Jan. 25, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 21 University of Iowa men's swimming and diving team dropped a closely contested Big Ten dual at Northwestern, 151-149, on Saturday afternoon in the Norris Aquatics Center. The Hawkeyes, who won seven individual events on the afternoon, were in a position to win until the final event of the dual.
Iowa started the dual strong by taking the first event of the afternoon, the 200-medley relay. The quartet of junior Grant Betulius, sophomore Roman Trussov, senior Dustin Rhoads, and sophomore Charles Holliday finished in 1:29.47 to get the Hawkeyes started.
Rhoads would go on to pace Iowa on the afternoon, posting two more individual victories. In the 100-back, the Ames, Iowa, native touched out in 48.25 seconds, an NCAA `B' cut, to take the top time, while also claiming the 200-back in 1:47.32.
The Hawkeyes dominated the breaststroke events, finishing first in both the 100 and 200-breast. Trussov achieved an NCAA `B' cut when he touched out in 55.14 to win the 100-breast, while finishing second in the 200-breast (2:02.11).
Freshman Nick Zito won the 200-breast title, finishing in 2:00.76. Zito would continue his winning ways when he captured the 200-IM in 1:51.95. Zito was also part of a 1-2-3 finish in the event, as senior Tyler Lentz (1:52.45) and senior Kyle Noser (1:52.98) all scored points for the Hawkeyes.
Junior Chris Freeman posted the final Hawkeye victory when he touched out in 1:52.41 to claim the 200-fly, while Lentz finished just behind him in 1:52.53.
Sophomore Addison Boschult led the Hawkeyes in the diving well, taking second in the 1-meter springboard (296.32) and third in the 3-meter competition (310.20).
The meet, which was close throughout the duration of the meet, came down to the final event, the 400- freestyle relay. The Wildcats claimed the top two spots in the event, with .39 seconds separating first and third, to secure the two-point victory.
The Hawkeyes travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The invitational will take place from Jan. 31-Feb. 1 inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center.