Hawkeye Seniors Bid Farewell to Field House Pool

Feb. 2, 2010

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The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team (6-6, 2-3) will host Western Illinois and Northern Iowa in its final home meet of the year. The Hawkeyes will recognize eight seniors at the meet, which will start at 5 p.m. Friday. The meet is also the final intercollegiate competition that will be held at the Field House Pool. The Iowa swimming and diving program will begin competing at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center next season.

*The Hawkeye swimming and diving program will honor seniors Nick Divan, Brian Farris, Michael Gilligan, Brad Jones, Jacob Moore, Matt Ryan, Josh Schubert, Frank Van Dijkhuizen and Jeff Funcke (mgr.) prior to Friday’s dual.
*Iowa Swimming Clubs are invited to attend the final intercollegiate meet at the Field House Pool.
*Every fan in attendance will receive a free “Field House Final Season” poster.
*Fans will have the opportunity to register to win a free Nintendo Wii console.

“We’re excited to host Western Illinois and Northern Iowa in a sprint format double dual this Friday. It’ll be a great opportunity to race and dive against two exciting Division I opponents in a unique format. In addition, the meet has special significance in that it’s our Senior Meet and the final collegiate dual meet, besides our April Alumni Meet, in the Field House Pool. We’ll be honoring our senior women before the meet, and getting ready to say goodbye to one of the legendary pools in America.”

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.

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.

The Hawkeyes faced Notre Dame, Denver and 21st-ranked Missouri at the Shamrock Invite in South Bend, IN. The event was a two-day competition spread out into three sessions. Iowa beat Denver (225-143) but lost to Notre Dame (260-110) and Missouri (269-101).

Junior Katarina Tour had a first-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.24. Her swim was Iowa’s only first-place finish at the event. The Hawkeyes top relay finish was in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Christine Kuczek, senior Julie deBruin, sophomore Daniela Cubelic and Tour placed second in the relay event. Iowa posted a time of 1:34.92.

The divers competed in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Junior Veronica Rydze placed third the 1-meter with a score of 267.75. She went on to earn sixth-place in the 3-meter (268.80) Freshman Mary Sue LeMay placed 11th (201.50) in the 1-meter and 10th in the 3-meter (219.05). Senior Brittany Logan came in 12th place (187.70) in the 1-meter and 11th in the 3-meter (203.65).

Deidre Freeman is set to compete at the Winter National Championships in Columbus, OH this weekend.

Senior Deidre Freeman, a native of Grinnell, IA, will be competing in the 2010 USA Diving Winter National Championships this weekend in Columbus, OH. The event starts Thursday and runs through Monday. Freeman will be competing Friday in the Senior Women 3m Springboard event. While at Iowa her best scores on the 1-meter (300.90) and 3-meter (330.98) rank fourth and third, respectively, in school history. She decided to redshirt this season.

Marc Long is in his sixth season as head coach of the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his fifth year 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.