Nov. 7, 2005
THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming team will be traveling to Truman State Friday. The co-ed meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the Pershing Natatorium.
ON TRUMAN STATE — The Bulldog men opened their season at the Show Me Showdown, where they finished sixth out of seven teams. They also defeated Washington (Mo.) and fell to Missouri Rolla. The Bulldog women placed fourth out of six teams at the Show Me Showdown, fell to Kansas and defeated Washington (Mo.). The Truman State women’s team is the five-time defending National Champion in Division II, while the men finished 10th last season.
LAST COMPETITION — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming teams traveled to Kansas last week, where the men faced Missouri State and the women took on both Missouri State and Kansas. The men fell to the MSU Bears 85.5 to 54.5; the women defeated Missouri State 97-43 but fell to Kansas 175.5-120.5. The men’s record now stands at 1-3 (0-2 Big Ten), while the women are 2-3 (0-2 Big Ten).
Senior Kelly Werner led the women’s team with a pair of first place finishes and one second. Werner won the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes with times of 57.18 and 2:03.23 respectively, and finished runner-up in the 100 yard butterfly (57.41). Senior Katie Martin finished first in the 50 yard freestyle (24.43) and second in the 100 yard freestyle (52.24). Senior diver Nancilea Underwood took top honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with scores of 294.80 and 311.70.
Freshman Nick Divan finished first in both the 1,650 (15:55.13) and 500 yard freestyle (4:39.00). Sophomore Dragos Agache took first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 56.82 and second in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:05.06. Senior Cameron Dye finished second in the 200 yard freestyle (1:16.27) and the 100 yard freestyle (49.06), along with a fourth in the 500 yard freestyle (4:50.16). Freshman Drew DeLashmutt captured top honors in 1-meter diving with 250.30 and third in 3-meter with 243.20. Fellow freshman diver Adam Walker took first in the 3-meter with 250.30 and third in the 1-meter with 230.45.
HEAD COACH Marc Long — Marc Long is in his second season as head coach for the University of Iowa women and first for the men. He served two seasons as the Iowa women’s assistant coach (2003-04) before taking over. He also served as a Hawkeye men’s assistant coach from 1998-2001.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 31st year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. He is dean of Big Ten swimming and diving coaches. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 29 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.
FIELDHOUSE POOL — Iowa’s Fieldhouse Pool was built in 1927 and was, at the time, the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. In 1979, the pool underwent a $400,000 renovation. Diving platforms were added in 1980. The pool is 150 feet long and 60 feet wide, with eight lanes. Diving facilities include a pair of one and three meter springboards, plus five and ten meter platforms.
IOWA SWIMMING HISTORY & TRADITION — Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level and competed at the first NCAA Championship. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top ten 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten Champions.
The Fieldhouse Pool was the birthplace of the butterfly stroke and was first used in Iowa City in a dual against Wisconsin on February 25, 1935. Iowa hosted the NCAA Championships in 1927. The Iowa men’s team has produced 17 Olympians, 26 NCAA champions, 382 all-Americans and 163 Big Ten champions. Three Hawkeye men’s teams have won Big Ten team titles. The women’s team has produced 109 NCAA qualifiers, 37 all-Americans and 16 Big Ten champions.