Swalley Moves to 2nd All-Time at B1G Quad

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — University of Iowa swimming and diving freshman Olivia Swalley posted the program’s second-best time in the 100 breaststroke at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center on Friday evening.

The Johnston, Iowa, native won the race in 1:01.02, jumping from sixth to second all-time.

“We saw some very good competition tonight within the Big Ten,” head coach Nathan Mundt said. “Our team had some great performances including several lifetime and season bests.  We’re making excellent progress this season, and we still have a lot to learn. We’re excited to compete again tomorrow and then head into our championship season.”

Additionally, the Hawkeyes set six season bests and two new collegiate bests.

Junior Alix O’Brien kicked things off with her new personal record time of 10:04.46 in the 1,000 free. The time was a three second improvement from O’Briens previous best. In the same race, sophomore Meredith O’Malley posted a time of 10:31.32 to set her first season best of the night.

Joining Swalley in the 100 breaststroke, O’Malley set another season best of 1:09.46, bettering her previous best by almost two seconds.

The 200 free was quite the race for the Hawkeyes as well. Freshman Jenna Kerr placed fourth with a season-best time of 1:48.28. Sophomore Sabina Kupcova came in seventh with a time of 1:49.23, also posting her best time of the campaign. Rounding out the season bests for this event was freshman Josie Hood with a time of 1:50.81.

Another highlight of the day was the 200 fly. Freshman Mallory Kell touched the wall in 2:04.02 and improved her previous best by three seconds. Sophomore Leslie Wendel clocked a time of 2:07.02 to post a new collegiate best.

Through 11 events, the Hawkeyes conclude day one of the B1G Quad meet trailing Purdue, Minnesota and Northwestern. Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT).

Through 11 events:
Purdue 143
Iowa 62

Minnesota 150
Iowa 55

Northwestern 105
Iowa 97

200 Medley Relay:
4. Gilbertson, Swalley, Martin, Kerr (1:40.21)
8. Schimming, Kell, Galvin, Pedersen (1:46.13)

1000 Free:
5. Alix O’Brien (10:04.46), collegiate best
8. Olivia Frantum (10:16.46)
10. Meredith O’Malley (10:31.32), season best

200 Free:
4. Jenna Kerr (1:48.28), season best
7. Sabina Kupcova (1:49.23), season best
11. Josie Hood (1:50.81), season best

100 Back:
5. Kennedy Gilbertson (54.27)
10. Annie Galvin (55.75)
11. Hope Schimming (56.25)

100 Breast:
1. Olivia Swalley (1:01.02), 2nd all-time
11. Alix O’Brien (1:06.05), first swim
12. Meredith O’Malley (1:09.46), season best

200 Fly:
7. Scarlet Martin (2:01.19)
8. Mallory Kell (2:04.02), season best
12. Leslie Wendel (2:07.02), collegiate best

50 Free:
5. Kennedy Gilbertson (23.46)
12. Madison Stone (25.09)

200 IM:
3. Olivia Swalley (2:01.13)
8. Sabina Kupcova (2:03.78)
11. Annie Galvin (2:05.85)

800 Free Relay:
4. Kerr, Kupcova, Swalley, Martin (7:23.99)
7. Pedersen, Hood, O’Brien, Frantum (7:28.56)