Hawkeyes to Host Purdue and Ohio State

Nov. 14, 2011

Complete Release

The University Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host Ohio State and Purdue on Friday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.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 first 50 fans to arrive at Friday’s competition will receive a certificate for a FREE smoothie at the Tropicana Cafe located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Hawkeye 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.

Become fans of the official Iowa swimming and diving page by going to http://www.facebook.com/IowaSwimmingandDiving to follow the Hawkeyes on Facebook. Fans can also follow the black and gold on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/IowaHawkeyeSwim.

The Buckeyes enter Friday’s dual with a 5-0 record on the year. On Nov. 1, OSU downed Miami of Ohio, 149-122.

Ohio State finished third at the 2011 Big Ten Championships tallying 593 points, while Iowa placed seventh with 228.5 points.

The Buckeyes placed 11th as a team with 115 points at the 2011 NCAA Championships. The Ohio State men were the second-highest finishing Big Ten Conference team at the Championships.

Ohio State’s finish marked the fifth consecutive season that swimming coach Bill Wadley and diving coach Vince Panzano’s program has had a Top 16 result at the national championships. The team has placed 12th, 16th, 14th, ninth and 11th the last five years, respectively.

The Boilermakers enter Friday’s meet 3-0 on the season. Purdue has beat Miami of Ohio (170-127), Notre Dame (168-110) and Northwestern (182-116).

Purdue finished fifth at the 2011 Big Ten Championships tallying 343.5 points, while Iowa placed seventh with 228.5 points.

Dan Ross, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, completed his 26th season as head coach of the Purdue men’s swimming and diving team and his 34thyear of association with Boilermaker aquatics in 2011. He is the longest-tenured of all 14 Boilermaker head coaches and is tied with Minnesota’s Dennis Dale as the dean of Big Ten coaches.

Last season’s Big Ten runner-up in the 50 free, Ryan Phelan, beat his pool record in the event with a time of 19.90. Phelan previously held the record (20.20), which he set Oct. 8 at Iowa’s annual black and gold intrasquad meet and went on to tie the record Oct. 29 against Michigan State.

Phelan also set the 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.

Duncan Partridge, Ryan Phelan, Jordan Huff and Paul Gordon set at the pool record in the 400 free relay with a time of 2:58.17. The quartet set the record Nov. 4 when the Hawkeyes beat Minnesota, 160.5-139.5.

The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team is ranked 10th in the initial 2011-12 College Swimming Coaches Association of America top 25 poll. The Hawkeyes debuted at No. 10 in the dual meet rankings after downing Minnesota on Nov. 4 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.

Iowa is one of five Big Ten Conference schools ranked among the top 25, along with Michigan (1), Ohio State (11), Minnesota (15) and Purdue (17). Penn State is receiving votes.

The Hawkeyes rank among the top five nationally in four events early in the 2011-12 season. The 400-freestyle relay has the nation’s third best time along with the 200 medley relay. Senior Ryan Phelan currently boasts the fourth fastest time in the 50-free (19.90), while senior Paul Gordon has the fourth fastest time in the 100 free (44.07).

Iowa finished the 2010-11 season ranked 24th in the final TYP/CSCAA Men’s Division I poll.

Ryan Phelan was named Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week Nov. 1. The honor marked Phelan’s first career honor.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native earned the accolade after recording four first place finishes in Iowa’s dual meet victory over Michigan State Nov. 29. He tallied individual wins in the 50-yard free (20.20) and the 100-yard free (45.74).

He was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley (1:30.60) and 400-yard freestyle relays (3:03.86).

Phelan is the first Iowa men’s swimming student-athlete to claim Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honor since Conor Dwyer on Jan. 27, 2009.

Paul Gordon was selected as the Division I National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com Nov. 8.

Gordon, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., earned the male swimmer of the week recognition with his performance in the dual meet victory over Minnesota. He posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100-fly (48.30), 100-free (44.07) and 200-free (1:37.44) before anchoring the winning 400-free relay, which set a pool record.

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.

Since 2008-09, the men’s swimming and diving team has complied 30-4 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 stunned Minnesota on Nov. 4 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center pool. Iowa beat the Gophers, 160.5-139.5. Iowa’s win over Minnesota marked the first time since 1997.

Iowa will return home Dec. 2-5 to host the Hawkeyes Invitational. The competition will be prelims/finals with prelims starting at 11 a.m., while finals is set to begin at 6 p.m.

The Hawkeyes will serve as the hosts of the 2012 Big Ten Championships. The championship will take place Feb. 22-25 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

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.

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.

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 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.