Iowa to Compete at Shamrock Invite

Jan. 25, 2010

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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team (5-4, 2-3) will travel to South Bend, IN this weekend to compete in the Shamrock Invite. The Hawkeyes will face Notre Dame, Denver and 21st-ranked Missouri. The event will take place all day and Saturday.


“This weekend’s meet is against outstanding competition. It’s also unique in that we get to swim and dive nearly every Championship Meet event. This combination will help prepare us for the very challenging Big Ten Championships.”


The Hawkeyes traveled to Evanston, IL and took on the 23rd- ranked Northwestern Wildcats Jan. 23. Iowa went into the meet knowing that Northwestern would be a good competition. The team put up a good fight but could not come up with a victory. The Hawkeyes lost 173.5-121.5.

Iowa started off by winning the first event of the competition. The team of sophomore Danielle Carty, junior Katarina Tour, freshman Grace Borchers and sophomore Daniela Cubelic touched out Northwestern to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.44.

Tour had two individual first-place finishes that helped out her team. She finished in the top spot in the 100 breast with a season best time of 1:04.28. Tour captured her second individual first-place finish in the 200 IM. She posted a time of 2:08.51.

Junior diver Veronica Rydze placed first in the 3-meter diving with a score of 292.35. She went on to finish third in the 1-meter diving with a score of 260.33. Teammates Mary Sue LeMay and Brittany Logan place fifth (193.80) and sixth (177.30) in the 3-meter diving. Lemay finished fourth in the 1-meter (240.83), while Logan finished sixth (193.20).


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. 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.


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.