University of Iowa Athletics
Back/Free

Kennedy Gilbertson

Class So.
Hometown Plover, Wis.
High School Stevens Point Area Senior

Hawk Item — Ranks seventh in the Iowa record books in the 200 back (1:57.58) and ninth in the 50 free (23.16).

2019-20 — Member of the team-leading 200-free (1:31.09), 400-free (3:19.41), and 200-medley (1:39.94) relays… recorded collegiate bests and finished third on the team in the 50 free (23.16), fifth in 200 free (1:50.97), fourth in 100 back (54.88), third in 200 back (1:57.58), and third in 100 fly (55.52)… scored in four events at the Big Ten Championships, placing ninth in the 200-medley (1:39.94) and 200-free (1:31.09) relays, 10th in 400-free relay (3:20.35), and 23rd in 200 back (1:58.42).

High School — All-state selection as a senior in the 100 back… four-time all-conference selection, earning two honors as a junior (100 back, 200 IM) and two as a senior (100 back, 100 free)… team MVP as a sophomore… school record holder in the 100 back (55.49)… conference record holder in 100 back (56.69)… nominated for “Athlete of the Year” from Sports Awards USA Today Media of Wisconsin… placed third in the state in the 100 back (55.50) in 2018, sixth in 100 back (56.99) in 2017, and 23rd in 100 back in 2016… five-time conference champion, winning the 100 back from 2016-18, 200 IM in 2017 and 100 free in 2018… helped team to three conference titles and a fifth place team finish in 2017… won the 100-meter back at the 2019 USA state Wisconsin meet (1:03.66)… posted top 14 finishes at 2019 Minnesota Speedo Sectionals, placing 11th in 100-meter back (1:03.93), 12th in 100-meter fly (1:02.47), and 14th in 200-meter back (2:21.47)… top times are: 54.35 (100 back), 2:02.54 (200 fly), 1:57.58 (200 back), 50.51 (100 free), and 23.13 (50 free)… high school coaches were Daylyn Hopp and Courtney McMurrain.

Personal — Born March 26, 2001, in Wisconsin Rapids… daughter of Chad Gilbertson… majoring in business management.

Gilbertson’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
50 Free 23.16 Big Ten Championships 2/20/20
200 Free 1:50.97 at Shamrock Invitational 1/25/20
100 Back 54.88 at Shamrock Invitational 1/25/20
200 Back 1:57.58 Big Ten Championships 2/21/20
100 Fly 55.52 at Shamrock Invitational 1/25/20
200 IM 2:07.98 Notre Dame/Illinois 1/11/20