Agache To Compete At NCAA Championships

March 20, 2006

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THIS WEEK — University of Iowa sophomore Dragos Agache will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships. The Championships are being hosted by Georgia Tech University. All events will take place in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Tickets can be purchased through the Georgia Tech ticket office ( passes for adults are $65 and students are $50.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS — Swimming prelims begin at 11 a.m. each day and finals at 6 p.m. All times are CST. Following is the schedule of events:

Thursday, March 23
200 Free Relay
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
1-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay

Friday, March 24
200 Medley Relay
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
3-Meter Diving
800 Free Relay

Saturday, March 25
1,650 Free
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
Platform Diving
400 Free Relay

LAST COMPETITION — Agache last competed at the Big Ten Championships on February 23-25. Agache earned NCAA `B’ times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. His time of 53.94 in the 100 breast set a new school record, topping the previous record of 54.80 set in 1998, by Marco Minonne.

HIGH STANDARDS — Agache competed in 17 individual events this season and recorded seven individual victories. He was runner-up three times and never finished out of the top four. Agache set a collegiate best in the 100 breast at the Big Ten Championships, and led the team in the 200 breast. His time in the 100 breast (53.94) ranks first on Iowa’s all-time top performers list and his time in the 200 breast (1:59.67) ranks third.

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 from 1998-2001.