Western Illinois, Northern Iowa at Iowa
- Feb. 1, 2019
- Men: Iowa def. Western Illinois 151-56
- Women: Iowa def. Western Illinois 172-49; Iowa def. Northern Iowa 137-86; UNI def. Western Illinois 181-43
Courtesy: Iowa Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa swimming and diving team dominated in its final regular season meet of the season, sweeping Western Illinois and Northern Iowa at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The Hawkeye men swept all 12 events to beat Western Illinois, 151-56, while the women posted two victories, downing Western Illinois (172-49) and Northern Iowa (137-86).
The Iowa men finish the regular season with a 6-2 dual record, the women are 6-6.
The Hawkeye women started the meet with a 1-2 punch in the 200-medley relay followed by a top four sweep by the men.
Junior Allyssa Fluit (1:49.85) and freshman Lauren McDougall (1:50.11) took first and second in the women’s 200 free to continue Iowa’s surge.
Sophomore Thomas Pederson (1:38.00), freshman Aleksey Tarasenko (1:39.89), freshman Jackson Allmon (1:40.87), and senior Ben Colin (1:43.46) took the top four spots in the men’s 200 free. Pederson’s time was a career best.
The sprints showed their dominance with a top-four sweep in the 50 free by junior Steve Fiolic (20.49), junior Sam Dumford (20.82), senior Matt Kamin (20.92), and junior Michael Tenney (21.01).
The women swept the 100 fly with top three finishes from sophomores Kelsey Drake (54.88) and Sarah Schemmel (56.95), and Morgan Grout (58.58).
The men followed with a top-four sweep in the 100 fly from sophomore Jackson Kuhlers (49.37) and freshman Matjaz Rozman (49.65), Dumford (49.89), and Tarasenko (50.05). Kuhlers, Dumford, and Tarasenko recorded season-bests.
The final sweep came in the 100 free from junior Will Scott (44.75), freshman Mateusz Arndt (45.60), Kamin (45.80), and senior Kenneth Mende (46.14).
DIVING TAKES ALL
Iowa dominated the 3-meter springboards with sophomore Jayah Mathews (380.20), freshman Sam Tamborski (355.05), and senior Jacintha Thomas (310.20) placing 1-2-3. All three scores were career bests. Mathews also won the 1-meter springboard with a score of 324.70.
Senior Will Brenner dominated on the boards for the men with two first-place finishes, winning the 1-meter with a score of 349.35 and 3-meter with a 394.30. Brenner’s score off the 3-meter was a career best.
DISTANCE PULLS AWAY
Fluit (4:59.47) and junior Hannah Burvill (5:06.63) combined for a 1-2 punch in the women’s 500 free. Pederson (4:33.03) and sophomore Tom Schab (4:39.90) also completed a 1-2 sweep in the 500 free.
Burvill (23.68), McDougall (24.00), junior Samantha Sauer (24.13), and Schemmel (24.19) all finished within the top five in the 50 free.
Fluit (50.66) and McDougall (51.67) were first and third in the women’s 100 free, while freshman Anze Fers Erzen took the crown in the men’s 100 back with a time of 50.58. Freshman Caleb Babb swam to a first place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 55.68.
In the final event of the day, Iowa’s 200-free relay both finished with wins with the men touching in 1.20.59 and the women in 1:35.08.
The Hawkeye women open championship season Feb. 20 at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. The Iowa men will host the Big Ten Championships from Feb. 27-March 2.
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Western Illinois’ swimming and diving program wrapped part one of its regular season finale Friday in action against Iowa and Northern Iowa.
The meet pit the Leathernecks’ men’s team against Iowa where they fell, 151-65, while the women raced against the Panthers and Hawkeyes, dropping both competitions, 181-43, and 172-49, respectively.
“We had a tough meet today, but we had the opportunity to see some races that will result in possible relay positions at conference in a couple of weeks,” said head coach Greg Naumann.
The Leathernecks’ relay teams finished top 5 in each of their competitions, including a pair of fourth place times in the women’s 200-yard medley (1:51.44) and 200-yard freestyle (1:42.22). Western raced two teams in the latter event, where Chance McQuigg, Nicholas Kontos, Brennan Bladel, and Adam Peterson posted the best relay finish of the day with a second-place time of 1:27.25.
Individually, Phillip Kudela touched in at second in the 50-yard freestyle (4:53.39) while McQuigg did the same in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.59).
“My main focus was to get those last couple of swims in to help our positions at conference for individual events and relays. We’ve had a tough week with a meet on Sunday, and then have back-to-back meets this weekend. They’ll be a little tired, but all we have is a couple of weeks of resting before we leave for the Summit League Championships.”
Western wraps its regular season schedule in a rescheduled dual meet at Olivet Nazarene Saturday at 1 p.m.
Courtesy: Northern Iowa Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa— The UNI swimming and diving team concluded the regular season this evening, competing against Iowa and Western Illinois.
Crystal Florman timed in at twenty-three second and forty-three hundredths of a second (23.43) in the 50 freestyle for first-place. Florman clocked in at 50.78 in the 100 freestyle for second-place.
Katie Taylor led all competitors for the 100 IM, clocking in at 56.81. Taylor swam a 54.88 in the 100 backstroke, swimming into first-place.
Moriah Ross led all competitors in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a 1:04.03. Ross timed in at 59.56 for third-place in the 100 IM.
Taylor, Florman, Lauren Kacmarynski, and Abby Meyer finished in second place in the 200 freestyle relay, timing in at 1:35.50. The Panther relay team of Madison Rinaldi, Lauren Havertape, Kelsey Ostrowski, and Kacmarynski took third in the 200 medley relay, swimming a combined time of 1:49.52.
Jordan McCullough and Kylie Engstrom finished back-to-back in the 200 and 500 freestyle. McCullough swam a 1:57.38 for third-place in the 200 freestyle, while Engstrom timed in at 1:57.55 in the same event. In the 500 freestyle, McCullough swam a 5:10.43 for third-place. Engstrom swam a 5:11.94 for fourth-place in the event.
Ostrowski timed in at 59.54 for fourth-place in the 100 butterfly. Rachelle Houlette swam a 1:00.81, while Havertape timed in at 1:01.42 in the event.
Rinaldi timed in at 59.14 in the 100 backstroke, swimming into fourth-place.
In the diving well, Jayden Lovell led the Panthers on the 1-meter boards. Lovell earned a 236.55 for second-place. Alyssa Deuso dove a 225.10 for third-place on the 1-meter boards, while Mary Kate Ferlmann dove a 221.30 for fourth-place. Deuso led the Panthers on the 3-meter boards, scoring a 262.95 for fourth-place. Lovell scored a 238.75, while Madison Schoppe dove a 211.60.
The Panthers swimming and diving team returns to action Feb. 20 to 23 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Columbia, Missouri.