Oct. 24, 2011
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The University Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host Michigan State on Saturday at `Pack the Pool’ at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.
For live results from your computer or smart phone, visit: http://live.iowaswimming.com/swimming/ . Free WiFi is available at the CRWC for all students and faculty.
The marketing department is holding a “Guess the Winning Time Contest” in the men’s 50 free and women’s 100 free. Fans are encouraged to stop by the marketing table in the pool gallery and write down their winning guesses. The winners will take home a $25 Visa gift card.
Fans can also pick up 2011-12 swimming and diving posters, calendar cards, stickers and bumper stickers from the marketing table located in the pool gallery at the main entrance.
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SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Michigan State opened its season on Oct. 8 with victories over Cleveland State and Oakland. The team tallied 202 points on the day. The meet on Saturday against Iowa marks Michigan States first Big Ten dual of the season.
Last season, the Hawkeyes downed the Spartans, 181-119, in East Lansing. The teams faced each other again at the Big Ten Championships. Iowa placed seventh with 228.5 points, while Michigan State finished 10th with 180.5 points.
Head coach, Matt Gianiodis is in his 14th overall and eighth season as head coach of the Michigan State swimming and diving teams.
In his eight seasons, Gianiodis’ teams have made their mark in the pool and in the classroom. Since 2004, 14 varsity records have been broken by Spartan swimmers and divers. The program has been represented at the NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005. In that span, Gianiodis has also coached swimmers to the 2004 South African and the 2006 Puerto Rican national teams.
Last season’s Big Ten runner-up in the 50 free, Ryan Phelan, set a pool record in the event with a time of 20.27 at Wisconsin’s Natatorium. The previous record was held by former Hawkeye and Big Ten Champion, Tom Williams, which was set in 1988.
Phelan set a pool record in the event (20.20) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Oct. 8 at Iowa’s annual black and gold intrasquad meet.
The men’s squad returns all four members of the 400 free relay that earned All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Paul Gordon, Jordan Huff, Duncan Partridge and Ryan Phelan placed 15th (2:54.82) in the relay to earn All-America accolades.
DUAL MEET DOMINATION
Since 2008-09, the men’s swimming and diving team has complied 27-4 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.
The Hawkeyes downed Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener Oct.20 at the Natatorium in Madison. Iowa beat the Badgers, 227.50-66.50.
The Iowa will return home Nov. 4 when to host Minnesota. The competition will begin at 5 p.m.
HEAD COACH Marc Long
Marc Long is in his eighth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his seventh as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 36 school records have fallen and 74 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
DIVING COACH Bob Rydze
Bob Rydze is in his 37th 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. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 33 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 home for 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.
Six student-athletes have been named to the 2011-12 Captains’ Council. Ryan Phelan, Jordan Huff and Kyle Noser will captain the men’s squad, while Daniela Cubelic, Danielle Carty and Haley Gordon will captain the women’s squad. The Captains’ Council was voted on by their peers and coaches.