University of Iowa Athletics

Makayla Hughbanks

Class Jr.
Hometown Bettendorf, Iowa
High School Bettendorf
Makayla Hughbanks - Women's Swim & Dive - University of Iowa Athletics

2023-24 — Posted NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standards, team-leading and collegiate bests off 1-meter vs. UNI (312.60) and 3-meter at Illinois (356.93)… those totals rank eighth and fifth, respectively, all-time at Iowa… named Big Ten Diver of the Week after her performance vs. UNI… placed 14th off 1-meter (251.15) and 21st off 3-meter (249.30) at B1G Championships… won four individual event titles (two off 1-meter and two off 3-meter)… Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree… Academic All-Big Ten honoree… Dean’s List student (Fall 2023, Spring 2024)… named Diving Team MVP… letterwinner.

2022-23 — Posted NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standards and team-leading marks off 1-meter (311.55) and 3-meter (355.40)… tallied eight individual wins during the season (five on 3-meter and three on 1-meter)… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… Academic All-Big Ten… Dean’s List student (Fall 2022, Spring 2023)… letterwinner.

2021-22 — Posted NCAA Zone Diving qualifying standards off 1-meter… scored team’s third highest 1-meter (277.20)… scored team’s fourth highest 3-meter (266.18) and platform (161.95)… placed 34th in preliminary rounds at NCAA Zone D Diving Championships (232.65)… second-team CSCAA Scholar All-American… Dean’s List student (Fall 2021, Spring 2022).


High School — First-team all-state as a senior… three-time all-conference selection… 2020 state champion… three-time conference champion… set school varsity six and 11 dive records… National Honor Society member… four-year academic honoree… also participated in competitive tumbling at Elite Twisters Fire… high school coach was Mary Doeder.

Personal — Born Aug. 29, 2003, in Geneseo, Ill… daughter of Lyndsay and Joe O’Brien (stepfather) and Jeff Hughbanks… has three older siblings, Rylan Hughbanks and Tristan and Tylar O’Brien… enterprise leadership major.

Hughbanks’ Collegiate Bests

Event Mark Meet Date
1-Meter 312.60 vs. UNI 10/6/23
3-Meter 356.95 at Illinois 1/12/24
Platform 161.90 at Georgia Tech Invite 11/20/21