Jan. 24, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa men and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Big Ten opponent Northwestern today at the Field House Pool. The Hawkeye men came out on top of an intense battle, defeating the Wildcats 171.5-128.5 for their fourth straight dual meet win. The Iowa women battled hard but came in behind Northwestern, falling to the Wildcats 192-99. The Hawkeye women are now 6-3 overall this season and 2-3 in Big Ten competition. The Iowa men improve to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeye men opened the day’s competition with an intense win in the 200-medley relay. Iowa’s team of Max Dittmer, Matt Ryan, James Dragon, and Duncan Partridge took first in the event in 1:33.45. The Iowa women took second in their 200-medley relay event. Danielle Carty, Katarina Tour, Daniela Cubelic, and Julie deBruin came in second with a time of 1:45.30 behind Northwestern’s first place team’s time of 1:44.55, which set a new Field House Pool record.
Junior Nick Divan kept up the winning momentum for the Hawkeye men, taking first in the 1,000 free race, and touching the wall in 9:27.50. Conor Dwyer then captured the top spot in the 200 free (1:37.37) and Dittmer finished first in the 100 back, winning the event in 50.91. The Iowa men finished one and two in their 50 free race with Partridge taking first in 21.23 followed by Ryan Phelan in second (21.28).
Dwyer earned his second win of the day in the 100 free event, claiming first place with a time of 45.86. Sean Hagan and Dittmer both earned second place finishes for Iowa in the 200 back and 200 breast. Dittmer took second in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.84 while Hagan finished second in the 200 breast in 2:08.00. Paul Gordon and Divan finished second (4:33.60) and third (4:38.19) in the 500 free while Richard Salhus picked up a second place finish in the 100 fly (51.29).
A victory in the men’s 200 IM gave Dwyer his third individual win of the day. Dwyer finished the event in 1:52.15 and continued on to anchor the Hawkeyes’ first place 400 free relay team to conclude the meet. Dwyer teamed up with Partridge, Gordon, and Phelan to win the event with a time of 3:04.29 and seal the victory for Iowa.
The Hawkeye divers had a strong showing today, winning all the boards. Veronica Rydze earned her first victory of the season in the three-meter competition. Rydze earned a score of 302.62 to capture first place, while teammate Deidre Freeman came in second with 267.90 points. The tables were turned in the one-meter event. Freeman took first in the event with a score of 270.45 and Rydze came in second with 267.30 points. Frank Van Dijkhuizen won both the men’s three-meter and one-meter events for the Hawkeyes. Van Dijkhuizen earned the top spot in the three-meter with a 336.45 and took the one-meter event with a score of 316.13.
In women’s action, Carty and Cubelic finished two and three in the 100 back event. Carty posted a time of 56.86 while Cubelic finished in 57.20. Senior Ashley Dell came in third in the 1,000 free, completing the race in 10:26.56. Laura Mozdzen and Tour each earned a third place finish for the Hawkeyes in their respective events. Mozdzen finished third in the 200 fly in 2:07.94 while Tour took third in the 100 breast (1:05.41).
Mozdzen went on to finish the 200 fly in 2:07.94, which earned her third in the event. DeBruin swam to a fourth place finish in the 50 free (24.43) and also finished in the top three in the 100 free race, finishing third in the event with a time of 53.53. Gschwend took third in the 200 back (2:03.56) while teammate Julie Feingold earned a fourth place finish in the 200 breast (2:22.68). In the 500 free race, Iowa’s top swimmer was sophomore Verity Hicks who finished third in the event with a time of 5:05.28.
Tour earned Iowa’s only individual first place finish of the day in the 200 IM. Tour took the top spot in the event with a time of 2:07.20 and teammate Feingold was close behind for a second place finish in 2:10.31. The Hawkeye women concluded the day’s competition with a second place time in the 400 free relay. Hicks, Cubelic, Gschwend and DeBruin swam hard for Iowa and took second in the event with a time of 3:32.78.
“The men really had some outstanding races today,” said Iowa Head Coach Marc Long. “They performed very well against a talented Big Ten opponent. We are looking forward to the next few weeks as we prepare for the Big Ten championships.”
The Hawkeyes will return to action next Saturday at home when they host the Missouri Tigers for their Senior Day. The meet will be the final home competition of the season for Iowa and will honor Iowa’s eight seniors. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Field House Pool.