Jan. 12, 2004
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s swimming team will face South Dakota and Truman State in Vermillion, SD, Saturday at 9 a.m. The meet will be held at the Dakota Dome on the University of South Dakota campus.
LAST COMPETITION — Iowa placed third at the Purdue Invitational in November. Junior diver Timo Klami won the one and three-meter competitions and placed third in the platform event, earning Big Ten Men’s Diver of the Week honors. Sophomore Konrad Kazmierczak placed second in the 50 and 100 free, and fifth in the 200 free, as well as swam on several of Iowa’s top-five placing relays during the meet. Freshman Mariusz Muras also placed second in the 200 fly.
IOWA RECEIVES NATIONAL RANKING — At the end of November, the Hawkeyes earned a No. 22 ranking in the national team poll. Iowa earned the ranking with a 5-1 overall record and a 2-1 Big Ten record during the fall portion of the season.
HAWKEYES SIGN RECRUIT — The Hawkeye men’s swimming team recently announced the signing of six-time Wisconsin state champion Nathan Keeling. Keeling, a native of Baraboo, WI, has won the 200 free and 100 fly the past two seasons at the state meet. He also excels in the classroom, where he holds a 4.0 GPA and has been on the honor roll every semester in high school. Hawkeye Head Coach John Davey anticipates that Keeling will make an immediate impact in the Big Ten as a true freshman next year.
HEAD COACH John Davey — Former Hawkeye all-American John Davey is in his fifth year as head swim coach. Davey is the only Big Ten athlete in any sport to ever be named conference Athlete of the Year in their sport four consecutive years. While at Iowa, Davey won 10 Big Ten titles and was a 10-time all-American.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 29th year as diving coach of the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Iowa, and is the dean of Big Ten swimming and diving coaches. Rydze has coached three Olympians.