Big Ten Weekly Recap: Iowa Sweeps Michigan State; Minnesota Splits with FSU

Photo Courtesy: Brian Ray/Iowa Athletics

By Dan D’Addona.

The University of Iowa swimming and diving program won 23 total events to send the Hawkeyes to three dual victories on Friday .

The Iowa men posted a Big Ten dual victory over Michigan State (195-100), while the Iowa women downed Michigan State (189-108) and Northern Iowa (184-113).

Six Hawkeyes posted multiple victories on the men’s side — Michal Brzus, Michael Tenney, Kenneth Mende, Jerzy Twarowski, Jack Smith and Joe Myhre all posted two wins on the day. Thomas Rathbun also recorded a win, finishing first in the 200 back (1:49.02), along with Daniel Swanepoel in the 200 breast, touching in at 2:04.77.

On the women’s side, Hannah Burvill and Mekenna Scheitlin won multiple events. Burvill won the 200 free, 100 free, 500 free, and the 400 freestyle relay. Sheitlin posted wins in the 200-medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Other Hawkeye winners were Abbey Schneider (1,000 free), Tereysa Lehnertz (200 fly) and Kelly McNamara (100 fly).

On the women’s side, Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter with a career-best score of 307.60 — the seventh-best score in school history, while Jayah Mathews took her first career win off the 3-meter with a 315.00 — a performance that ranks 10th all-time. Both divers posted qualifying standards off both the 1-meter and 3-meter.

On the men’s side, Anton Hoherz dove to victories with NCAA standards off the 1-meter (340.50) and 3-meter (374.90). The 3-meter score is fourth in school history, while 1-meter ranks seventh.

The Michigan State women defeated Northern Iowa 195-105.

The Spartans ended the day with five first-place finishes. Senior Nick Leshok won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.97. Junior Ana Sortland also won the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:03.68.

In the 50 free, senior Racheal Bukowski finished first with 23.57. Scott Piper took the win in the 200 IM as he clocked in at 1:54.54.

Freshman Guy Moskovich won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:37.40.

Minnesota splits with Florida State

The season opener came down to one-one hundredth of a second for the No. 17 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team who edged their way past No. 23 Florida State, 153.5-146.5. The No. 21 Golden Gopher men’s swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.

Despite trailing from the start, Minnesota saw strong showings from senior captain Conner McHugh and junior Nick Plachinski. McHugh captured two of the four Gophers first place finishes on the day competing in the 100 breast (55.92) and 200 breast (1:59.86). Plachinski nabbed the other two first place finishes for the Gophers completing the 1000 free in 9:28.06 and 500 free in 4:34.62.

Freshman Tim Sates earned the Maroon and Gold five individual points in his debut, swimming the 200 free in 1:39.37 for a third place finish and the 100 free in 46.01 for fifth.

On the diving side of things, Nick Yang in the 3-meter had the highest finish for the Gophers with 359.25 points placing him third. On the 1-meter board, the Gophers were led by freshman Maxim Royzen who’s first place finish of 377.13 points now ranks him with the sixth highest score in program history.

Minnesota was hanging by a thread holding a 2.5 point lead heading into the final event of the 200 free relay. The crew of Zoe Avetruz, Mackenzie Padington, Danielle Nack and Kaia Grobe posted a first place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:31.57 adding 11 points to secure the victory for Minnesota.

Mariam Khamis led the way for the Gophers in the diving category. Khamis placed fourth in 3-meter diving (297.15) and third in the 1-meter (270.38). Morgan Justice added a pair of points with a fifth place finish in the 3-meter (272.48) and 1-meter (240.68)

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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