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Questions surround 2021 NCAA men’s swimming and diving championship at Iowa

Swimmers compete in the 200 backstoke during a swim meet at the CRWC on January 11, 2020 between Iowa, Illinois, and Notre Dame. The Hawkeye men's team defeated the fighting Irish 159.50 to 140.50 while the Hawkeye women's team defeated the fighting Illini 223 to 86 and lost to the fighting Irish 99.50 to 209.50.

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor

August 27, 2020

With the University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ decision to discontinue four sports after the 2020-21 season came a bevy of interesting cogs. With complex issues such as student-athlete health and wellness, scholarship eligibility, transfer eligibility, and coaching contr...

Members of Iowa swimming and diving programs reflect on ‘heartbreaking’ sports cuts

Swimmers warm up before competition begins during the Thursday preliminary round of competition of the 2020 Women’s Women Big Ten Swim & Dive Championships on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Swimmers competed in the 500 Yard Freestyle, the 200 Yard Individual Medley, and the 50 Yard Freestyle.

Robert Read and Austin Hanson

August 24, 2020

Sage Ohlensehlen was 9 years old when she attended a swimming and diving camp hosted by head coach Marc Long and the Iowa program. That was when she knew she wanted to be part of the program. Now, as a senior swimmer and team captain for the Hawkeyes, Ohlensehlen had to hear that the program was b...

Opinion | There are no fall sports in the Big Ten, but there are plenty of stories to tell

Foam fingers sit on seats during the 2019 SDCCU Holiday Bowl between Iowa and USC in San Diego on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Trojans, 49-24. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 23, 2020

I was in my hometown of Marion, Iowa, on Aug. 10, trying to keep track of the Big Ten and the chaos surrounding the conference’s impending decision to postpone fall sports. It was a confusing day. Contradicting reports made it unclear if the Big Ten had even come to an official decision yet. ...

Four Iowa sports being cut each have history that dates back decades

A statue clad with swim cap, goggles, and face mask depicting former historian and University of Iowa athlete Irving Weber stands near the Van Allen building on Sunday, August 23, 2020, two days after the decision by the University of Iowa to cut the men's and women's swim and dive program along with men's gymnastics and men's tennis. While known for his work as a historian in Iowa City, Weber also maintains importance as the first All-American swimmer at Iowa, gaining the status in 1922 in the 150 yard backstroke. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 23, 2020

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta announced in an open letter Friday that Hawkeye men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis programs will be discontinued at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. After the Big Ten ...

Iowa to discontinue four sports programs at end of 2020-21 academic year

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta speaks at a press conference July 30.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 21, 2020

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta announced in an open letter Friday that the school is discontinuing four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year following the Big Ten's postponement of fall sports on Aug. 11. This includes the men’s gymnas...

Sophomore class set to be strength for Iowa swimming and diving teams

Aleksandra Olesiak awaits her turn to compete in the 400 yard medley relay during the 200 yard individual medley event at the WomenÕs Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the CRWC. Iowa finished ninth overall in the event with a time of 3:36.18.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

June 22, 2020

Last season, the Iowa swimming and diving teams performed well, improving as the season went on. For many of Iowa’s athletes, the season was the first they spent as a Hawkeye. A staggering 24 of the 62 spots on last year’s combined men’s and women’s roster were taken by freshman stude...

Iowa swimmers, divers get creative with workouts

Iowa’s Kelsey Drake competes in the 200 yard butterfly during the last session of the 2020 Women’s Big Ten Swim and Dive Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Ohio State won the championships with an overall score of 1503.5. Drake placed 12th overall with a time of 1:58.54.

Jordan Winke, Sports Reporter

June 18, 2020

Athletic facility closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected few athletes the way they have affected swimmers and divers. Swimming is not a sport you can often practice in your backyard like basketball, or on the road like cross country. Because they were forced to be out of the pool ...

Technology keeping Iowa teams together when separation is necessary

Iowa's Will Davies hits a volley during a men's tennis match between Iowa and Western Michigan at the HTRC on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Broncos, 4-3.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

April 30, 2020

Both Iowa’s swimming and men’s tennis rosters have a significant international presence. The thing that brought these groups together was a common sport and a common location. Now that both of those things have been taken away during the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams are finding new ways to be...

Iowa swimming and diving athletes react to season ending amid COVID-19

Iowa’s Hannah Burvill dives in at the start of the 100 yard freestyle preliminaries during the sixth session of the 2020 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Burvill’s time of 48.65 put her in ninth place in the preliminaries.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

April 6, 2020

Senior Hannah Burvill’s stellar career as a Hawkeye was set up for what could’ve been a storybook ending. Burvill — who is arguably the most decorated women’s swimmer in school history — holds three individual school records, is top-three in Iowa history in three other solo races, and i...

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

Fans leave the game after the men's basketball game against Western Carolina at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Catamounts 78-60.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day sports fans will not soon forget. The sports world seemed to stop spinning Thursday afternoon as NCAA announced that it would not conduct any of its postseason championships, including the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments. The Big Ten Conference then...

Iowa diving sends Tamborski and Neuman to NCAAs

Iowa diver Samantha Tamborski competes in the platform diving preliminaries during the sixth session of the 2020 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Tamborski finished 21st with 191.10 points.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

March 11, 2020

On Tuesday — the second day of action at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Championships — Iowa women’s diver Sam Tamborski qualified for her second-straight NCAA Championship. In the final session of the meet hosted by Southern Methodist University March 10 in Dallas, Texas, freshman Mohamed Neuma...

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta dresses Faculty Senate members during a Faculty Senate meeting on Oct. 29, 2019.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday evening that fans will not be granted entry to any of its remaining 2020 winter or spring events. Those granted access include student-athletes, coaches, credentialed media, and immediate family members of event participants. Sports affected inclu...