Hawkeyes Head to Bloomington

Nov. 29, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s swimming team will travel to Bloomington, IN to compete in a quadrangular against Indiana, Southern Illinois and Purdue. The competition will begin at 12 p.m. CT at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

SCOUTING INDIANA, PURDUE & SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — The three opponents will present a challenge to the Hawkeyes in a format that sets up like three dual meets. Indiana is 5-2 (1-0 Big Ten) this season and was victorious in it’s Indiana Invitational out of a field of eight teams. The Hoosiers also boast a ranking of 14th in the nation. Purdue is also off to a fast start. The Boilermakers are currently ranked 17th with a 2-0 record (1-0 Big Ten), they finished an impressive second at the Minnesota Invitational just behind sixth ranked Minnesota. Iowa (fourth) also competed in the Minnesota Invitational. Southern Illinois boasts a 1-2 record (0-1 MVC).

LAST TIME OUT — The Iowa men’s swimming team competed in the Minnesota Invitational. The Hawkeyes finished fourth in a field of ten. Iowa finished behind three Big Ten foes ranked in the top 20: Minnesota (6th), Purdue (17th) and Wisconsin (20th). The Hawkeyes were led by Dragos Agache, Elliot Ptasnik, Andrei Ciurca and Trevor Haley. Agache finished second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Ptasnik swam to a fourth place finish in the 200 breaststroke and turned in another strong performance in the 100 breaststroke (seventh). Ciurca finished in the top eight of both backstroke events he competed in, while Haley placed second in the 400 individual medley in a season best time of 4:00.41. Haley also swam to a sixth place finish in the 200 butterfly.

HEAD COACH John Davey — Former Hawkeye all-American John Davey is in his seventh year as head swim coach. He has an 20-36 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.

DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 30th year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa, and is the dean of Big Ten swimming and diving coaches.