Hawkeyes Prepare For Panthers

Jan. 28, 2008

THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team (4-7, 2-2 Big Ten) will play host to intra-state rival Northern Iowa Friday at the UI Fieldhouse Pool. The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

The Men’s team does not compete again until the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, MI, on Feb. 28.

ON NORTHERN IOWA — The Northern Iowa Panthers are coming off of a victory against Minnesota State Moorhead that raised their dual meet record to 3-8.

Iowa is 9-1 all-time against the Panthers. The Hawkeyes have won the last three meets against the Panthers with the last victory coming two seasons ago in Cedar Falls. In that meet, Iowa won all but one event and took the meet by a score of 138-62.

LAST COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes were in Columbia, MO, last weekend for a meet with the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks. The women swam against both the Tigers and Jayhawks and were beaten by Missouri 156-86, and by Kansas 144-89. The men lost to Missouri 183-117.

Several Hawkeye season and career best times were set in the Mizzou Aquatics Center, most notably by freshman Conor Dwyer. In winning three individual events, Dwyer set career bests in the 100 (45.97) and 200 freestyle (1:38.93). He also won the 500 freestyle (4:38.86) as part of a 1-2-4 Iowa finish, and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:05.77). Sophomore Wil Whaley’s time of 1:49.42 in the 200 backstroke was good enough for a first place finish as well. Sophomore Brian Farris swam a career best time in the 1,000 freestyle (9:38.28), which was good enough for second place.

The women were led by junior Alison Gschwend, who won the 200 backstroke with a career best time of 2:02.07. Sophomore Julie deBruin also got in on the action by notching a season best time of 23.66 in her first place finish in the 50 freestyle vs. Missouri. Other winners on the day were sophomore Christine Kuczek in the 100 freestyle (51.81) vs. Missouri and sophomore Laura Mozdzen in the 200 butterfly (2:04.45) vs. Kansas.

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