Hawkeyes Ready to Host Big Ten Championships

Feb. 20, 2012

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The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team competes in the Big Ten Championships Wednesday through Saturday at Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Preliminary events begin Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., while finals are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. (CT) each evening.

All-session tickets are $40 for adults and single session tickets are $8. Tickets are available from the Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS (1-800 424-2957).

The Hawkeyes placed seventh with 228.5 points at the 2011 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis.

During the four days of competition, the Hawkeyes broke eight school records. The 800 free relay consisting of Paul Gordon, Jordan Huff, Duncan Partridge and Max Dittmer set the record with a time of 6:27.36. Gordon set the school record in the 100 free with a time of 43.52. Tyler Lentz set the school record in the 200 IM (1:1:47.51), while Byron Butler set a new mark in the 200 back (1:44.87). The quartet of Dustin Rhoads, Sean Hagan, Gordon, and Ryan Phelan recorded a new pool record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.45, while the 400 medley relay team of Rhoads, Hagen, Gordon and Partridge posted a time of 3:14.12 to break the school record. Lastly, the 200 free relay of Phelan, Partridge, Gordon and Huff posted a school record time of 1:18.28, while the 400 free relay of Partridge, Phelan, Huff and Gordon set the record with a time of 2:53.50.

The Big Ten Network will televise the Men’s Swimming and Diving Big Ten Championships on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. (ET).

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.

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Ryan Phelan was named Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week on 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 on Oct. 29. He tallied individual wins in the 50-yard (20.20) and 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 on 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 University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team is ranked 14th in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) 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.

Iowa is one of five Big Ten Conference schools ranked among the top 25, along with Michigan (4), Ohio State (9), Purdue (17) and Minnesota (16).

The Hawkeyes rank among the top 10 nationally in three events in the 2011-12 season: – 50 Free, Ryan Phelan (19.77), 10th – 200 Free Relay (1:18.81), ninth – 400 Free Relay (2:54.78), 10th

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

Since 2008-09, the men’s swimming and diving team has compiled 34-6 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 in 1987.

Iowa has won three Big Ten team titles in school history (1936, 1981, 1982), and crowned 104 individual conference champions (76 in individual events, 20 in relays and eight in diving).

Three Hawkeyes have earned Swimmer of the Championships honors – Artur Wojdat (1991, 1992), Rafal Szukala (1994) and Ales Abersek (2000). Wojdat was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year three times (1990, 1991, 1992), while former Hawkeye John Davey earned the honor twice (1987, 1988). Diving coach Bob Rydze has been named conference diving coach of the year three times (1985, 1986 and 1995).

Two Hawkeye divers top the list of all-time Big Ten top performers. Timo Klami scored a 625.60 on one-meter (11 dives) in 2003, while Randy Abelman posted a 448.20 on three-meter (6 dives) in 1981.

Iowa won its last Big Ten individual swimming titles in 2000 when Ales Abersek took the 100 (47.68) and 200 fly (1:44.93) crowns and Jay Glenn won the 200 free (1:36.84). Iowa’s last Big Ten diving champion was Timo Klami on three-meter (596.40) in 2003. Iowa’s last Big Ten relay champion was the 200 free relay of Krzystzof Cwalina, Tim Schnulle, Jim Mulligan and Rafal Szukala (1:19.69) in 1995.

Marc Long is in his eighth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming program. It’s his seventh year as head coach of the combined programs. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 41 school records have fallen and 74 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. Under Long, the men’s team has a 40-21 record, while the women’s squad has a 53-43 mark.

As a Hawkeye swimmer (1987-89), Long was a multiple NCAA finalist, six-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion, winning two conference titles in the 100 fly and one as part of the 400 free relay. He was voted a team captain in 1989 and helped lead the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten runner-up finish, and their highest team placing (eighth) in modern day history at the NCAA Championships. Long swam on Iowa’s Big Ten and NCAA record setting 200 freestyle relay that year.

Frannie Malone (Iowa, 2000) was named to the position of associate head coach during the 2011 season. Malone had served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since joining the Hawkeye coaching staff in 2004.

Long is assisted by Kirk Hampleman (Auburn, 2002) and Nathan Mundt (Tampa, 2001).

Bob Rydze is in his 37th year as diving coach of the Hawkeye men and women’s teams. Rydze served as Team Leader for the USA Diving team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rydze has coached 33 All-Americans, 11 Big Ten and one NCAA Champion.

Since 1917, the University of Iowa swimming and diving program has been rich in 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. In its 93-year history, the Iowa men’s team has produced 17 Olympians, 26 NCAA champions and 382 All-Americans.

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’s divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Qualifier on March 8-10. Swimmers and divers who have met qualifying standards will compete at the NCAA Championships on March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.