Swim & Dive Notes: at Purdue


The Hawkeyes head to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a packed meet against conference foes Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. (CT) and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. (CT). The meet will be live streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).


• 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 beat Illinois 166.5-133.5 in their meet on Jan. 12 in Champaign. Freshman Olivia Swalley earned three first-place finishes in the 100 (1:03.48) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.86), and in the 400 IM (4:21.54). Sophomore Scarlet Martin added a victory in the 100 butterfly (54.74) with an ARC pool record and in the 200 butterfly (2:01.95). 


• Freshman Olivia Swalley has four B1G freshman of the week honors, while sophomore Scarlet Martin has three B1G swimmer of the week honors this season. 

• On Dec. 13, 2023, junior Makayla Hughbanks received her second B1G diver of the week honor.

• 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 divers senior 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 (1:01.53) – 6th all-time 

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

• 200 Fly – Scarlet Martin (1:58.67) – T-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 

• 3 Meter Dive – Makayla Hughbanks (356.93) – 5th all-time 


Junior Makayla Hughbanks came away with a career-best 312.6 in the 1-meter dive, ranking eighth 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 356.93, ranking fifth overall in school 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 personal 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 between individual and relay events, while sophomore Scarlet Martin added six.  


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 (1:01.53), 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 freestyle (22.91). She also contributed to four all-time relays.  


The Hawkeyes head back to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete across a span of four days at the B1G Championships. The team will take to the pool on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m (CT), and Thursday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. (CT). The meet will be live streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).