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Hawkeye Head Swim & Dive Coach On Program's Final Season

Ben Kieffer
Sage Ohlensehlen (left) and Grace Reeder (right) pose at the University of Iowa natatorium.

It survived the Great Depression and World War II. Now, the University of Iowa Swim and Dive program is slated to end after 103 years. Ben Kieffer speaks with head coach Marc Long and swimmers Sage Ohlensehlen and Grace Reeder.

It’s where the butterfly stroke was invented. It’s a program that has produced 27 Olympians and nearly 500 hundred NCAA All-Americans.

Nevertheless, due to our pandemic it is slated to end.

Recently, the University of Iowa announced its men's and women's swimming and diving program, along with the men’s gymnastics and tennis teams, will discontinue after this academic year due to financial deficits from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this River to River podcast, host Ben Kieffer gets reactions from coaches and swimmers and looks ahead to their final season.


Marc Long, head coach, men's and women's swimming and diving, University of Iowa

Sage Ohlensehlen, swimmer, University of Iowa

Grace Reeder, swimmer, University of Iowa

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River