IOWA CITY, Iowa, October 24. THE University of Iowa men's and women's swimming and diving team hosted the Missouri State Bears this afternoon at the Field House Pool. The Hawkeye women started out on top and continued to dominate throughout the meet, defeating the Bears 188- 112. The Hawkeye men also defeated the Bears 188.5- 109.5
The Hawkeye men opened the competition with an intense battled for first place in the 200 medley relay. Iowa's team of junior Max Dittmer, senior Matt Ryan, freshman Byron Butler and sophomore Duncan Partridge had the crowd on their feet early after being neck in neck with Missouri State before Partridge touched the Bears relay out. The men posted a time of 1:33.12.
"It was nice to kick of the meet with a relay like we did," said Head Coach Mark Long. "It's not so much about the time as it is the race and they really stepped up today."
Senior Nick Divan continued the winning streak for the Hawkeye men, taking first in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:37.83. Sophomore Paul Gordon captured the top spot in the 200 free (1:41.17) and later went on to win the 100 free 45.43. Junior Sean Hagan finished first in the 100 breast recording a season best time of 57.75.
Butler earned two first place finishes in the 200 fly (1:54.82) and the 200 back (1:51.06). Divan claimed another first place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:41.25, followed by freshman Pawel Gilski in second place (4:43.38).
A victory in the men's 100 fly gave Gordon his third individual win of the day. Gordon finished the event in 49.60 and continued to anchor the Hawkeyes first place 400 free relay team to conclude the meet. Gordon teamed up with freshman Jordan Huff, Partridge and sophomore Ryan Phelan to win the relay with a time of 3:04.18.
The Hawkeye divers had a strong day of diving. Senior Frank Van Dijkhuizen won the one-meter diving event and took second place in the three-meter event. Van Dijkhuizen earned the top spot in the one- meter with a score of 331.95. He scored 313.65 score for the second place spot in the three-meter. Senior Mike Gilligan finished third in the one-meter with a score of 247.35. Freshman Mary Sue LeMay took second in the one-meter with a score of 203.63 and senior Brittnay Logan took fifth (175.12).
In women's swimming action, junior Verity Hicks and senior Christine Kuczek finished first and second in the 200 free. Hicks posted a time of 1:53.53 while Kuczek finished in 1:53.86. Sophomores Daniela Cubelic and Danielle Carty also went one and two in the 100 back. Cubelic earned the top spot with a time of 57.13 and Carty came in right behind at 57.40.
Senior Julie Feingold had an excellent meet. After winning the 100 breast, she recorded a season best time of 1:05.75. Feingold went on to win the 200 breast later in the competition with yet another season best time (2:22.29). Kuczek picked up two first place finishes in the 50 free (24.14) and 100 free (52.35).
Junior Kelsie Neubauer had a fantastic swim the 200 IM. Neubauer took first place in the event with a time of 2:09.23 which is only a second off of her collegiate best time of 2:08.21 that she swam at Big Ten Championships last season. The Hawkeye women concluded the competition with a first place finish in the 400 free relay. Cubelic, Carty, Hicks, and Kuczek swam a time of 3:32.38 for the win.
"It was a great meet," added Coach Long. "Like I said last night, we wanted to have another competition against a quality opponent the next morning to help stimulate what it will be like later in the year at the championship meets."
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