Iowa adds another Olympic swimmer

BY DI STAFF | JULY 09, 2012 6:30 AM

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A former Olympian has joined the Hawkeye swimming and diving team.

Junior Lindsay Seemann has transferred to Iowa after spending her first two years at Arizona.

Seemann, at age 15, became the youngest Canadian Olympic athlete to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swimming in the women's 200-meter backstroke. She finished in 30th place.

Now 19, the Newmarket, Ontario, native will join a nationally ranked incoming class of recruits for the 2012-13 season.

The transfer scored NCAA "B" cut times in the 200-meter backstroke and the 500-meter freestyle at the Texas Invitational last season with the Wildcats. She was also given a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention for her scholastic work this past year in Tucson.

Seemann brings with her notable experience on the international level outside of the Olympics as well. She competed for the Canadian National Team in four events at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championship, helping her country to a fourth-place finish in the medal count.

The Canadian swimmer will be allowed to compete for Iowa immediately under NCAA rules. She will be the third Olympian on the Black and Gold men's and women's squads next season, joining sophomore Heather Arseth and incoming freshman Roman Trussov, who will compete for Mauritius and Kazakhstan, respectively, in this summer's games.

— by Tom Clos

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