Oct. 24, 2011
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The University Iowa women’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 247 points on the day. The meet on Saturday marks Michigan State’s first Big Ten dual of the season.
Last season, the Hawkeyes defeated Michigan State in East Lansing, 175-125. The teams faced each other again at at the Big Ten Championships, where Iowa finished ninth with 151 points and Michigan State placed 10th with 86 points.
The Spartans 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.
Freshman Becky Stoughton set the pool record in the 1,000 free at the University of Wisconsin’s Natatorium with a time of 9:51.32. The time marked a collegiate best for Stoughton and ranks fourth in school history.
Stoughton previously set three school records at Iowa’s annual black and gold intrasquad meet. She posted records in 1,000 free (9:59.02), 200 free (1:50.51) and 500 free (4:53.42).
The women’s squad returns All-America diver Veronica Rydze. She earned the accolade after finishing 13th on the one-meter board (296.35) at the NCAA Championships.
The Hawkeyes defeated Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener Oct. 20 at the Natatorium in Madison. Iowa beat the Badgers, 224-74.
Iowa will host Minnesota Nov. 4 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. 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.