Nov. 27, 2006
THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming teams travel to Columbus for the Ohio State Invite Friday through Sunday. The invite will take place at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion.
THE LAST MEETING — Last year at the Ohio State Invite the Hawkeye men finished sixth with 164 points and the Hawkeye women finished sixth with 274.5 points.
The Hawkeye men were led by the Divan brothers; sophomore Nick Divan placed fifth in the 1,650 free and 11th in the 500 free. Senior Paul Divan was seventh in the 200 breast, and 12th in the 100 breast.
Senior Emmy Haeger placed seventh in the 100 breast and 12th in the 200 breast to lead the Hawkeye women. Sophomore Alison Gschwend placed 11th in the 200 back for the Hawkeyes.
THE COMPETITION — Womens swimming teams competing at the Ohio State Invite, along with Iowa and Ohio State will be Arkansas, Bowling Green, Denver, South Carolina and Utah. Diving teams joining Iowa are Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Bowling Green and Denver.
Mens swimming teams competing will be Iowa, #12 Ohio State, Denver, #7 Minnesota, #17 Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Utah. Diving teams will be Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, Utah and Miami, Florida.
THE LAST WORD: TRUMAN STATE — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming team hosted Truman State on November 10. The Iowa men defeated the Bulldogs 156-49, winning all 11 events. The Hawkeye women won 10 of 11 events for a 135-70 win.
Iowa Freshman Brian Farris stole the spotlight from his teammates in the final event of the night. The first two legs of the 400 relay team were dead even with Truman State, however, the Bulldogs started to pull away in the third leg. Farris was able to win by 24 hundredths of a second. Senior Seth Tweedy led the Hawkeye men with wins in the 100 (48.16) and 200 free (1:45.71), also swimming the first leg on the winning 400 free relay team. Sophomore Nick Divan added two more wins for the Hawkeyes in the 400 IM (4:07.98) and the 500 free (4:38.35).
Senior Emmy Haeger led the Hawkeye women with wins in the 50 free (24.21) and the 100 breast (1:04.81). Sophomore Ashley Dell also added two wins for the Hawkeyes in the 500 (5:06.53) and the 1,000 free (10:22.52).
“This was a great win for us. We knew we were coming home to compete with a good team” said Head Coach Marc Long.
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.