Feb. 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Iowa men's swimming and diving team posted two times that rank fourth-best in program history Thursday night. The times came during the finals of day two of the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The Hawkeyes currently sit in ninth place with 68 points, while defending national champion Michigan leads the team standings with 308 points.
"Tomorrow is a strong day for us," said UI head coach Marc Long. "We are excited for some great performances."
The Hawkeyes received a pair of great performances Thursday evening from freshman Nick Zito, and the 400-medley relay. Zito swam to the fourth-fastest time in program history during the finals of the 200 IM when he touched out in 1:47.88. The time marks a new season best for Zito, as well as an NCAA `B' cut time.
In Thursday's final event, the 400-medley relay, the Hawkeyes swam to the fourth-best time in school history when they finished in seventh, touching the wall in 3:11.15. The quartet of junior Grant Betulius and seniors Andrew Marciniak, Dustin Rhoads, and Gianni Sesto teamed up to record the time, which qualifies for NCAA `B' cut consideration.
Iowa also placed three members into the C final of the 50 freestyle, with sophomore Charles Holliday (20.28), Sesto (20.45), and freshman Jackson Halsmer (20.63) all representing the Hawkeyes in the finals.
The team returns to the pool Friday morning with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals slated to start at 6:30 p.m.