Hawkeyes Travel to Minnesota

Nov. 15, 2004

THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming teams will travel to Minneapolis, MN to participate in the Minnesota Invitational this weekend. Competition is scheduled for Friday through Sunday.

THE COMPETITION — The Minnesota Invitational will feature Big Ten men and women’s squads from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Hawkeye women have already faced Wisconsin and Minnesota, falling to both. The Iowa men lost to Wisconsin earlier this season.

HAWKEYE WOMEN DEFEAT TRUMAN STATE — The Hawkeyes won their first dual meet of the season last weekend, beating Truman State, 171-123. Senior Jennifer Skolaski swam to three individual first-place finishes, winning the 200 free, 200 back, and 200 IM. She also joined Katie Haeger, Kelly Werner and Katie Martin in the 400 medley relay that took first with a time of 3:51.22. Other first-place finishers for the Hawkeyes were Werner (100 back, 100 fly), Andrea Hemphill (200 fly), Abby VanMaaren (50 free), and the 200 free relay comprised of VanMaaren, Karen Kelly, Mindy Schulte and Haeger. Nancilea Underwood swept the diving events, taking first in both the one- and three-meter.

IOWA MEN TOP TRUMAN STATE & SOUTH DAKOTA — The Hawkeye men won 11 of 14 events, defeating Truman State (163-90) and South Dakota (160-108). Junior Eric Hahn took first in both the 100 back and 100 fly and teamed up with Dragos Agache, Alex Boyce and Cam Dye for a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. Cody Hackney swam to a first-place finish in the 1000 free while Paul Divan and Trevor Haley won the 100 breast and 200 fly respectively. Other first-place finishers for the Hawkeyes were Dye (200 free), Boyce (50 free), Natan Pheil (200 back), Agache (200 breast), and Elliot Ptasnik (500 free).

SKOLASKI MEETS B STANDARD– Senior Jennifer Skolaski provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships, meeting the “B Standard” time of 2:01.78 in the 200 backstroke. She swam a 2:01.12.

UNDERWOOD SETS RECORD — Junior diver Nancilea Underwood dominated both the one- and three-meter diving events against Truman State. In the one-meter, she took first with a score of 317.35. She followed with a record-breaking performance in the three-meter with a score of 348.25. The mark set a University of Iowa school and Fieldhouse pool record.

WOMEN’S HEAD COACH Marc Long — Former Hawkeye Assistant Coach Marc Long is in his first season as interim head coach after serving two seasons as assistant. Prior to joining the women’s swimming program, Long served as Iowa’s assistant men’s swimming coach (1998-2001). As a Hawkeye swimmer, Long was a six-time all-American, a two-time Big Ten Champion and a two-time first team all-Big Ten selection. He is assisted by former Hawkeye swimmer Frannie DeBord.

MEN’S HEAD COACH John Davey — Former Hawkeye all-American John Davey is in his seventh year as head coach. He has an 18-36 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.

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