Jan. 31, 2005
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s swimming team will travel to Evanston, IL to compete against Big Ten foe Northwestern in its final dual meet of the season. Competition will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and will conclude at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN — The Wildcats enter this weekend’s competition with a 4-4 (2-2 Big Ten) record. Despite only a .500 record, all four losses have come at the hands of teams ranked 15th nationally or better. Six of the eight teams they have competed against this season are currently ranked nationally. They defeated No. 21 Notre Dame last weekend 163.5-134.5. Sophomore Matt Grevers set three pool records in the victory. Northwestern is currently ranked 14th nationally. Iowa leads the overall series (36-23-1) while Northwestern has a current three meet winning streak which includes a victory last season over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City (186-157).
LAST TIME OUT — The Iowa men’s swimming team fell to Missouri and Penn State at the UI Fieldhouse Pool in its final home meet of the season. Iowa lost to the Tigers 213.5-149.5 and the Nittany Lions 227-136. Despite the pair of losses the Hawkeyes had strong performances out of Trevor Haley, Calvin Shelangoski and Dragos Agache. Haley and Shelangoski both had victories in the first day of competition. Haley took first in the 400 individual medley and also placed third in the 200 butterfly and individual medley. Agache added a pair of second place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
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. He is also the head women’s swimming coach. 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.