Hawkeyes To Host Truman State

Nov. 7, 2006


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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming team will host the Truman State Bulldogs Friday night at Iowa’s Fieldhouse Pool. The meet will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

THE LAST MEETING — The Hawkeyes and Bulldogs faced off last season in Kirksville, MO, with Iowa getting two dominating wins. The Hawkeye men swept all 14 events en route to a 176.5-82.5 win. The Hawkeye women won 10 of 14 events, for a 142.5-119.5 win.

THE COMPETITION — The Bulldog women are 0-1 after falling to Missouri State 162-132. The Bulldog men are also 0-1,with a 176-103 loss to Missouri State.

The Truman State women’s team — six time NCAA Division II defending champions — has already qualifed three individuals and one relay for this year’s NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs 200 medley relay team earned its A-cut time of 1:47.92 against Missouri State. Three Truman State individuals earned NCAA berths in the Bulldog Invitational. Whitney Wodstrchill qualified in the 200 back (2:03.91), Lindsay Vaughan in the 200 breast (2:21.98) and Emily Greenwood in the 100 back (58.18).

THE LAST WORD: MIZZOU DUALS — Both teams travled to Columbia, MO, last weekend to compete in the Missouri Dual Challenge, along with host Missouri, Drury, Louisville and Southern Illinois. The men went 1-3, with a victory over Drury. The women were 2-2 on the weekend, defeating Southern Illinois and Drury.

Leading the Hawkeyes were sophomore Alison Gschwend, and freshmen Christine Kuczek, Laura Mozdzen and Margie Chamberlin. Gschwend got a win in the 50 backstroke (27.58), Kuczek won the 50 freestyle (24.28) and Mozdzen took first in the 50 butterfly (26.48) against Louisville. Chamberlin picked up her first place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.75) against Southern Illinois.

Sophomore Nick Divan led the Hawkeye men with wins in the 400 individual medley (4:05.78) and 1,650 freestyle (15:52.10) against Louisville. Divan also placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:37.72) against Missouri and Drury. Junior Dragos Agache placed first in the 50 breaststroke (26.10) against Louisville, and in the 100 breaststroke (56.81) against Southern Illinois.

SEASON BESTS — Throughout the two day Missouri Dual Challenge, the Hawkeyes set a total of 90 season bests by 32 different individuals. The Iowa women had a total of 45 new season best times by 18 individuals. The men had a total of 45 new season bests by 14 individuals. Freshman Margie Chamberlin’s time of 2:04.88 in the 200 butterfly places her fifth on Iowa’s all-time top peformers list.

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. A new facility has been approved and will be completed by 2009.