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Jan. 24, 2005

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s swimming team will host Penn State and Missouri in a two-day dual meet Friday and Saturday at the UI Fieldhouse Pool. Competition Friday will begin at 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission to the event is free.

SCOUTING MISSOURI AND PENN STATE — Penn State enters the meet with a 4-1 (0-0 Big Ten) record. The Nittany Lions have faced a strong set of competition thus far this season highlighted by trip to the Auburn Invitational, which was hosted by No. 1 ranked Auburn. Iowa last competed against Penn State in 2000, where the Nittany Lions defeated Iowa (132-116). The Nittany Lions defeated Rutgers last Saturday 143-99. Missouri also boasts a record of 5-1 (0-1 Big 12). Iowa defeated Missouri last season in Columbia (166-129). The Tigers defeated Drury College at home last Friday (181-118).

LAST TIME OUT — The Iowa men’s swimming team fell to No. 7 Minnesota in Minneapolis (194-89). The competition marked the first time the team competed under interim Head Coach Marc Long. The Hawkeyes had a group of swimmers finish second with strong times. Cameron Dye finished the night with two second-place finishes, in the 100 free and 500 free. In the 200 back, Cade Ashby placed second with a time of 1:57.23. Trevor Haley also had a second-place finish, in the 400 IM (4:10.84). Iowa’s A team of Alex Boyce, Cameron Dye, Bryan Rowland and Seth Tweedy took second-place in the 400 free relay.

INTERIM HEAD COACH MARC LONG– Former Hawkeye Assistant Coach Marc Long is in his first season as interim head coach after serving the past two seasons as assistant to the women’s program. Prior to joining the men’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.

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.