Hawkeyes Prepare For In-State Rival Iowa State

Dec. 3, 2007


THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s swimming team will head to Ames on Friday to compete in a dual meet against the Iowa State Cyclones. The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Beyer Pool. The meet will be part of the HyVee Cy-Hawk series, which the Cyclones currently lead 10-3. The winner of the meet will be awarded two points. The men do not compete until the Florida International Invitational on Jan 5.

ON IOWA STATE — Iowa State comes in with a 2-1 dual record after winning at in-state rival UNI on Dec 1 for the 15th consecutive time. The Cyclones are led by sophomore Lindsey Behrens in the freestyle and senior Lindsay Wegner in the backstroke.

LAST YEAR — The Hawkeyes played host to Iowa State a year ago and came out with a 181.5-117.5 victory. The victory was Iowa’s third straight over the Cyclones and 11 of the last 13 in the series.

LAST COMPETITION — The University of Iowa men and women’s swimming team was in Columbus, OH Nov 30 – Dec 2nd to compete in the Ohio State Invitational. The men’s team finished in sixth place out of 13 teams with 250 points while the women edged the University of Denver for third place out of 15 with 455 points. Several Iowa swimmers set season and lifetime bests at the invitational and head coach Marc Long is enjoying the team’s progress.

“This was a great opportunity, and we saw some outstanding swimming,” said Long. “Overall, we competed very well against some of the top swimmers in the nation and I like what I saw from our young team.”

Top finishers for the men were Wil Whaley in the 200 backstroke (4th, 1:47.69). Top five finishes were brought home for the women by Ashley Dell in the 1,650 freestyle (4th, 16:55.03), Christine Kuczek in the 100 freestyle (4th, 51.18), Margie Chamberlin in the 100 butterfly (5th, 56.59) and Katarina Tour in the 100 breaststroke (4th, 1:03.94). Top relay performances included the 200 freestyle relay team of Julie deBruin, Kuczek, Tour, and Caitlin Carlyle (5th, 1:35.36); the 400 medley relay of Alison Gschwend, Tour, Chamberlin, and Kuczek (5th, 3:51.00); the 200 medley relay team of Gschwend, Tour, Chamberlin, and deBruin (4th, 1:45.30); and the 400 freestyle relay of Kuczek, deBruin, Gschwend, and Carlyle (2nd, 3:25.94). Iowa diver Frank Van Dijkhuizen shattered his previous season best on the three-meter board with a score of 359.20.

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