Iowa Swimming To Host Illinois and Missouri

Jan. 17, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming team will be hosting Illinois and Missouri on Saturday, January 21. This will be the final home meet for the Hawkeye seniors. The meet is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Pool in Iowa City. Admission is free.

ON ILLINOIS — The Illini women are 4-3 and have defeated Oakland, Toledo, Marshall and Illinois State and have fallen to Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana. They also placed sixth at the UIC Diving Invitational, second at the Northwestern Relays, fifth at the Ohio State Invitational and third in a tri-angular with Michigan and Notre Dame.

ON MISSOURI — The Missouri men’s team is 2-0 and have defeated Texas A&M and Missouri State (156-144). They have placed first at the Show-Me-Showdown, second in the Big 12 Relays, fifth at the Purdue Invite and ninth at the Texas Invite.
The Missouri women’s team is 0-2-1 and have defeated Missouri State (196.5-98.5), tied with Texas and fallen to Texas A&M and Kansas (125-175). They placed first at the Show-Me-Showdown, third at the Big 12 Relays, fourth at the Purdue Invite and seventh at the Texas Invite. The Tigers will square off against Iowa State in Ames on Friday night before traveling to Iowa City on Saturday.

THE LAST TIME… — The last time the Iowa men swam against Missouri was in a tri-angular in Iowa City on January 28-29, 2005. The Tiger men defeated the Hawkeyes 213.5-149.5. The Hawkeyes hold the all-time series advantage at 6-1 versus the Tigers. The last time the Iowa women took on the Illinois women was on January 22, 2005 and fell to the Illini 152-148 and last challenged Missouri on January 31, 2003 and were downed by the Tigers 175-125. Iowa trails in the all-time series with Illinois at 7-10 and is tied with Missouri at 3-3.

LAST COMPETITION — The Unversity of Iowa’s women’s swimming and diving team last competed at Iowa State on December 9. The Hawkeyes came away victorious by a score of 156-144, improving their season record to 4-3 (0-2 Big Ten).

The Hawkeyes were once again led by the seniors. Kelly Werner finished first in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 100 butterfly, while senior diver Nancilea Underwood won the one-meter (291.37) and the three-meter (338.47). The 200 medley relay team of Alison Gschwend, Emmy Haeger, Kelly Werner and Katie Martin placed first. Martin, senior, also placed first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. The 400 freestyle team of Martin, Emily Hoefler, Robin Samples and Karen Kelly took top honors in a time of 3:31.25.

The Hawkeyes also had great performances from its freshmen. Alison Gschwend took second place in the 100 backstroke (58.04), Andrea Hemphill placed third in the 1,000 freestyle (10:42.65) and Ashley Dell and Heather Hall finished third and fourth in the 500 freestyle, with times of 5:11.55 and 5:12.07, respectively.<>

The Hawkeye men last competed at the Ohio State Invitational, where they finished sixth with 164 points. Freshman Nick Divan finsihed fifth in the 1,650 freestyle (15:52.10) and 11th in the 500 freestyle (4:34.62). Older brother, junior Paul Divan placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke and 12th in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Trevor Haley finished sixth in the 400 individual medley, 15th in the 200 individual medley and 12th in the 200 butterfly.

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 diving coaches. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 29 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.