Former Hawkeye divers to compete internationally

BY DI STAFF | MAY 03, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's diving team will be represented on the international stage on May 6.

Deidre Freeman and Veronica Rydze — both former Hawkeye divers — will represent the United States at the Canada Cup in Montréal in the 3-meter synchronized diving competition.

Freeman, a 2011 graduate, ended her Iowa career as the school record-holder in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. She placed third in the 1 meter at the 2011 Big Ten championships and earned All-American honors on both boards following her performance at the 2011 NCAA championships.

Rydze, a 2012 senior and diving coach Bob Rydze's daughter, placed fifth on the 1-meter and ninth on the 3-meter at the 2012 Big Ten championships. She earned All-American honors in 2011 after placing 12th at the NCAA championships.

The duo qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in the 3-meter synchronized diving and took first place in the event at the 2011 Big Ten championships. They finished fifth at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on Dec. 22, 2011.

For more information on the event, visit canadacup.diving.ca.

— by Tork Mason

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