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No. 21 Hawkeyes Fall to Northwestern in B1G Dual
Iowa drops close dual to Wildcats on final event of the afternoon
Dustin Rhoads recorded two individual victories, along with one relay win for the Hawkeyes.
Dustin Rhoads recorded two individual victories, along with one relay win for the Hawkeyes.
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Jan. 25, 2014

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    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.

    In the 100-free, the Hawkeyes finished 2-3-4 as David Ernstsson (46.11), Gianni Sesto (46.23), and Holliday (46.32) all finished within .21 of each other.

    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.

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