Nov. 1, 2010
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THIS WEEK The University Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will travel to Minnesota Friday to take on the Minnesota Gophers at the University Aquatic Center. The event will start at 5 p.m. (CT).
“We get an opportunity to have our second Big Ten meet on the road,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “Going into a place where we are clearly the underdogs, it will be good for our team to face very strong Minnesota team. We are anxious to race in a pool where the Big Ten’s and NCAA championships will be held. It should be a great opporutnity for our team to race an outstanding opponent.”
MANUEL IS THE MAN Freshman Manuel Belzer recorded two individual first-place finishes against Michigan State Oct. 22. Belzer posted a collegiate best while winning the 1,000 free in 9:29.85. He went on to also win the 500 free with a time of 4:37.98.
NEXT COMPETITION The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will have a break until early December. The Hawkeyes will return to action at home when they host the Hawkeye Invitational Dec. 3-5 at the CRWC.
LAST TIME OUT The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team defeated Michigan State in its first road meet of the season Oct. 22. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans 181-119.
HEAD COACH Marc Long Marc Long is in his seventh season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his sixth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 17 school records have fallen and 39 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze Bob Rydze is in his 36th year as diving coach of the men and women’s teams at the University of Iowa. Rydze served as Team Leader for USA Diving at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 31 all-Americans, nine Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is the new home of the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
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 10 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten Champions.
CAPTAINS COUNCIL Eight student-athletes have been named to the 2010-11 Captains Council. April Allen, Danielle Carty, Daniela Cubelic, Max Dittmer, Bryan Hill, Jordan Huff, Ryan Phelan and Katarina Tour were each voted to the council by their peers and coaches.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to this elite group,” said Long. “The council members will meet regularly with the coaches and provide great leadership for this year’s team. We’re looking forward to continued team development in partnership with these outstanding individuals.”
MALONE NAMED ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH Frannie Malone was named to the position of associate head coach Oct. 11. Malone had served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since joining the Hawkeye coaching staff in 2004.
“I’m pleased to announce the promotion of Frannie Malone to the position of associate head coach,” said Long. “Frannie has been a dedicated ally in the development and success of our teams. Her tireless work and commitment to Iowa swimming and diving has poised our program for an exciting future. I look forward to working with Frannie and the rest of our talented staff as we continue to take our program to new heights.”