Iowa Swimming Heading to Truman State

Nov. 12, 2007

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IOWA CITY, IA

THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming and diving teams will head to Kirksville, MO to take on Truman State Friday at 6 p.m.

ON TRUMAN STATE — The Truman State men and women are currently ranked 13th and 9th, respectively, in NCAA Division II. The women’s team will enter the meet with a 3-1 record while the men come in at 0-4. The Bulldog teams lost the only time they swam against a Division I team this season, which was Missouri State.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS — The Hawkeye men hold a 3-0 series lead against Truman State. The first ever meeting was in 2003. The last meeting came last season when Iowa was victorious by a score of 176.5-82.5. The women’s first meeting with Truman State was in 2002. Iowa is 4-0, all-time, against the Bulldogs after winning 142.5-119.5 a year ago.

LAST WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s team played host to Purdue on Friday. The Hawkeyes lost the dual meet by a score of 173.5-122.5. The loss dropped the men to 1-3 overall and in Big Ten competition

The Hawkeyes were led by freshman Conor Dwyer who picked up first place finishes in the 100 (46.78) and 200 freestyle (1:42.15). Sophomore Wil Whaley took top honors in the 100 (52.21) and 200 backstroke (1:51.38). The Hawkeye 400 freestyle relay (3:09.96) team of Whaley, Dwyer, Brad Jones, and Brian Farris took first place in the last event of the evening. The diving team was led by sophomore Michael Gilligan, who won the one-meter diving competition (298.50) and was good enough for second in the three-meter competition (288.75).

Two of Iowa’s first four opponents have been ranked in the top 25 (Minnesota and Purdue) and Head Coach Marc Long has taken notice

“The Big Ten is a tough league, but that’s what we have to swim against. When half our team is freshmen, it will be difficult at times. We are looking to improve and we are still looking toward the bigger meets in February.”

The women’s team did not compete last week.

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