Hawkeyes Finish In Top 10 at NIC

OCALA, Fla. – University of Iowa swimming and diving concluded its season with a top 10 finish at the National Invitational Championship on Saturday night.

Competing against 65 teams, the Hawkeyes finished in ninth with 327 points.

“We’re very proud of the performances tonight,” head coach Nathan Mundt said. “We ended the weekend with a great race in the 400 freestyle relay, placing fourth overall. Our goal coming into this meet was to gain experience and race against some of the best in the country. We accomplished that by having multiple season and lifetime best performances, while advancing our program to the next level.”

Kennedy Gilbertson placed fifth individually in the 200 backstroke and moved to fourth all-time at Iowa with her 1:57.19 personal record in the finals.

Jenna Kerr showcased her strength in the long-distance races, finishing seventh in the 1,650 freestyle and eighth in the 1,000 freestyle. Her time of 16:34.23 in the 1,650 moved her to fifth at Iowa, while the 10:02.33 in the 1,000 elevated her to seventh in program history.

Sabina Kupcova qualified for the final of the 100 freestyle and finished 16th in 50.62.

The 400 freestyle relay team capped the night with a 3:20.53 to place fourth.

The Hawkeyes’ season has come to a close and Iowa enters the offseason.

200 Backstroke Prelim
4. Kennedy Gilbertson – 1:58.26

200 Backstroke Final
5. Kennedy Gilbertson – 1:57.19, PR + 4th at Iowa

100 Freestyle Prelim
17. Sabina Kupcova – 50.61

100 Freestyle Final
16. Sabina Kupcova – 50.62

200 Breaststroke Prelim
27. Olivia Swalley – 2:17.93

1,000 Freestyle Final
8. Jenna Kerr – 10:02.33, 7th at Iowa

1,650 Freestyle Final
7. Jenna Kerr – 16:34.23, 5th at Iowa

400 Freestyle Relay
4. Kupcova, Kerr, Gilbertson, Swalley – 3:20.53