Dec. 8, 2008
COLUMBIA, MO – The University of Iowa swimming and diving team concluded competition today at the Missouri Invitational. The Iowa women ended the three-day competition in second place with a total of 927 points. The Iowa men also took second place after three days of fierce competition, earning a total of 880.5 points.
The Hawkeyes had yet another strong showing in relay competitions today. The Iowa men took first place in the 400 free relay, with the Iowa women claiming second in the event. Duncan Partridge, Paul Gordon, Ryan Phelan, and Conor Dwyer posted a time of 2:58.98 to capture first place in the event and the team of Christine Kuczek, Julie deBruin, Katarina Tour, and Daniela Cubelic finished second in the event in 3:23.86. Earning a third place finish in the event was Iowa’s Danielle Carty, Verity Hicks, Caitlin Polz, and Alison Gschwend in a time of 3:26.92.
The Iowa women also posted high finishes in individual races as well. Gschwend took second place in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 2:01.62 while Kathryn Michelau posted a time of 2:03.66 in the 200 fly, which earned her a third place finish in the event. Ashley Dell claimed second place in the 1650 free, finishing in a time of 16:51.30.
On the men’s side of the action, Nick Divan took the top spot in the 1650 free in a blistering time of 15:21.84 while teammate Ryan Evans finished close behind, taking second place in the event in 15:40.35. Dwyer and Partridge finished close behind one another in the 100 free. Dwyer captured second place in 44.67, while Partridge finished just behind in third place in a time of 45.06.
The Hawkeye women will return home to take on rival Iowa State on Friday, Nov. 12. Competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Field House Pool. The Iowa men have the week off.