Iowa Ready for Hawkeye Invitational

Nov. 28, 2011

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The University Iowa women’s swimming and diving team will host Hawkeye Invitational Friday through Sunday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The meet will run as a championship meet format with prelims and finals. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. each day, while finals will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday.

For live results from your computer or smart phone, visit: Free WiFi is available at the CRWC for all students and faculty.

Friday is “Kid’s Night” at the Hawkeye Invitational. The first 100 fans will recieve Hawkeye watches. Additionally fans can enter to win four tickets to the Children’s Museum and a $50 Scheels gift card.

Saturday is Junior Hawk Club pizza party night. Gold pom poms will be handed out to fans and fans will have a chance to win a $50 Scheels gift card.

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.

Admission to the 2011 Hawkeye Invitational is free of charge. The spectator entrance to the University Aquatic Center will open 90 minutes before the start of each session.

Concessions will be available at the Tropical Smoothie Café, which is located near the main entrance of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Additional concessions will be provided by Iowa Memorial Union on the spectator level. As a reminder, all glass containers are prohibited in the University Aquatic Center.

The Hawkeyes will host Denver, Michinga, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Washington State. Notre Dame and South Dakota State will also be competing in diving events.

Michigan is ranked 16th overall in the College Swimming Coaches Association of American poll as of Nov. 10.

Become fans of the official Iowa swimming and diving page by going to to follow the Hawkeyes on Facebook. Fans can also follow the black and gold on Twitter at!/IowaHawkeyeSwim.

Freshman Becky Stoughton set school and pool records in the 1,000 free (9:39.44), 500 free (4:47.18) and 400 IM (4:17.60). She also set the school record in the 200 free (1:48.52).

She crushed her previous school record in the 1,000 free by over 11 seconds with a time of 9:39.44. She beat her previous record, which she set against Wisconsin Oct. 20 with a time of 9:51.32.

Stoughton broke her previous school and pool record in the 400 IM of 4:17.90, which she set at Iowa’s meet against Michigan State on Oct. 29.

The Peoria, Ill., native 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.

Combining pool and school records, Stoughton has set 13 records in Iowa’s first four meets of the season.

Becky Stoughton was selected as the Division I National Swimmer of the Week by on Nov. 8.

Stoughton, a freshman from Peoria, Ill., set pool records in all three events in which she swam on Nov. 4 in the dual meet against Minnesota. She won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:39.44, the 500-yard free in 4:47.18 and the 400-IM in 4:17.60. The 500-free and 400-IM times were both NCAA “B” qualifiers.

Stoughton was also named the Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 8 for her same efforts against Minnesota.

Stoughton is the first Hawkeye swimmer to garner the Swimmer of the Week honor this season, and the first since Katrina Tour on Dec. 14, 2010.

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 lost to Purdue on Nov. 18. The Boilermakers defeated Iowa, 182-118.

Iowa will travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Dec. 9. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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.

The Hawkeyes will serve as the hosts of the 2012 Big Ten Championships. The championship will take place Feb. 15-18 at

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.

Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on the 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.