Oct. 25, 2008
EAST LANSING, MI – The Iowa men and women’s swimming and diving team both earned victories today in their first road meet of the season. The Hawkeye men soundly defeated the Michigan State men, posting a 185-115 win over the Spartans. The Iowa women also secured a close 154-146 win over the Spartan women. Today’s victory brings the Iowa women to 2-1 for the season, with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. The Iowa men are currently undefeated, boasting a 3-0 overall record and a 2-0 Big Ten record.
The Iowa men performed soundly today, capturing first place in both relay events. The Hawkeye 200 Medley Relay team of Max Dittmer, Ryan Phelan, James Dragon, and Duncan Partridge took first in the event with a time of 1:33.46. Partridge and Phelan were also members of the first place 400 Freestyle Relay team, along with teammates Brian Farris and Conor Dwyer. Dwyer had outstanding individual performances today as well, capturing three first place finishes for Iowa. Dwyer took first in the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle races with times of 45:67, 1:39.46, and 4:34.43, respectively. The Hawkeye men were also dominant in the diving competition. Frank Van Dijkhuizen earned first place in both the 1 Meter (325.04) and 3 Meter (375.45) competitions.
The Hawkeye women earned their first conference victory of the season, securing the win over the Spartans by nine points. Christine Kuczek had a big night for Iowa, winning both the 100 (52.00) and 200 (1:51.77) freestyle races, and placing second in the 500 freestyle. Deidre Freeman finished first in the 1 Meter diving competition for Iowa, posting a score of 300.90 The Iowa women also dominated their relay events today, taking first place in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay. Danielle Carty, Katarina Tour, Daniela Cubelic, and Julie deBruin earned the top spot in the 200 Medley Relay in 1:44.74 while Cubelic, DeBruin, Carty, and Kuczek teamed up to take first in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:27.06.
“It was a great win for both programs,” said Iowa Head Coach Marc Long. “Getting a Big Ten win on the road is always challenging and the way these guys came together and came away with the win is great. We are really proud of the way everyone raced today.”
The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will return home next week to host Nebraska at the Field House Pool on Saturday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The Iowa men have the week off.