Press Release courtesy of Iowa Athletics.
The University of Iowa swimming and diving team opens the 2017-18 season hosting Michigan State and Northern Iowa at the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. Meet times are scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Iowa swimming and diving the Hawkeyes will host an alumni meet beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.
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HAWKEYES RETURN EXPERIENCED GROUP
The Iowa men’s and women’s swimming and diving program returns 21 letterwinners each and welcomes a total of 16 freshmen to the 2017-18 season. The Hawkeyes return four all-time top performers — Jack Smith (100 Free), Jerzy Twarowski (100, 200 Fly), Hannah Burvill (100 Free), and Will Brenner (1-Meter).
Smith received men’s Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Week honors on Oct. 5, 2016, last season. Burvill also received women’s Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Week recognition three times last season (Oct. 5, 2016)(Dec. 14, 2016)(Jan. 25, 2017), while two returning divers noched Big Ten Diver of the Week honors in 2016 — Jacintha Thomas (Oct. 5, 2016), and Thelma Strandberg (Dec. 14, 2016).
LAST TIME OUT
The Iowa men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted its annual intrasquad meet on Sept. 30. The Hawkeyes split into two seperate squads — the Black team, and the Gold team. The intrasquad meet serves as a warm-up for the 2017-18 season. Winning a total of 12 events, the Gold team defeated the Black team, 104-86. The Gold squad closed out the meet winning the women’s and men’s 200-freestyle relay. Sophomore Allyssa Fluit, senior Tereysa Lehnertz, freshman Sarah Schemmel, and sophomore Hannah Burvill clocked 1:34.76, while sophomore Joe Myhre, junior Matt Kamin, and seniors Jerzy Twarowski and RJ Hemmingsen touched in at 1:23.96 to solidify the victory for team Gold.
CELEBRATE ME HOME
The Hawkeyes will celebrate 100 years of Iowa swimming and diving this weekend. Iowa’s program started in 1917 with David Armbruster as head coach and has had five head coaches since. The Hawkeyes will welcome back alums from all across the world when they open the 2017-18 season hosting Michigan State and Northern Iowa at the UI CRWC Natatorium on Thursday and Friday.