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Challenging schedule awaits Hawkeye swim team

logo_iowa_hawkeyesIOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa swimming and diving team announced its 2013-14 schedule Monday. The home slate includes eight home dates at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool, including the Hawkeye Invitational.

“We’re really excited about the 2013-14 schedule,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We’ve lined up one of the toughest schedules in the country, and we’re excited to put ourselves up against the best this season.”

The Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 27 in Ann Arbor against Michigan. The Wolverines’ men’s team is the defending National Champion.

Iowa begins a string of three-straight home events on Oct. 11 with its annual intrasquad meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. On Oct. 18, the Hawkeyes will host Michigan State and Northern Iowa and on Nov. 1, Minnesota will travel to Iowa City.

The men’s team returns to action Nov. 8 with a Big Ten double dual against Purdue and Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind. On Nov. 15, the women’s squad travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a Big Ten dual against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.

Iowa kicks off the month of December with the Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 6-8 at the CRWC. The prelim/final format will begin at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Hawkeye women’s squad will look for its fourth-straight triumph in the series over Iowa State on Dec. 13 when the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup is contested in Ames, Iowa. On Dec. 15-22, the U.S. Diving Winter Nationals will be held at a location to be determined, and the team will head to San Diego, Calif., from Dec. 30 through Jan. 5 for its winter training trip.

Iowa opens the New Year with a home dual against Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri in Iowa City on Jan. 18 before traveling to Evanston for a Jan. 25 matchup against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes will then compete in the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., from Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Iowa closes out the dual season on Feb. 7, hosting Western Illinois at the CRWC Pool. The event will serve as “Senior Night” for both the men’s and women’s teams.

The Iowa women’s team kicks off the championship season with the Big Ten Championships from Feb. 19-22, followed by the NCAA Championships from March 20-22. Both events will be contested in Minneapolis.

The Big Ten Men’s Championships will take place from Feb. 26-March 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich., while the NCAA Championships will be held in Austin, Texas, from March 27-29.

The Hawkeyes are also slated to host the Iowa Senior Championships from Feb. 27-March 2, and the Long Course Intrasquad Meet on April 12.

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