Jan. 12, 2009
MIAMI, FL – The Iowa swimming and diving team triumphed in its latest competition on Saturday, Jan. 10th during its winter training trip to Miami, FL. The Hawkeye men took first in a tri-meet format, defeating the 15th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers and Florida Atlantic University. The Hawkeye women posted a solid second place finish in a quad meet format ahead of Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. The Iowa women scored 70 points, coming in behind Purdue’s 118 points.
In men’s action, the Hawkeyes showed intensity throughout the entire meet. Sophomore Conor Dwyer took first in two individual events and was the lead swimmer in Iowa’s first place 200 free relay team. Dwyer posted a first place time of 1:39.42 in the 200 free and captured the top spot in the 100 free (46.62) as well. Ryan Phelan, Richard Salhus and Duncan Partridge teamed up with Dwyer for a first place finish in the 200 free relay, finishing the race in 1:24.66.
Max Dittmer, Nick Divan and Partridge all captured individual races as well for Iowa. Dittmer had the fastest time in the 100 back, earning first in 51.89 while Divan took the top spot in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:38.76. Partridge was victorious in the 50 free race, finishing first in 21.29. Dittmer, Phelan, Sean Hagan and Ryan Phelan nearly captured the 200 medley relay for the Hawkeyes, finishing second in 1:34.92, just three-hundredths of a second behind Purdue’s first place time of 1:34.89.
The Iowa women had several top finishes also throughout their competition. Consistently strong in relay competitions, the Hawkeye women claimed second in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Danielle Carty, Katarina Tour, Kathryn Mozdzen and Julie deBruin posted a second place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.18 behind Purdue while DeBruin, Christine Kuczek, Alison Gschwend, and Daniela Cubelic took second in the 200 free relay (1:37.45).
Ashley Dell claimed first place in the 1,000 free for Iowa, finishing the race in 10:21.92. Katarina Tour and Kuczek also took the top spots in individual events during the competition. Tour earned first in the 100 breastroke in 1:05.73 and Kuczek was the first place finisher in the 100 free (52.44).
The Hawkeye men and women return from Miami to travel to Macomb, IL to face Western Illinois on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Iowa women will continue competition on Saturday, traveling to Champaign, IL to take on Illinois. Saturday’s competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Illinois Natatorium.