Big Ten Recap: Iowa, Penn State Win on Senior Night

Photo Courtesy: Brian Ray/Iowa Athletics

The University of Iowa swimming and diving team closed out the dual portion of its schedule, sweeping Western Illinois at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday night.

The Hawkeyes won all 24 events en route to the victory. The Iowa men won, 127-75, while the women finished ahead of Western Illinois, 128-65.

Jacob Rosenkoetter, Tanner Nelson, Michal Brzus and Ben Colin touched in first in the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:25.33 to begin things on the men’s side.

Sophomore Michael Tenney then touched in first in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.28, Tenney also won the 100 free with a season-best time of 46.05.

Freshman Daniel Swanepoel won the 100 IM (51.56) and 50 breast (26.23). Sophomore Joe Myhre won the 50 free with a time of 20.43, before senior Jerzy Twarowski won the 50 fly with a time of 21.47. 

Junior Kenneth Mende won the 50 back with a time of 22.76, before freshman Tom Schab posted a season-best in the 500 free with a time of 4:41.25 to win the event.

In the diving well, junior Will Brenner won the 1-meter springboard competition with a zone-standard and season-best of 355.35. Freshman Anton Hoherz won the 3-meter with a zone-standard score of 377.00

The Hawkeyes closed out the men’s side with a win in the 200-free relay, the quartet of Brzus, Matt Kamin, Mende, and Jack Smith posted a time of 1:21.03 to solidify the win.

For the women, the relay team of Samantha Sauer, Sage Ohlehsehlen, Summer Campbell and Lauren Leehy won the 400-medley relay to set the pace for the Hawkeyes, touching in at 3:53.16.

Senior Meghan Lavelle won the 200 free with a time of 1:53.61, before Allyssa Fluit, Izzie Bindseil and Abbey Schneider finished 1-2-3 in the 100 IM. Fluit won the event with a time of 59.84.

Freshman Sarah Schemmel won the 50 free with a time of 24.10. Senior Jo Jekel won the 50 fly with a time of 25.37, before winning the 50 back, touching in at 26.36.

Sauer won the 100 free for the Hawkeyes, touching in at 51.95. Senior Carly O’Brien paced the Hawkeyes in the 500 free, touching in first with a time of 5:01.27.

In the diving well, freshman Jayah Mathews won the 1-meter with a zone-standard score of 284.65, before winning the 3-meter with another zone-standard of 315.60.

Penn State sweeps Villanova

The Penn State men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams were both victorious over Villanova in a regular season-concluding dual meet, as the men won, 186-105, and the women won 163-127, Friday evening in McCoy Natatorium.

The Penn State men (2-7) claimed the top placing in each even until swimming the final three events as exhibitions, while the women (2-7) claimed all but three events before swimming the final three as exhibitions as well.

The Nittany Lions had some of their biggest performances on the boards. Freshman Emma Hellmann (283.88), senior McKayla Mawn (277.65) and Kamryn Umbel (273.74) finished 1-2-3 in the women’s 1-meter springboard, with all scoring above the NCAA Zone Regional qualification score. Umbel (285.89), Christina Crowell (280.27) and Mawn (263.77) also finished 1-2-3 in the 3-meter, with Umbel and Crowell scoring above the Zone standard.

On the men’s side, senior Connor Scanlon set personal bests in the 1-meter (354.59) and 3-meter (358.20). His 1-meter score was good enough to claim the event over teammate Hector Garcia-Boissier (348.15), but Garcia edged Scanlon in the 3-meter with a score of 370.50. Jack Crow was third in both events, scoring 313.27 in the 1-meter and 333.52 in the 3-meter.

Scanlon and Mawn were not the only seniors to have a successful Senior Night. Niki Price claimed the women’s 100 back (55.89) and posted the top time in the 100 fly (55.34) and Emily Harris posted the top time in the 200 IM (2:06.03). Ryan O’Neill touched first in the men’s 50 free (21.03)

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    swimmmer

    Wow… Iowa really pushed the envelope with that scheduling…

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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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