Oct. 2, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s and women’s swimming team started their season with a splash at the annual Black and Gold intrasquad meet this morning at their new facility in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Hawkeyes came together and raced for a cure, supporting heart disease awareness. Both team’s raced strong but the Black team led from the beginning and never looked back, winning 100-90.
The Black team was led by captain’s sophomores April Allen and Jordan Huff, junior Danielle Carty, and senior Max Dittmer and the Gold team led by captain’s juniors Daniela Cubelic, and Ryan Phelan and seniors Bryan Hill, and Katarina Tour.
“It was a lot of fun and great atmosphere for a good cause, supporting heart disease awareness,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “To have the team’s hold a draft, it’s a great learning process for them. All and all it was a great atmosphere to get into our dual meet season, which starts next week.”
Going into the first intermission the Black team led the Gold 48-38. The meet started off with the 200 medley relay. The men’s and women’s relay teams for the Black team jump started the Black teams lead by taking first place finishes. In the next event, freshmen Taylor Newgaard and Manuel Belzer extended the lead for the Black team by both winning their 1000 free heats.
With only two events left to go in the competition the Black team led the Gold team 89-69. The Gold team tried to fight back for win in hopes of winning the 100 breast and 200 free relay. The team was unable to win the 100 breast heats but came back strong in the 200 free relay. Both the men’s and women’s relay teams from the Gold team won their heats but it was not enough to take the first-place title.
Sculptor Larry Nowlan, who has created three sculptures on the University of Iowa campus, was recognized prior to the meet by the swimming and diving booster club for the bronze butterfly statue he created at the CRWC. Nowlan’s statue is located on the second floor of the CRWC and is in honor of the creation of the butterfly stroke in 1936. Nowlan’s other sculptures are in honor of Nile Kinnick and are located outside historic Kinnick Stadium.
“We still have a lot of work to do technically,” added Long. “We are still in a heavy training mode and will even increase next week. As far as racing, it’s fine-tuning the technical stuff, especially with the newcomers. We have a lot of work to do here this fall to get ready for February and March.”
Iowa will kick off the regular season Friday, Oct. 8 inside the CRWC. The Hawkeyes host Truman State at 6 p.m.