Iowa women’s swim/dive downs Rutgers in dominant fashion

Iowa claimed 13 first-place titles Friday against Rutgers in route to its first dual meet victory since Oct. 4.


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

Iowa dominated Friday afternoon’s dual meet with a 199-100 win over Rutgers in Iowa City.

It was the first head-to-head competition between the Hawkeyes and Scarlett Knights since Rutgers joined the Big Ten back in 2014.

Iowa took second place in the competition’s first event, but Millie Sansome won the 1,000 free next in 10:07.55. Sansome also claimed first in the 200-back later in the meet.

Iowa then swept the top-three spots in the third race as Hannah Burvill was first in the 200-free, finishing in 1:49.31. Lauren McDougall and Allyssa Fluit followed, tying for second with identical times of 1:50.18. Burvill continued her momentum, winning the 100-free in 50.62 in the ninth event of the day.

Freshman Aleksandra Olesiak also claimed her first two wins as a Hawkeye as she won both the 100 and 200-breast finishing in 1:03.69 and 2:18.85, respectively.

Kelsey Drake took home three titles, claiming the 100-fly (54.75), 200-fly (2:00.59) and 200-IM (2:05.17).

Fluit also had a strong showing for Iowa as she swam to victory in the 500-free in 4:53.91

Iowa’s divers impressed once again as Hawkeye competitors finished 1-2-3 in both of the meet’s diving contests. Jayah Mathews earned the top spot in both the 1 and 3-meter events with final tallies of 324.85 and 362.85, respectively. Samantha Tamborski finished second with a 294.30 in the 1-meter and a 329.60 in the 3-meter. Thelma Strandberg rounded out the sweep with scores of 272.25 and 264.25.

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