2023-24 Final Notes


The Hawkeyes scored 303 points at the 2024 Big Ten Championships, an over-100-point improvement from last season. Iowa had 14 individual performances in the finals session and reached the podium with an eighth-place finish in the 400-freestyle relay.

Further postseason success took place at the National Invitational Championships in Ocala, Florida. Competing against 65 teams, Iowa placed ninth with 327 points.

The Hawkeyes secured dual meet victories over Illinois, Iowa State, Nebraska, UNI and Vanderbilt. The Hawkeyes’ win over Iowa State clinched the final point necessary to bring the CyHawk Trophy back to Iowa City.

Freshman Olivia Swalley earned four B1G freshman of the week honors, while sophomore Scarlet Martin claimed 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.

Four Hawkeyes posted a total of 10 NCAA B cut times (Kennedy Gilbertson, Jenna Kerr, Scarlet Martin, Olivia Swalley).


The Hawkeyes combined for 23 top-10 program performances 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 (50.14) – 4th all-time

100 Free – Jenna Kerr (50.26) – T-7th all-time

200 Free – Jenna Kerr (1:46.97) – 5th all-time

200 Free – Sabina Kupcova (1:47.93) – 7th all-time

500 Free – Jenna Kerr (4:45.15) – 4th all-time

1000 Free – Jenna Kerr (10:01.53) – 7th all-time

1000 Free – Alix O’Brien (10:02.46) – 8th all-time

1650 Free – Jenna Kerr (16:34.23) – 5th all-time

100 Breast – Olivia Swalley (1:01.02) – 2nd 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 (1:58.47) – 2nd all-time

200 IM – Sabina Kupcova (2:01.21) – 6th 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

200 Medley Relay – Gilbertson, Swalley, Kupcova, Kerr (1:39.95) – 7th 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

800 Free Relay – Kerr, Kupcova, Swalley, Martin (7:12.57) – 6th all-time

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

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


Freshmen Jenna Kerr and Olivia Swalley shared the team’s most valuable swimmer of the year award. Kerr posted NCAA ‘B’ cut time standards in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. In her rookie campaign, Kerr placed second in the 200 freestyle at the National Invitational Championship and was a ‘B’ finalist at the Big Ten Championships. Kerr is currently in Iowa’s top-10 in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events. Swalley posted ‘B’ cut times in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 and 400 IM. Swalley was the 200 IM champion at the NIC and a ‘B’ finalist at the Big Ten Championships. Swalley is ranked in the program’s top-10 in four events, including the second-best mark in the 100 breaststroke and 400 IM. Both Kerr and Swalley were members of Iowa’s 400 freestyle relay team that placed eighth at the Big Ten Championships.


Junior Makayla Hughbanks earned Iowa’s diver of the year honor, while holding the team’s best marks in the one-meter and three-meter dives. Hughbanks’ score of 356.93 points in the three meter at Illinois ranks fifth in program history, while her 312.60 points against UNI in the one meter is eighth in Iowa history. With those marks, she qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The Bettendorf, Iowa, native was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week in October and won four events during the season. Hughbanks was Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree and a member of the Academic All-Big Ten team.


The Hawkeyes qualified four divers to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Houston, Texas, on March 11-13. Sarah Ballard, Simone Beinlich, Makayla Hughbanks and Geneva Pauly headed to Houston after achieving qualifying scores throughout the season. Pauly moved on to the finals of the platform dive, placing 11th and just two spots from punching her ticket to the NCAA Championships.


The team accumulated a 3.43 GPA during the fall semester and was named Academic All-Americans by the College Coaches Swimming & Diving Association of America. Twelve swimmers & divers were named to the 2023-24 winter Academic All-Big Ten team. Four Hawkeyes were Academic All-District honorees (Olivia Asay, Annie Galvin, Alix O’Brien, Leslie Wendel).


In only the third meet of the season, freshman Olivia Swalley etched her name on Iowa’s top-ten list as part of seven rankings. She ranks second all-time in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.20), fourth all-time in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.92), second all-time in the 200 IM (1:58.47) and second all-time in the 400 IM (4:14.72). Swalley also contributed to rankings in the 200 free relay, the 200-medley relay and the 400-medley relay.


Stay in touch with the Hawkeyes during the offseason via the team’s official social media channels. Find the team on X (@IowaSwimDive), Instagram (hawkeyeswimdive) and Facebook (University of Iowa Swimming and Diving).