June 1, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA — University of Iowa Head Swimming Coach Marc Long has announced the signing of seven additional recruits. Molly Houlton and Katarina Tour have signed with the women’s team. Alex Dragon, Conor Dwyer, Sean Hagan, Cameron Lennon, and Damjan Strbac signed with the men’s team.
Houlton comes to Iowa from Tucson, Ariz., and specializes in the backstroke, IM and freestyle. As a prep, she captured an Arizona individual state championship, was an Olympic trial qualifier and National Age Group record holder. Houlton’s times in the 200 back (1:58), 200 IM (2:02.5) and 500 free (4:52) would have led the Hawkeyes this past season.
Tour, a native of Farsta, Sweden, will be a valuable asset to the Hawkeyes as she can compete in any stroke. Her top times in the 100 breast (1:02.9), 50 (23.7) and 100 free (51) would have ranked near the top of Iowa’s best times last season. Tour is expected to have a vital role on Hawkeye relays.
Dragon of Muscatine, Iowa, specializes in the IM and breast strokes, where he is expected to add significant depth to the Iowa roster.
Dwyer is a native of Winnetka, Ill., and should contribute immediately in the freestyle. His times in the 100 (47) and 200 free (1:42.70) are competitive with Iowa’s best times.
Hagan of Boone, Iowa, can compete in the IM, free, and breast. He is expected to help Iowa in all of these strokes.
Lennon is an outstanding flyer who will also add depth to the sprint free races. The native of Urbandale, Iowa, has top times of 50.5 in the 100 and 1:51 in the 200.
Strbac comes to Iowa from Zagreb, Croatia, and will compete in the free and fly. He will be a huge addition to the relays as well, and has top times of 20.7 (50 free), 45.2 (100 free) and 49 (100 fly).
Seven other preps signed with Iowa during the fall signing period. They are Therese Bergstrom, Kelsie Neubauer, Caitlin Carlyle and Veronica Rydze who signed with the women’s team, and Richard Salhus, Bryan Hill and Max Dittmer for the men’s squad.
“We are very excited for these young student-athletes to join our program,” said Head Coach Marc Long . “They will be a big addition and help Iowa swimming become stronger in the Big Ten and on a national level.”
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