Hawkeyes Travel To Michigan State

Oct. 23, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming team will travel to East Lansing Saturday to take on the Michigan State Spartans. The meet is scheduled for Noon and will be held at the Charles McCaffree Pool.

THE LAST WORD: MINNESOTA — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming team traveled to Minneapolis face Minnesota last week. The Hawkeye men fell 190-101 to the 10th ranked Gophers, and the Hawkeye women lost 201-91 to the 16th ranked Gophers. Both the Iowa men and women’s record is 1-2 (0-2 Big Ten).

Freshman Frank Van Dijkhuizen recorded his third diving win of the season, winning the one-meter event with a score of 312.68; he also placed second on the three-meter board with 313.50. Junior Dragos Agache placed second in the 100 (57.10) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:06.91).

Freshman Laura Mozdzen picked up the only event win for the Hawkeye women in the 100 yard butterfly (57.57). Mozdzen also finished third in the 200 yard individual medley (2:14.16) and fourth in the 200 yard butterfly (2:08.47). Sophomore Ashley Dell finished second in the 500 free (5:03.23) and the 1,000 free (10:19.89).

ON MICHIGAN STATE — The Michigan State women’s team has split its first two meets, defeating Akron and falling to Illinois. The Spartan’s will be hosting Michigan in a mid-week battle before the Hawkeyes come to town. The Spartans were 4-5 last season and return a group of nine seniors, including the school-record holder in the 400 IM, Heather Kiluk. Michigan State finished 11th at last year’s Big Ten Championships.

The Michigan State men’s team will open its season against the Hawkeyes. The Spartans finished last season with a 4-4 record, and placed 10th at Big Ten Championships. The Spartans are a very young group, with only two seniors and five juniors.

THE LAST MEETING — The last dual was October 24, 2003, when Michigan State came to Iowa City. The Hawkeye men defeated the Spartans 180.5-117.5, and the Iowa women’s team won 174-120.

HEAD COACH Marc Long — Marc Long is in his third season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team, and his second as head coach of the combined program. In his first year at the helm of the combined program, four student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships, and four school records were broken.

DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 32nd 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 31 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.