Sunshine Awaits Hawkeyes In Florida

Jan. 3, 2011

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THIS WEEK The University of Iowa men’s swimming team will travel to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the Tampa Relays January 8. The event will be held at the University of Tampa campus starting at 11 a.m (ET).

QUOTING HEAD COACH Marc Long “We’re looking forward to heading south for intense training in Sarasota and competing at the Tampa Relays,” said UI head coach Marc Long.

HAWKEYES CRACK TOP 25 The University of Iowa’s men’s swimming and diving team cracked the top-25 in the Dec. 16 TYR/CSCAA Men’s Division I poll. The Hawkeyes entered the polls ranked 22nd after a fast start to the season. The Hawkeyes have a record of 3-1 overall, 2-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. The others include Ohio State (7), Michigan (8), Minnesota (13), Indiana (14) and Purdue (21). Iowa was last ranked 22nd in the country following the team’s 156-142 victory over 20th-ranked BYU in the 2003-04 season. The Hawkeyes ended the 2004 season 8-4 overall and tied for 28th in the NCAA Championships.

THE ROAD TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS The Hawkeyes enjoyed a breakout performance at the Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 3-5, as the squad posted NCAA B cut times in 13 events. Leading up to the competition, Iowa had only posted qualifying times in a pair of events (200-free and 400-free relay). All of the individual NCAA B cut qualifiers can be found on the second page.

DUAL MEET DOMINATION Since 2008-09, the men’s swimming and diving team has compiled a 21-3 dual meet record. That mark includes a 10-1 record in 2009-10, which is the program’s best record since finishing 13-1 and placing second at the Big Ten Championships in 1987.

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.

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.