Nov. 1, 2004
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host Notre Dame at the UI Fieldhouse Pool. Competition will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Iowa enters the competition 0-2 (0-2 Big Ten), while Notre Dame is 2-1 (0-0 Big East). Admission is free to the public.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame is 2-1 overall, but have also taken first at the Dennis Stark Relays. In their last competition the Fighting Irish fell to BYU (153-144). The Irish were vying for their first ever victory over a nationally ranked school, but fell short in the final relay of the night. Iowa defeated Notre Dame last season in South Bend, IN (179-119), that meeting was the first time the two teams had competed.
LAST WEEK — The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team fell to Michigan State in East Lansing, MI. The Hawkeyes were outlasted by the Spartans (162-125) in a hard faught victory for Michigan State. Iowa was led by junior Andrei Ciurca and sophomore Steven Medaglia. Ciurca was a part of three Hawkeye victories. Two of his first place finishes came in individual events. He finished with a time of 51.65 in the 100 backstroke and 1:52.69 in the 200 backstroke, both good enough to claim first. His other victory came in the 200 freestyle relay where he teamed up with Alex Boyce, Konrad Kazmierczak and Bryan Rowland for a first place finish in a time of 1:26.31. Medaglia was victorious in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
HEAD COACH John Davey — Former Hawkeye all-American John Davey is in his seventh year as head swim coach. He has an 18-33 overall mark at Iowa, going 8-4 last season. 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. He is assisted by former Wisconsin all-American Robert Pinter.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 30th 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.