Hawkeyes to Host Illinois

Jan. 9, 2012

Complete Release

THIS WEEK The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team hosts Illinois on Saturday. The meet is set to start at 11 a.m. inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.

LIVE STATS 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.

EVENT PROMOTIONS Saturday’s meet is Iowa’s “Gold Out” meet. Fans are encouraged to wear gold to support the Hawkeyes. Additionally, fans can enter to win an iPod shuffle by guessing the winning time contest in the 500 free. One pair of tickets to the 2012 Women’s Big Ten Championships will be given out.

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.

FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES 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.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS Illinois comes into Friday’s meet with a 4-2 overall record and 1-1 mark in the Big Ten. The Illini lost to Northwestern on Oct. 21, 199-101, and beat Michigan State, 154.5-145.5.

Sue Novitsky is in her 12th season as the head coach at Illinois. Novitsky, who joined the University of Illinois swimming and diving staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 1994, is in her 18th season as a part of the Illini program. After three seasons as the volunteer coach, Novitsky was promoted to assistant coach in the fall of 1997. In August 2000, she was as the fifth head coach in the program’s history.

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT Iowa freshman Becky Stoughton set school and pool records in the 1,000 free (9:39.44), 500 free (4:43.79) and 400 IM (4:16.01). She also set the school record in the 200 free (1:48.52). All of her times surpass the NCAA provisional cut times.

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

Stoughton broke her previous school and pool record in the 400 IM and 500 free at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 2-4

The Peoria, Ill., native also set the pool record in the 1,000 free at the University of Wisconsin’s Natatorium with a time of 9:51.32.

Combining pool and school records, Stoughton has set 16 records so far this season.

The Hawkeyes set pool records in the 200 fly, 200 IM and one-meter springboard at Iowa State’s Beyer Hall Pool when Iowa faced the Cyclones.

Abbey Tuchscherer set the pool record in the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.17, to break a 20-year-old record.

Stoughon posted a pool record in the 200 IM with her time of 2:03.70. Stoughton’s time beat the previous record, which was held by former Iowa swimmer Katarina Tour (2:03.74) in 2009.

Senior diver Veronica Rydze complied a collegiate best score of 312.90 on the one-meter springboard to set a pool record.

NCAA PROVISIONAL CUT TIMES The Hawkeyes currently have NCAA `B’ provisional qualifying cuts in six events this season: -200 Free, Becky Stoughton (1:48.52) -1,000 Free, Becky Stoughton (9:29.44) -1,650 Free, Becky Stoughton (16:28.18) – 400 IM, Becky Stoughton (4:16.01) – 200 Medley Relay (1:41.41) – 400 Free Relay (3:23.31)

WEEKLY HONORS Becky Stoughton was selected as the Division I National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com on Nov. 8. She was also named the Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 8 for her same efforts against Minnesota.

Senior Veronica Rydze was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Dec. 6 after claiming the 1 and 3-meter diving titles at the Hawkeye Invitational.

Sophomore Abbey Tuchscherer was named Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 13 for her efforts against in-state rival Iowa State.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS 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.

LAST EVENT The Hawkeyes faced No. 5 Arizona, Oregon State, Northern Arizona and New Mexico State in Tucson, Ariz., as part of the winter training trip. Iowa beat Oregon State (145-117), Northern Arizona (181-81) and New Mexico State (160-102), but fell to Arizona (168-91).

NEXT EVENT The Hawkeyes will travel to Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 21 to face Northwestern and Harvard. The competition is set to start at 11 a.m.

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.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS The University of Iowa hosts the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 15-18 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visit the official Championship page at hawkeyesports.com/sports/w-swim for information on tickets, travel, parking, results, schedule of events and more.

Iowa previously hosted the 1985 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the UI Field House.

Iowa will also be host to the 2012 Men’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 22-25. The same site has not hosted both the men and women’s Big Ten meets since 1987 and 1988 when they were held in Indianapolis.

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.

IOWA SWIMMING HISTORY & TRADITION 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.

CAPTAINS COUNCIL 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.