April 27, 2004
IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team named its 2003-04 season award winners and letterwinners at its annual banquet Sunday April 25th. The Hawkeyes had 30 letterwinners this season includes 25 swimmers and divers that will return next season.
The Lobdell Diving MVP was awarded to Timo Klami. The junior from Nodeland, Norway was the Hawkeyes lone qualifier for the NCAA Championships and also recorded the highest placing at the Big Ten Championships. Klami received Big Ten Diver of the Week honors three times this season. He also earned all-Big Ten recognition for his second place finish in the three-meter competition. His season was highlighted by being named a first-team all-American after placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in the three-meter event.
Freshman Tomasz Dziedzic was awarded the Armbuster Swimming MVP award following an outstanding first year of competition for the Hawkeyes. The native of Krakow, Poland finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 butterfly. Dziedzic swam the third leg of 200 medley relay that set the school record (1:28.66) at the Big Ten Championships, which placed seventh. He also swam team best times in four events, along with swimming the third leg of 400 medley relay squad that placed ninth at Big Ten Championships.
The Glenn Patton Award, which is presented to the team’s hardest worker, was given to Trevor Haley. The junior swam the team’s fastest time in the 400 individual medley this past season. The native of Casper, WY, placed 14th at the Big Ten Championships in the event. He also swam collegiate bests in both the 200 butterfly (1:51.79) and 200 IM individual medley (1:51.29).
Senior Jason Snider was presented the Irving Weber Award given to a member of the team who displays outstanding leadership. Snider capped of an outstanding career this season with two top 15 performances at the Big Ten Championships. The native of Clive, IA placed 15th in the 100 butterfly (49.38) and 200 butterfly (1:52.46) at the championships. He also excelled in the classroom. The three-time academic all-Big Ten selection will graduate this spring with a 3.99 GPA in finance.
The Jim Marshall Award was presented to Andrei Prada. The award is presented to the “senior who has contributed the best of athletic ability to the Iowa swimming team.” Prada led the team in 100 breaststroke (55.19) and swam on team-leading 200 and 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays this season. The native of Suceava, Romaina swam a collegiate-best in the 50 free (20.75) at Big Ten Championships. Through the season he compiled an impressive 11 top-five individual finishes.