Swim & Dive Notes: at Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series


University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving returns to action on Friday, Dec. 8 for the Iowa Corn Cy- Hawk dual against in-state rival Iowa State. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) at Beyer Hall Pool in Ames, Iowa. 


• Live results for the meet are available on hawkeyesports.com (via the schedule page) and Meet Mobile. 

• Fans can also follow the Hawkeyes on Twitter (@ IowaSwimDive) for live meet updates. 


• The Hawkeyes defeated Nebraska head-to-head in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Nov. 10, 159.5-140.5. 

• The Hawkeyes tallied 10 individual wins against Nebraska including two top 10 all-time ranks at Iowa. 

• Iowa kicked off the 2023-24 season with a, 197-104, victory against UNI. 

• Iowa returned 20 student-athletes from last season and added 10 newcomers this season, including eight freshmen and two transfers 

• Amongst the returners are senior diver Sarah Ballard and junior Makayla Hughbanks, who qualified to compete in last season’s NCAA Zone D Diving Championships 


The Hawkeyes combined for 17 top-10 program performances and counting throughout the course of the 2023-24 season. 

• 50 Free – Kennedy Gilbertson (22.70) – 3rd all-time 

• 50 Free – Scarlet Martin (22.91) – 6th all-time 

• 100 Free – Sabina Kupcova (50.26) – T-6th all-time 

• 100 Free – Jenn Kerr (50.26) – T-6th all-time 

• 200 Free – Sabina Kupcova (1:47.93) – 6th all-time 

• 200 Free – Jenna Kerr (1:48.86) – 8th all-time 

• 500 Free – Jenna Kerr (4:48.63) – 8th all-time 

• 1650 Free – Jenna Kerr (16:46.86) – 10th all-time 

• 100 Breast – Olivia Swalley (1:01.76) – 6th all-time 

• 200 Breast – Olivia Swalley (2:12.92) – 4th all-time 

• 200 Fly – Scarlet Martin (1:58.67) – 4th all-time 

• 200 IM – Olivia Swalley (1:59.15) – 3rd all-time 

• 400 IM – Olivia Swalley (4:14.72) – 2nd all-time 

• 200 Medley Relay – Gilbertson, Swalley, Martin, Kerr (1:39.59) – 5th all-time 

• 400 Medley Relay – Gilbertson, Swalley, Martin, Kerr (3:38.28) – 7th all-time 

• 200 Free Relay – Gilbertson, Kerr, Swalley, Martin (1:31.46) – 6th all-time 

• 1 Meter Dive – Makayla Hughbanks (312.60) – 8th all-time 


Junior Makayla Hughbanks came away with a career-best 312.6 in the 1-meter dive, ranking eigth all-time in program history. The Bettendorf, Iowa, native also leads the team in the 3-meter dive score, posting a zone-qualifying total of 355.40 ranking fifth overall in Iowa history. 


Sarah Ballard and Simone Beinlich qualified for NCAA Zone Diving in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, following the Hawkeye Invitational. Beinlich finished second in the 1-meter dive (276.30) and fourth in the 3-meter (291.80), while Ballard posted her best 1-meter dive in the prelims (272.45) and a career-best in the 3-meter (319.55). 


Over the three day Hawkeye Invitational, Iowa combined for 15 of Iowa’s top-10 all-time ranks. Four of these were in relays, while the rest were individual. Freshman Olivia Swalley contributed to eight of these rankings between individual and relay events, while sophomore Scarlet Martin added six. 


Iowa tallied ten individual wins to beat Big Ten foe Nebraska, 159.5- 140.5, for the Hawkeyes’ second meet victory of the 2023-24 season. 


In only the third meet of the season, freshman Olivia Swalley has etched her name on Iowa’s top-ten list as part of seven rankings. She ranks sixth all-time in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.76), fourth all-time in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.92), third all-time in the 200 IM (1:59.15) and second all time in the 400 IM (4:14.72). Swalley has also contributed to rankings in the 200 Free Relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. 


Sophomore Scarlet Martin was responsible for two individual Iowa top 10 finishes, including a fourth place ranking in the 200 butterfly (1:58.67) and a sixth all time ranking in the 50 Free (22.91). She also contributed to four all-time relays. 


University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving travels Tuesday, Jan. 2 to take on Miami at 1 p.m. (CT) inside Whitten Center Pool in Coral Gables, Florida.