University of Iowa Athletics
Back/IM

Kenneth Mende

Class RS Sr.
Hometown Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
High School Sportgymnasium Chemnitz

2018-19 Honors – CSCAA honorable mention Scholar All-American… named Iowa’s Swimming Most Valuable Player… Academic All-Big Ten honoree… named to the Dean’s List during the fall semester. 2018-19 — Posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100 back (46.82) and 200 back (1:42.15)… finished seventh at the 2019 Big Ten Championships as a member of the 400-medley relay and in the 200 back (1:42.53), ninth as a member of the 200-medley relay, and 11th in the 100 back (47.10)… led the team in the 100 back (46.82) and in the 200 back (1:42.15)… was second on the team in the 200 IM (1:47.42)… ends collegiate career as a school record holder in the 200 back (1:42.12) and 400-medley relay, finished third all-time in the 100 back (46.79) and 200 IM (1:47.42).

2017-18 Honors — One of four Hawkeyes to share team MVP Award… CSCAA honorable mention Scholar All-American… Academic All-Big Ten… named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester. 2017-18 — Earned a bronze medal, finishing third with an NCAA “B” qualifying and school record time of 1:42.12 at the Big Ten Championships… also swam to a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (46.80), a fifth-place showing in the 200-medley (1:25.77) and 400-medley (3:08.24) relays, and a seventh-place finish in the 800-free relay (6:28.93) at the Big Tens… swam to NCAA “B” qualifying times and led the team in the 100 back (46.79), 200 back (1:42.12), and 200 IM (1:47.67)… also had the team’s second-fastest time in the 200 free (1:38.24)… member of the team’s top 800-free relay (6:28.83), 200-medley relay (1:25.77), and 400-medley relay (3:08.24)… swam to 10 individual event victories.

2016-17 Honors — Iowa’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award… honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-American… named to Dean’s List during spring semester. 2016-17 Iowa’s Co-MVP and recipient of the team’s Strength and Conditioning Award… broke the school record in the 200-back (1:42.19) at the Big Ten Championships… swam to a season-best time in 100 back (47.28) with an NCAA “B” time standard… swam collegiate-best times in the 200 IM (1:48.57) and 200 back (1:42.19) with NCAA “B” qualifying times… finished seventh in the 200 back and 13th in the 100 back at the Big Ten Championships… was a member of the 200 and 400-medley relays that finished seventh and eighth, respectively, at the Big Ten Championships.

2015-16 Honors — Academic All-Big Ten honoree. 2015-16 — NCAA qualifier in two events — 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay… swam to NCAA “B” qualifying times and led team in 100 back (47.19) and 200 back (1:43.87)… member of the NCAA automatic qualifying and school-record-setting 400-medley relay (3:07.83)… also led team and swam a career-best in 200 IM (1:49.12) and was third on team in 400 IM (4:05.32)… member of team-leading and NCAA provisional qualifying 200-medley relay (1:25.67)… placed 20th in 200-medley relay (1:26.50) and 21st in 400-medley relay (3:10.06) at NCAA Championships… scored in four events at the Big Ten Championships… placed third in 400-medley relay (3:07.83), fourth in 200-medley relay (1:25.67), 12th in 200 back (1:44.65), and 14th in 100 back (47.45)… won five individual events and three relays on the year.

2014-15 — Redshirted.

High School — Top times are 47.66 (100-yard back), 1:44.07 (200-yard back), 1:49.66 (200-yard IM), 3:58.47 (400-yard IM)… 53.58 (100-back SCM), 1:57.19 (200 back SCM), 2:02.95 (200 IM SCM), 4:25.32 (400 IM SCM), 56.15 (100 back LCM), 2:02.24 (200 back LCM), 2:04.95 (200 IM LCM), 4:31.67 (400 IM LCM)… coached by Steven Krueger.

Personal — Born Aug. 10, 1994… son of Karsten and Ines Mende… has an older sister, Sabrina… majoring in finance.

Mende’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
100 Free 46.14 Western Illinois 2/1/19
200 Free 1:38.24 at Minnesota Invitational 12/2/17
100 Back 46.79 at Big Ten Championships 2/22/18
200 Back 1:42.12 at Big Ten Championships 2/24/18
200 IM 1:47.42 Big Ten Championships 2/28/19
400 IM 4:05.32 Hawkeye Invitational 12/5/15