Both the Iowa Hawkeye men and women dominated the overmatched Northern Iowa Panthers and Western Illinois Leathernecks on Friday. The Hawkeyes won every event between the pool and diving well in a meet that featured a 100 IM, 50’s of each stroke, and platform diving.
The Iowa men topped Western Illinois 171-47; the women posted wins over UNI 177-46 and Western Illinois 184-36. UNI downed Western Illinois 174-46.
Iowa was dominant throughout the meet with many swimmers in off events. The Hawkeyes started the evening taking home the top three spots in both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay.
An all freshman team of Jo Jekel, Shea Hoyt, Meghan Lavelle, and Lauren Leehy won on the women’s side with a 3:55.51. The men’s relay was won by Chris Freeman, Matt Boyd, Maverick Hovey, and Brandon Farnum in 3:25.27.
The sprint meet was highlighted with a 100 IM. Emma Sougstad, Iowa’s top breaststroker, led the way in a Hawkeye sweep on the women’s side with a 58.40. Olivia Kabacinski took second in 59.20, and Pamela Breitrick took third with a 1:00.92.
Iowa took the top two spots in the men’s 100 IM, but could not round out the sweep. Roman Trussov, the top Hawkeye breaststroker on the men’s side, hit the wall in 51.64, followed by teammate Freeman in 52.11. Western Illinois’ Chris Neaveill stole third place, outdoing Iowa’s Boyd on the freestyle leg, touching in 52.44 to Boyd’s 52.73.
The 50’s of each stroke were entertaining as well. Maddie Bro, Jekel, Ashley Horodyski, and Audrey Krumm took the top four spots in the women’s 50 backstroke. A 27.19 was good for a win for Bro. Jekel took second in 27.53, Horodyski finished third in 27.71, and Krumm rounded out the top four with a 28.18.
On the men’s side, the Hawkeyes’ big wins came in the 50 butterfly. Led by RJ Hemmingson in 22.71, the Hawkeyes took the top four spots in the race. Kyle Patnode was the second place finisher in 22.93, Maverick Hovey finished third in 22.95, and Colter Allen took fourth with a 23.02.
The Hawkeye women rounded out the dominating performance with a win in the 200 freestyle relay from another group of freshman. Leehy, Carly O’Brien, Mekenna Scheitlin, and Lavelle combined to hit the wall in 1:35.68 with Lavelle splitting a 23.39.
In the men’s 200 freestyle relay, a group of Hawkeye sophomores who came away with the win. Farnum, Jackson Halsmer, Patnode, and Kyle Gannon wrapped up the evening with a 1:22.88 finish, including a 19.92 split from Halsmer.