Dec. 7, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa men's swimming and diving team wrapped up day two of the Hawkeye Invitational with 602 points, putting them in second place.
The Hawkeyes swam to seven NCAA `B' cuts on the day to put them squarely ahead of Denver (439) and Milwaukee, while trailing only Notre Dame (870).
"There was a lot of great efforts and great racing today," said UI head coach Marc Long. "We had a lot of good energy and are ahead of our times from last year where we went on to break so many school records at Big Tens."
Junior Grant Betulius and senior Dustin Rhoads put on the best effort of the evening in the 100 back, finishing 1-2 in the event. Betulius' time of 47.04 was a season-best and NCAA `B' cut. Rhoads posted a `B' cut time of his own in the event, finishing in 47.31. This marked the second B cut time for Rhoads in the event, while Betulius earned his first `B' cut of the season.
The Hawkeye relays put forth strong efforts, finishing second in the 200-medley relay, while taking third and fifth in the 800-free relay. The 200 medley time (1:27.29), posted by the quartet of Betulius, sophomore Roman Trussov, Rhoads, and sophomore David Ernstsson, was the fourth-fastest in school history.
In the 800 free relay, the final event of the day, seniors Gianni Sesto and Manuel Belzer, freshman Kyle Gannon and Betulius raced to third (6:37.45), while the relay of sophomore Quillan Oak, freshman Jackson Halsmer, senior Max Behles, and freshman Brandon Farnum touched out in 6:46.24 to take fifth.
Iowa posted a 2-4-6 finish in the 100-breast with all three times qualifying for NCAA `B' cuts. Senior Andrew Marciniak took second with a time of 53.59, Trussov was fourth in 53.92, and Oak rounded out the A finals scoring with a sixth-place time of 54.31. Marciniak and Oak posted their first `B' cut times of the season, while Trussov bested his previous `B' cut in the event. For Marciniak, he ties his own school record in the event, which he set last season.
The Hawkeyes rounded out the `B' cuts with senior Tyler Lentz finishing fourth in the 400 IM (3:52.70), and with Ernstsson finishing in 1:37.28 during the 200-free qualifying.
Iowa concludes the three-day event Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).