Courtesy: Iowa Athletics
IN THIS WEEK
The University of Iowa swimmers and divers travel to Minneapolis to compete against Minnesota in the Hawkeyes’ second Big Ten meeting on Friday, November 11. Events begin at 5 p.m. CT at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
• Live results from the meet are available on hawkeyesports.com (via the schedule page) and Meet Mobile.
• Fans can also follow the Hawkeyes on Twitter/IowaSwimDive for live meeting updates.
• The meeting will be streamed live on B1G+ (subscription required).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Iowa started the 2022-23 season with a 192-107 win over UNI.
• The Hawkeyes start the season with seven returns and 14 signings, including three transfers.
• Among the returnees are junior jumpers Sarah Ballard and Claire Hartley and second Makayla Hughbanks, all of whom qualified to compete in last season’s NCAA Zone D diving championships.
Sophomore Makayla Hughbanks had her career-best and zone qualifiers from both the 1-yard (288.15) and 3-yard springboards (301.25) in the Big Ten’s opening game in Iowa vs. Nebraska, taking first place in both events home with you. Hugbanks was also victorious in the season-opening matchup with UNI in the 10-foot vault.
GILBERTSON PREPARED FOR FINAL SEASON
Senior Kennedy Gilbertson heads into the 2022-23 season after an impressive 2021-22 stint in which she posted a career best 51.28 in the 100 Free and the Hawkeyes posted bests in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back and led 100 flies.
READY FOR RELAYS
The Hawkeyes bring back four swimmers, seniors Kennedy Gilbertson and Aleksandra Olesiak and juniors Maddie Black and Anna Pfeiffer, who led the team in all five seasons in the 2021-22 season. Gilbertson was part of four top teams, while Olesiak and Pfeiffer competed in three quartets each.
Iowa has twelve individual wins among its freshmen and transfers. Denison University transfer Alix O’Brien and newcomer Scarlet Martin have combined for half of those wins, three wins each against UNI. Both TCU graduate Sheridan Shreiber and freshman Sabina Kupcova have also had multiple wins.
Freshman and Levice, Slovakia native Sabina Kupcova traveled to the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis to compete in the FINA World Cup. Kupcova competed in the 400 Free, 200 Free and 200 Individual medley for a chance to qualify for the FINA World Championships.
Senior Kennedy Gilbertson took gold in the 50 free and 100 back against Nebraska and also won the 100 back against UNI in the season opener. Gilbertson also helped Iowa win 200 medley (1:45.34) and 400 free (3:29.89) relay quartets against UNI, each of which topped the Hawkeyes’ relay leaderboards for the season. Senior Aleksandra Olesiak also has a singles win in 2022-23 under her belt. The Colorado native took first place in 200 against UNI.
HAWKEYE COACHING STAFF
• Nathan Mundt returns for his second stint with the Hawkeyes and is the seventh head coach in program history. A native of Indiana, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in Iowa from 2008-2016, where he coached 33 All-Americans and 42 NCAA qualifiers and helped the Hawkeyes to six top-40 NCAA finishes and 115 school records.
• Dive Instructor Todd Waikel enters his 10th season with the program. Waikel coached five All-Americans and 15 NCAA Championship qualifiers during his tenure at Iowa City.
• Mona Groteguth-Garcia also returns to the Hawkeye coaching staff for her second season, joining the Hawkeyes in 2021 after a two-year stint with TCU. She helped the Horned Frogs to a consecutive third place finish at the Big 12 Conference — the best for the program since 2012-13. Groteguth-Garcia also coached at the University of Indianapolis from 2017 to 2019 and swam together in North Texas.
Iowa had 13 singles wins to beat state enemy Northern Iowa 197-102 to earn the Hawkeyes’ first win under head coach Nathan Mundt in the opening game of the 2022-23 road season.
The Hawkeyes broke four Glen F. Henry pool records in their 2022-23 opener at UNI, including Schreiber’s 100 breaststroke (1:04.16), Martin’s 50 free (23.55) and 100 fly (54.60), and the 400 free relay (Kupcova, Gilbertson, Pedersen, Martin).
Iowa is coming home to host the Hawkeye Invitational December 1-3. Each day consists of two sessions, starting at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm (CT). Live results will be available via MeetMobile and a live stream will be available on B1G+ (subscription required).