Oct. 8, 2007

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming teams will begin their regular season by heading to Madison, WI. The Hawkeyes will face the Wisconsin Badgers Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming team held it’s annual Black and Gold intrasquad meet at the Fieldhouse Pool. The Black team came back, after trailing for almost the entire meet, to win 128-116 on the final race.

“It was good to see the excitement and racing today,” said Hawkeye Head Coach Marc Long. “You can tell that this team wants to go somewhere. This is a fun event and it’s just good to see the team competing again”

ON WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin men’s swimming team is coming off a season opening victory over UW-Green Bay. Wisconsin dominated the meet winning 12 of the 13 events and winning 159-77. The Badgers were led by Junior Scott Rice who took home titles in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. The Badger women’s squad was equally impressive winning all 13 events and taking the meet 159-80. They were led by sophomore Gabby Maddalena who won both the 1,000 and 500 freestyle by a dominating 35 and 11 seconds respectively. The Badger women’s squad is coming off a 2006-07 season where they finished 24th at the NCAA championships.

THE LAST MEETING — Last year Wisconsin came to Iowa City with UW-Milwaukee for a triangular meet in the Fieldhouse Pool. The Badger men’s team downed the Hawkeyes in convincing fashion (240-111). The women’s squad also lost to the Badgers by a final tally of (265.5-87.5).

HEAD COACH Marc Long — Marc Long is in his fourth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his third year as head coach of the combined program. In his first two seasons at the helm of both programs, Long has seen six school records broken and 13 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships.

DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 33rd year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. Rydze will serve as Team Leader for USA Diving at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 31 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.

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