Jan. 19, 2010
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The University of Iowa’s men’s swimming and diving team (5-1, 2-1) will travel to Evanston, IL to compete against Big Ten rival Northwestern this week. The event will start at 11 a.m. Sat.
Marc Long “We just need to continue to work hard and get back into a routine with school starting. Just getting back into a normal schedule will help our team to get back into a routine. We are pretty excited to get on the road again and swim against a very good Northwestern team.”
The Hawkeyes have enjoyed two weeks training since the team lasted competed Jan. 6 at the Tampa Relays. Iowa earned 208 points to finish first out of three teams. The competition had 10 relay events and Iowa captured first place in nine of the events.
HEAD COACH Marc Long
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.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze
Bob Rydze is in his 35th year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 31 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.Rydze served as Team Leader for USA Diving at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
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.
FIELD HOUSE POOL
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 SWIMMING HISTORY & TRADITION
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.