University of Iowa Record Holder Millie Sansome to Transfer to Georgia

Iowa's Millie Sansome, left, announced Friday that she is transferring to the University of Georgia; Photo Courtesy: Iowa Athletics

Iowa sophomore Millie Sansome, who starred in her one year at Iowa, announced Friday that she is transferring to the University of Georgia.

The decision comes in light of the Hawkeyes’ decision to drop the program after the season. Sansome announced the decision on her Instagram account:

The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions. Nobody saw this coming and to say I was shocked and devastated would be an understatement. When I think of it now, I just feel to incredibly grateful and honoured that I got to spend a year with such an amazing team. I have made so many unforgettable memories over the past year and have made friends for life. It’s safe to say I’ve loved every second of being a Hawkeye and they will always have a special place in my heart. I will never forget my time here but I came to swim, so I have to move on.

Sansome will transfer in for next semester.

Millie Sansome (whose full name is Emilia Sansome) was on the path to being a program-changing swimmer. In her one season with the Hawkeyes, she set school records in the 100 back (53.21) and 200 back (1:54.86) as well as part of the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays. She logged top-10 times in program history in the 400 individual medley (third), 1,000 free (sixth), 1,650 free (sixth) and 500 free (seventh).

Sansome attained NCAA B cuts in both backstroke events. She scored points at the Big Ten Championships in the 200 back (eighth place) and in three relays. She added 11 dual-meet victories.

The native of Marlow, England, has competed in the European Junior Open Water Championships and in the World School Games.