Sunny Florida Awaits Hawkeyes

Jan. 4, 2010

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The University of Iowa women’s swimming team will travel to Tampa, FL to compete at the Tampa Relays January 6. The event will be held on the campus of the University of Tampa starting at 2 p.m. (CT).

Iowa faced in-state rival Iowa State Dec. 11 in Ames, IA. The Hawkeyes had some strong swims but it was not enough to beat the Cyclones. The Hawkeyes lost the meet, 166-133.

Despite a loss, senior Verity Hicks, was named Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week for her efforts against Iowa State. She recorded two first-place finishes against the Cyclones. Hicks captured Iowa’s first win of the night with a season-best time of 1:51.42 in the 200 free. She later went on to win the 500 free, posting a time of 4:48.85.

Junior Katarina Tour also had two first-place finishes for the Hawkeyes. She swam a season-best time of 1:04.35 in the 100 breast. Tour also took the top spot in the 200 IM (2:03.72).

The Hawkeyes finished first and second in the 200 fly. Senior Laura Mozdzen placed first in the event with a time of 2:04.09. Senior Katie Michelau placed second in the event, posting a time of 2:04.96

Marc Long is in his sixth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his fifth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 10 school records have fallen and 39 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Bob Rydze is in his 35th year as diving coach of the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. Rydze served as Team Leader for USA Diving at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, where he served as the Team Leader for USA Diving. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 31 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.

Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility will serve as the new home for Iowa Swimming and Diving upon completion in the spring of 2010. The facility will be at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and is expected to cost $69 million.

Iowa’s Field House Pool was built in 1927 and was, at the time, the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. In 1979, the pool underwent a $400,000 renovation. Diving platforms were added in 1980. The pool is 150 feet long and 60 feet wide, with eight lanes. Diving facilities include a pair of one and three meter springboards, plus five and ten meter platforms.

Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level and competed at the first NCAA Championship. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top ten 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten Champions.