The University of Iowa men's swimming and diving team will host the Hawkeye Invitational Friday through Sunday at the CRWC
The University Iowa men's swimming and diving team travels to Minneapolis on Friday to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Iowa and Michigan State will square off Friday at 3 p.m. in a B1G dual
Iowa hosts the Black & Gold Intrasquad meet Saturday at the CRWC Pool
Kristy Brager is entering her third season as an assistant coach and women's recruiting coordinator with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program.
In 2013-14, Brager assisted in leading the women's team to a 9-5 dual record with the nine victories being the second-highest total for the program in the past decade. The Hawkeyes went 4-3 in Big Ten duals, which led to a No. 20 ranking in the collegeswimming.com poll on Dec. 29. The team posted school records in four individual and four relays throughout the course of the season.
The UI men's squad was ranked as high as No. 21 in the CSCAA poll for three weeks and three school records went down during the year. Brager coached senior Dustin Rhoads to the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events, marking the fourth-straight year the Hawkeyes have been represented at the championship.
Both the men's and women's squads posted eighth place finishes at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The UI women finished with 199 points, while the men tallied 188 points. At season's end, 31 Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees -- the 19 women's selections were a school record, while the men tied a record with 12 receiving the accolade.
During her first season, Brager assisted in leading the Hawkeye men's team to a 32nd place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the program's second-straight finish among the top-32 teams nationally. Six men's student-athletes competed at the championships, and Iowa earned honorable mention All-America honors in three events -- 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 100 backstroke.
Twenty-one school records went down during the course of the season and 20 Iowa student-athletes posted NCAA automatic or provisional times. The men's team finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships with 245 points, while the women's squad was 10th with 113 points.
The men's team finished the 2013 season ranked 20th in the Collegeswimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll after posting a 7-3 dual record; the women's squad received votes in the rankings during the season and finished the year with an 8-2 record. Academically, 25 Hawkeyes earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
Brager joined the Hawkeyes in 2012 following a two-year stint at George Mason University, where she helped lead the men's team to a pair of runner-up finishes in the Colonial Athletic Association -- its highest showing in school history. The men's and women's teams produced six CAA champions and set 11 school and eight conference records. Two of Brager's student-athletes swam to three individual event titles at the CAA Championships.
Brager tutored All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up Ashley Danner in the breaststroke. Danner became the 10th-fastest American swimmer during her senior year in the 100. Brager also coached Pan-American Games champion and two-time Olympic Trial semifinalist Amanda Kendall during the summer of 2012.
Prior to making the move to Fairfax, Va., Brager served as a senior assistant coach with the Badger Aquatics Swim Club from 2008-10. She coached three Olympic Trial, five Senior National and 12 Junior National meet qualifiers.
She also has coached at the club and high school level, serving as the head swim coach at Seminole Pool and Tennis Club and Edgewood Private High School in Wisconsin.
As a collegian, Brager swam collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, where she posted perfect practice and competition attendance throughout her four year career. She received the "Most Improved Award" in 2006 and the "Hardest Worker" honor in 2007 and 2008.
In the classroom, Brager was a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection for the Badgers, while twice earning the UW Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award (2007, 2008). She was also the recipient of the 2007 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Brager graduated from Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in economics in Dec. 2008, while also earning a certificate in environmental studies.