Oct. 27, 2008
THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will return home to host Nebraska at the Field House Pool on Saturday. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The Iowa men’s team has the week off.
ON NEBRASKA — The Nebraska swimming team is coming off competition in the Big 12 Relays, where they placed sixth with 28 points. The Huskers are 0-1 this season following a 171-129 loss to Illinois in their first dual meet of the season. Nebraska sophomore Jess Andrews has displayed promise in sprint events. Andrews took first in the 50 (24:43) and 100 (53.24) yard freestyle events against Illinois.
LAST WEEK — The Iowa men and women’s teams traveled to East, Lansing, MI to take on Michigan State in their first road meet of the season. The Hawkeye men and women dominated the Spartans, with both teams earning victories.
The Iowa women earned their first conference win of the season, 154-146. Christine Kuczek had a big night for the Hawkeyes, winning both the 100 (52:00) and the 200 (1:51.77) freestyle races. Kuczek also placed second in the 500 freestyle. The Iowa women were dominant in relay competitions, taking first 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.
The Hawkeye men earned their third straight win with a 185-115 win over the Spartans. Sophomore Conor Dwyer had another excellent meet, taking first in the 100 (45:67), 200 (1:39.46), and 500 (4:34.43) freestyle races. Dwyer also anchored the first place 400 freestyle relay team, posting a time of 3:30.18 with teammates Duncan Partridge, Ryan Phelan, and Brian Farris. The Iowa men also took first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.46. Frank Van Dijkhuizen had a standout meet for the Iowa divers, winning both diving events. Van Dijkhuizen took first in the one meter competition with a score of 325.04, and the three meter with a 375.45. NEXT WEEK — The Hawkeye men and women will travel to Minneapolis, MN to face Minnesota. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the University Aquatic Center.
HEAD COACH Marc Long — Marc Long is in his fifth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming program. It’s his fourth year as head coach of the combined programs. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 10 school records have fallen and 39 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze — Bob Rydze is in his 34th year as diving coach of the Hawkeye men and women’s teams at Iowa. Rydze returns to Iowa this season fresh from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China where he served as Team Leader for USA Diving. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 31 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.