IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving tied SEC opponent Vanderbilt at 131 in its final home meet of the 2022-23 season.
“It was a total team effort today,” Iowa head coach Nathan Mundt said. “It was really special to have a couple people step up for events that they don’t normally do. Leslie Wendel and Olivia Asay were two that made a difference. We’re getting better week by week, heading towards championship season.”
The Hawkeyes opened Saturday’s competition with a win from the quartet of senior Kennedy Gilbertson, graduate student Sheridan Schreiber, freshman Scarlet Martin, and sophomore Molly Pedersen in the 200-medley relay.
Sophomore Alix O’Brien, freshmen Sila Ozkazanc and Meredith O’Malley swept the top three placements in the 1000 free, respectively, tallying a total of 16 points for Iowa’s team score.
Iowa had a quick stretch of first-place finishes in the first portion of the meet. Gilbertson took home gold in the 100 back, while freshman Sabina Kupcova came away victorious in both the 50 and 200 free.
Gilbertson added to her individual win total with a victory in the 100 free. Ozkazanc and Martin followed up with wins in the 200 back and 100 fly.
The Hawkeyes capped off the morning with a win in the 400 free relay. Iowa’s victorious squad of Gilbertson, Kupcova, Pedersen, and Martin rallied for 11 points to tie the final team total score.
Iowa will travel to Evanston, Illinois, next weekend for a Big Ten meet with Minnesota, Northwestern, and Purdue on Jan. 27-28.