End of an Era: Q&A with Michael Curley

April 14, 2010

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa swimming program will compete for the final time in the historic Field House Pool Saturday, April 17. The 83-year old pool will host the Iowa Alumni meet at noon prior to the teams annual spring celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in Coralville, IA. The following is a Q&A with former Hawkeye and Big Ten Champion Michael Curley (’84), who was kind enough to take a moment to share his favorite memories of Iowa swimming and competing at the historic Field House Pool.

Q: Why did you choose the University of Iowa?
“The coaching staff and the excitement of the program heading in the “right” direction.”

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Q: What is your most memorable Hawkeye moment?
“Individually, winning the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships. As a team, my junior year we were in the hunt to win the Big Ten Title and our 800 Free Relay was DQ’ed. I remember sitting in the Embassy Suites Hotel room with all the team and the coaches and everyone agreeing that “they” could take our title but not our hearts!”

Q: What will you remember most about the Field House Pool?
“The very first day I was on campus as a freshman, hustling up to the 10 meter tower and saying, `hey watch me throw this kickboard’… we watched it sail thru the air, across the 50 yard pool and right thru a window and on to the sidewalk outside.”

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center will serve as the new home of the Hawkeyes beginning in 2010. The $69 million facility, expected to be complete in June 2010, will include a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.

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