Hawkeyes Bounce Illinois, Fall to Notre Dame

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team posted a 198-102 Big Ten dual victory over Illinois on Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The Hawkeye women fell to 22nd-ranked Notre Dame, 217-80, and the Iowa men fell to the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish, 187-113.


The relay team of Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Meghan Hackett, and Mekenna Scheitlin swam to a second place finish in the 200-medley relay to start the day, while the quartet of Meghan Lavelle, Sage Ohlensehlen, Kelly McNamara and Samantha Sauer touched in at 1:44.91 for a season-best and a fourth place finish. 


On the men’s side, Stefan Fiolic, Tanner Nelson, RJ Hemmingsen, and Will Scott locked a fourth place finish with a time of 1:34.27 in the 200 medley.



“It was great to get the win over Illinois; we had some great racing out there today. Notre Dame we knew would be a challenge with both their men’s and women’s teams being ranked. We saw great things in the diving well, and I think when we break it down we saw many good things. All in all I am proud of how they came together.”



The men posted two wins Saturday, sophomore Joe Myhre provided the Hawkeyes a victory in the 100 free with a time of 44.45, while the quartet Scott, Myhre, Matt Kamin and Jack Smith finished with a win in the 400-free relay, touching in at 2:57.99


Sophomore Forrest White swam to a season-best time of 50.48 in the 100 back, finishing fourth in the event. Junior Kenneth Mende would finish second in the event with a time of 48.91. White also went on to swim another season-best in the 200 back, touching in at 1:49.75 to finish third.


Freshman Daniel Swanepoel swam to a runner-up finish in the 100 breast with a time of 56.97. Michael Tenney swam to a runner-up finish to lead Iowa in the 200 fly, the sophomore touched in at 1:48.52. Tenney went on to another runner-up finish in the 200 IM, with a 1:53.12 time.


Junior’s Jack Smith, Michal Brzus and Matt Kamin finished 2-3-4 in the 50 free with times of 20.54, 20.69 and 20.77, respectively.


In the diving well, senior Matt Mauser finished second off the 1-meter springboard with a career-best zone-standard score of 340.95 to lead the Hawkeyes. Freshman Anton Hoherz and junior Will Brenner finished third and fourth with zone-standard scores of 318.60 and 318.55.


Hoherz finished with a zone-standard dive off the platform, scoring a season-best 356.65.



The Hawkeye women clinched their second Big Ten win of the season today. Sophomore Hannah Burvill swam to two runner-up finishes -- the 500 free (5:00.52) and the 1000 free (10:12.01).


Kelly McNamara also finished runner-up in the 100 fly, the junior touched in at 55.51. Sophomore Allyssa Fluit led the Hawkeyes in the 200 free, finishing fourth with a time of 1:52.09. Senior Shea Hoyt swam to a third place finish in the 100 breast, touching in at 1:04.81.


Senior Meghan Lavelle and junior Devin Jacobs would finish fourth and fifth in the 200 IM, touching in at 2:09.18 and 2:10.04, respectively.


In the diving well, freshman Jayah Mathews dove to a third place finish off the 3-meter springboard with a score of 285.90. Sophomore Thelma Strandberg dove to a season-best zone-standard of 248.20 off the platform.  


UP NEXTThe Hawkeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois, next Saturday, January 20, for a Big Ten dual against Northwestern. The meet will begin 11 a.m. (CT).  FOLLOW THE HAWKEYESFor an inside look at the Iowa swimming and diving program and access to exclusive coverage, "like" Iowa Swimming and Diving on Facebook and follow @IowaSwimDive on Twitter and @hawkeyeswimdive on Instagram.

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