Oct. 10, 2008
IOWA CITY, IA –The Iowa Swimming and Diving team hosted the Truman State Bulldogs this evening at the Field House Pool to kick off regular season competition. Iowa came out strong and defeated the Bulldogs 379.5-140.5 and captured first place in every event except one. The Hawkeyes now stand at 1-0 for the season.
After strong performances from Iowa’s 200 Medley Relay teams, the Hawkeyes took an early 30-4 lead over the Bulldogs. Danielle Carty, Katarina Tour, Kathryn Michelau, and Julie deBruin finished first in the women’s 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:46.64, while Max Dittmer, Matt Ryan, James Dragon, and Paul Gordon earned a first place finish in the men’s event with a time of 1:36.18. The Hawkeyes continued in winning fashion throughout the meet, taking first place in every event. Sophomore Verity Hicks took first in the 1,000 Free in 10:30.38, and Brian Farris won the event for the men in 9:47.83.
The women dominated the 200 Free, taking the top three spots. Christina Kuczek took first in the event with a time of 1:53.15. The men claimed the top four spots in their 200 Free and Nick Divan posted a time of 1:43.78 to win the event. The Hawkeyes carried their momentum throughout the entire meet, and maintained a strong lead over the Bulldogs.
Junior Laura Mozdzen took first in the 200 Fly (2:08.35) and the 100 Fly (58.31) while Julie Feingold claimed first in both the 100 Breast (1:06.60) and the 200 Breast (2:23.83). Christine Kuczek also had a standout performance tonight, taking the top spot in the 100 Free (52.39), 200 Free (1:53.15), and 500 Free (5:03.55). The Hawkeye men also had a successful night. Conor Dwyer and Sean Hagan earned multiple first-place finishes to help lead Iowa to victory. Dwyer finished first in the 50 Free with a time of 21.32 and captured the top place in the 500 Free (4:46.99). Dwyer also posted the best time in the 200 IM, taking first place again with a time of 1:54.31. Hagan earned two first place finishes in the breaststroke, posting a 59.38 in the 100 Breast and won the 200 Breast in 2:12.21.
The Hawkeyes will look to improve their record next Friday, October 17, when they take on Wisconsin at home for their first conference meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to being at 5:00 p.m. at the Field House Pool.