University of Iowa Athletics

Serena Wanasek

Class Sr.
Hometown Burlington, Wis.
High School Burlington

Hawk Item — Ranks seventh in the UI record books in the 200 free (1:49.20)…member of UI school record holding 400 free relay (3:18.83).

2016-17 — Recipient of the Alison Pennington Haddon Strength of Character Award… swam to collegiate-best times in 100 free (50.64), 200 free (1:49.08), and 500 free (4:54.14)… swam to a season-best time in 50 free (24.71)… member of 400-free relay (3:18.83) and 800-free relay (7:14.79) that finished ninth and 11th, respectively, at the Big Ten Championships… 400-free relay broke the Iowa school record… led team in 500 free, was second in 200 free, and third in 100 Free… Academic All-Big Ten selection… Iowa’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

2015-16 — Swam to collegiate-bests in 50 free (24.31), 100 free (51.07), 200 free (1:49.20), and 500 free (4:56.05)… member of the 10th-place 800-free relay (7:20.79) at Big Ten Championships… member of two winning relays on the year… Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2014-15 — Swam collegiate-best times in the 100 free (51.26), 200 free (1:49.80), 500 free (4:56.53), and 1,000 free (10:37.11)… recorded to 21 top-5 finishes… named Academic All-Big Ten… letterwinner.

2013-14 — Was a member of the 800-free relay team that posted the fifth-fastest time in program history (7:20.52)… recorded collegiate-best times in the 50-free (24.60) at the Hawkeye Invitational, 100 (51.50) 200 (1:51.20) and 500-free (10:41.36) at Big Ten Championships, and 1,000-free (10:41.36) at the Black & Gold Intrasquad… posted 13 top-10 times… letterwinner.

High School — Named the All-County Swimmer of the Year as a senior… all-state in 200 free as a junior… three-time honorable mention all-state… two-time team MVP… recipient of the Coaches Award as a junior… seven-time conference champion… school-record-holder in 100 free, 200 free and 200 and 400-free relays… 2011 state champion in the 400-meter freestyle… finished eighth in 800-free relay at NCSA Junior Nationals in 2013… four-time Academic All-American… coached by Denita Jones and Ken France.

Personal — Born March 1, 1995… daughter of John and Leslie Wanasek… has four younger siblings, Sara, Olivia, Devon, and Ian… majoring in human physiology.

Wanasek’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
50 Free 24.31 Hawkeye Invitational 12/4/15
100 Free 50.64 at Big Ten Championships 2/18/17
200 Free 1:49.08 at Big Ten Championships 2/19/16
500 Free 4:54.14 at Big Ten Championships 2/16/17
1,000 Free 10:37.11 Nebraska/Michigan 10/3-4/14
100 Back 59.40 South Dakota 11/3/16