Hawkeyes Head South

Dec. 31, 2007


THIS WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s swimming and diving teams will head to south Florida on Wednesday for their winter training trip. The team will be staying in Coconut Grove, FL. The trip will include 10 days of training at the University of Miami, both in and out of the water, and the Florida International Invitational on Saturday.

THE COMPETITION — Competing against Iowa in the sprint focused meet will be American University, Florida International University, and Lake Forest University. Last year, the Hawkeye men finished first of six teams, and the women finished second. Head coach Marc Long is excited to see what his team can do in Miami:

“We’re looking forward to an outstanding Florida trip. Having the opportunity to focus almost exclusively on training and competing is invaluable. We’ll definitely break through individual and team barriers on the trip.”

LAST COMPETITION — The University of Iowa women’s swimming team was in Ames on Dec. 7 to compete against in-state rival Iowa State. The Hawkeyes went down by a final score of 152-148 in a meet that was close throughout.

The Hawkeyes were led by first place finishes from sophomore Christine Kuczek in the 100 (51.86) and 200 freestyle (1:52.42), junior Ashley Dell in the 1,000 freestyle (10:25.22), sophomore Julie deBruin in the 50 freestyle (23.97), freshman Katarina Tour in the 200 IM (2:09.46) and sophomore Margie Chamberlin who set a season best in the 200 butterfly (2:03.81).

“Iowa State swam a very good meet, they are well coached and you have to give them credit for pulling it out,” said Iowa head coach Marc Long afterwards.

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