people step up. That relay beat our school record by four seconds and got fourth. That’s what we want to do, we want to keep moving up and keep racing like this and see how it goes. We’re happy with the start and we have a lot of racing the next few days.”
The Hawkeyes return to preliminary action tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CT). Follow live on Meet Mobile or hawkeyesports.com/swimlive.