Women’s swim/dive races to fourth place finish at SMU Classic

Iowa finished fourth of six teams this weekend at the SMU Classic.


Katina Zentz

UI swimmer Emelia Sansome competes during the triangle meet against Michigan State and UNI on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place with 242 points this weekend at the SMU Classic, just as they did in 2018.

The Hawkeyes finished behind Louisville (333), Auburn (331), and Northwestern (315) and in front of Miami (Florida) (230) and host SMU (223).

On the first day of competition, Iowa scored 122 points behind impressive third-place finishes from Millie Sansome in the 400- individual medley (4:18.77) and the team of Lauren McDougall, Hannah Burvill, Allyssa Fluit, and Kelsey Drake in the 800-free relay (7:18.54). 

Finishing in fifth position in their respective events on Oct. 11 were the relay team of Sansome, Aleksandra Olesiak, Drake, and McDougall in the 400-medley relay (3:42.12); Sarah Schemmel in the 50-free (23.57); and Drake in the 100-fly (53.93).

Burvill captured fourth on the leaderboard on the first day of the event in both the 200-free (1:46.84) and 100-back (54.72).

Sam Tamborski and Olesiak finished sixth in the 1-meter diving event (248.00) and 100-breast (1:03.37) to round out the night for Iowa.

On Oct. 12, Iowa added 120 more points, highlighted by a first-place finish in the 3-meter springboard event by Tamborski tallying a score of 302.00, 10 points ahead of second place finisher Molly Fears of Louisville. 

The Hawkeyes added three more third-place finishes on the second day as Sansome finished the 500-free in 4:49.40, the sixth best time in Iowa history in that event. Burvill and Drake each finished third in the 100-free (49.83); and 200-fly (1:59.74); respectively. 

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Iowa also had a fourth-place finish from Burvill in the 200-back (1:58.16) and fifth-place efforts from Sansome, Drake, Olesiak and Schemmel in the 200-medley relay (1:43.51); Olesiak in the 200-breast (2:19.09); Sansome in the 200-IM (2:04.02) and the team of Burvill, Schemmel, Fluit and McDougall in the 200-free relay (1:34.71).

Anna Booker also competed at the SMU Classic.

The Hawkeyes will resume Big Ten competition when they host Minnesota next at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. 

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