Women’s swimming and diving tested at Big Ten Championships

Junior Hannah Burvill and sophomore Jayah Mathews qualified for final events in the second day of the women’s swimming and diving conference championships.


Katina Zentz

Iowa swimmer Hannah Burvill waits for the results of the race during the Northwestern/Wisconsin swim meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The men’s swimming and diving team defeated the Badgers, 164-136, and the Wildcats, 194-106. The women’s swimming and diving team fell to the Badgers, 191-109, and the Wildcats, 178-122.

Tanner DesPlanque, Sports Reporter

Iowa women’s swimming and diving is feeling the pressure of tough competition after the second day of the Big Ten Championships.

The only two athletes for the Hawkeyes who qualified for the finals in the second day were junior Hannah Burvill and sophomore Jayah Mathews.

Burvill came into the championship with a school record time of 22.55, good enough to rank her number three in the 50-free. In the prelims, she swam to a seventh-place finish with a time of 22.62 which qualified her for the “A” final. In the final she did secure a place at the podium, securing another seventh-place finish with a time of 22.71.

Mathews was just shy of making the “A” final as she came in 9th in 1-meter diving with a score of 292.05. She did make the “B” final though, where she sat at the top spot. Mathews remained at the top spot winning the “B” final with a score of 305.75.

To wrap up the day of competition, a team of junior Hannah Burvill and sophomores Sage Ohlensehlen, Kelsey Drake, and Sarah Schemmel swam the 400-medley relay for the Hawkeyes. The Iowa women came into this event ranked No. 9 with a time of 3:41.01. With a finishing time of 3:39.21, the Hawkeye women remained in that ninth position.

After the second day of the competition at the Big Ten Championship, the Iowa women are currently sitting at the No. 9 spot in points with 162.5.

The Hawkeyes will return in the third day of action tomorrow. The prelims will be at 10 a.m. and the finals will be at 5:30 p.m. Competitions will include the 100-fly, 400-IM, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, 3-meter diving, and the 200-free relay.