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The University of Iowa women's swimming and diving team returns to action this weekend at the Northwestern Invitational in Evanston, Ill., inside the Norris Aquatics Center. The two-day event will be a three-session dual format with sessions held at 5 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Fans can follow the action live at http://results.teamunify.com/isnasa.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The two-day Northwestern Invitational will be an all timed final event. The four-team competition will conclude Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Missouri State. The Hawkeyes will swim duals against Notre Dame and Missouri State.
The Hawkeyes posted a 161-122 victory over Northwestern on Jan. 26 inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. Iowa won 10 events to post its fourth dual win of the season.
The Hawkeyes dominated the 100 free and 100 breast events in the dual against Northwestern on Jan. 26. Senior Jordan Huff took the victory in the 100 free (45.18), while teammates sophomore Brian Donatelli was second (45.69), and freshman David Ernstsson was third (45.77). Sophomore Korey Schneider finished first in the 100 breast with an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 55.07. Freshman Roman Trussov placed second in the event (55.29), also posting an NCAA `B' cut, and junior Andrew Marciniak finished third (55.69).
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 20th in the Collegeswimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll that was released Jan. 23. The Hawkeyes are one of seven Big Ten schools in the rankings, along with Michigan (t1), Indiana (8), Ohio State (10), Minnesota (15), Purdue (18), and Penn State (19).
Iowa is also 17th in the Endless Pools/Collegeswimming.com Top-25. The top 25 are ranked according on the basis of each team's highest-scoring meet over the previous four weeks.
DIVING TO 2 PRS
Freshman diver Addison Boschult posted two personal-best scores in the 1 and 3-meter springboard events in the double-dual against Indiana and Ohio State on Jan. 19. The Omaha, Neb., native finished seventh in the 1-meter (325.13) and ninth in the 3-meter (341.78). Both are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks. Boschult's 1-meter score is eighth-best in school history, while the 3-meter ranks ninth.
IOWA TIMES IN THE DIVISION I RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes rank among the top-30 nationally in 11 events:
9th - 100 back (46.97) - Grant Betulius
11th - 400 medley relay (3:12.71) - Betulius, Trussov, Butler, Huff
14th - 200 breast (1:56.76) - Roman Trussov
15th - 200 medley relay (1:27.81) - Betulius, Trussov, Butler, Ernstsson
15th - 800 free relay (6:32.75) - Huff, Ernstsson, Betulius, Weigand
17th - 100 breast (53.60) - Roman Trussov
18th - 400 free relay (2:57.15) - Ernstsson, Huff, Donatelli, Betulius
25th - 200 back (1:43.97) - Byron Butler
25th - 100 fly (47.48) - Byron Butler
27th - 200 free relay (1:20.55) - Donatelli, Huff, Betulius, Sesto
27th - 100 back (47.62) - Byron Butler
TRUSSOV COMPETES AT SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
University of Iowa freshman Roman Trussov posted a pair of top-40 finishes at the Short Course World Championships in Turkey last month. The Kazakhstan native posted a 22nd place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:10.86) and was 39th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.50).
HAWKEYES TAKE DOWN 3 SCHOOL RECORDS AT HAWKEYE INVITATIONAL
Iowa broke three school records during the 2012 Hawkeye Invitational. Freshman Roman Trussov swam to records in the 100 breast and 200 breast, posting times of 53.60 and 1:56.76, respectively. He broke Dragos Agache's 100 time of 53.77, which had stood since 2007, and teammate Andrew Marciniak's 200 time of 1:57.88, which was set last season.
Sophomore Grant Betulius broke his own record in the 100 backstroke, touching out in 46.97 seconds. The Naperville, Ill., native is the first Hawkeye back stroker to break the 47-second mark.
NCAA "B" QUALIFYING MARKS
Iowa has posted NCAA "B" cut qualifying times in 10 swimming events and in the platform diving thus far during the 2012-13 season. Senior Jordan Huff (1:37.32) and freshman David Ernstsson (1:37.68) have qualifying times in the 200 free, and junior Manuel Belzer's time of 4:24.68 is a qualifying standard in the 500 free. Sophomore Grant Betulius (46.97/1:45.64)) and senior Byron Butler (47.62/1:43.97) have times in the 100 and 200 back. Butler also has a "B" time in the 100 fly (47.48). Freshman Roman Trussov (53.60/1:56.76) and junior Andrew Marciniak (54.88/1:59.17) have qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 breast, while sophomore Korey Schneider has `B' time in the 100 breast (55.07). Junior Tyler Lentz has "B" times in the 200 (1:48.76) and 400 (3:54.36) IM, and the 400 medley relay consisting of Betulius, Trussov, Butler and Huff have a provisional time of 3:12.71. Freshman diver Addison Boschult also has a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying point total in the platform (315.00), 1-meter (325.13) and 3-meter (341.78).
BUTLER JUST OFF SCHOOL RECORD TIMES
Senior Byron Butler ranks second in Iowa history in three events. The New Berlin, Wis., native has posted personal bests in the 100 back (47.62), 200 back (1:43.97) and 100 fly (47.48) as a senior.
BOSCHULT DIVES TO THIRD PLACE FINISH IN PLATFORM
Freshman Addison Boschult dove to a third place finish in the platform competition at the Hawkeye Invitational. Competing in the event for the first time in his career, Boschult finished with a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score of 315.00. The mark is the third best in school history.
B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Freshman Roman Trussov was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 6, after posting two first, one second and one fifth place finish in Iowa's dual meet at 13th-ranked Minnesota on Nov. 2. Trussov took first place in the 100 breast (55.08) and 200 breast (2:00.60) and finished second in the 200 medley relay (1:29.93). Trussov is the first Hawkeye men's swimmer to receive the honor.
Twelve Hawkeyes competed in the 2012 U.S Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. The men's team returns eight of these qualifiers -- Grant Betulius, Byron Butler, Brian Donatelli, Jordan Huff, Tyler Lentz, Andrew Marciniak, Dustin Rhoads, Gianni Sesto and Mike Vinyard. Returnee Manuel Belzer qualified internationally. Belzer competed at the German Trials. Roman Trussov, a freshman, swam in the 100 and 200 breast for his native Kazakhstan.
HEAD COACH Marc Long
Marc Long is in his ninth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It's his eighth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 54 school records have fallen and 93 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is home for the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
The Hawkeyes return home on Feb. 8 to host Western Illinois in its Senior Night meet inside the CRWC Pool. The dual is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (CT).