Nov. 21, 2009
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IOWA CITY, IA- The University of Iowa men’s swim team finished its second day of competition at the Hawkeye Invitational. After two days of competition Iowa continues to lead with 1000 points. Coming in behind Iowa are Truman State (426), South Dakota State (398) and Western Illinois (294).
The Hawkeye men started the second day of the finals competition on a positive note. Iowa took first and second place in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of freshman Byron Butler, senior Matt Ryan, sophomore Paul Gordon and sophomore Ryan Phelan took the first place spot with a time of 1:32.39. Iowa’s “B” relay came in close behind for a second-place finish (1:34.44).
Iowa continued the winning streak by taking the top three spots in the 400 IM. Freshman Donny Warren took first-place with a time of 4:01.29. Freshman Andy Ahlberg placed second (4:06.39), while sophomore Brian Tremml placed third (4:06.89). Sophomore Paul Gordon won the 100 fly with a time of 49.36. Junior Richard Salhus took second-place in the 100 fly and swam a collegiate best time of 49.92. The Hawkeyes dominated the 200 free, placing seven out of eight swimmers in the final heat of the event. Freshman Jordan Huff earned the top spot with a time of 1:39.26, which was a collegiate best time for him. Senior Jake Moore finished behind Huff in second place at 1:42.46. Iowa also had swimmers finish third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth in the event.
Ryan won the 100 breast and swam a season best time of 57.51. Iowa took the top four spots in the 100 back. Butler placed first and earned a collegiate best time of 50.61. Warren came in behind Butler for second place (52.12), while junior Bryan Hill came in third (53.00) and Freshman Mitch Taylor finishing fourth (53.61). The Hawkeye men concluded the meet by leaving the other teams behind to eat their bubbles in the 800 free relay. The team of Gordon, Huff, freshman Patrick Weigand and Moore won the heat by over ten seconds with a time of 6:50.38. Iowa’s “B” team came in second with a time of 7:01.36.
“This has been a fun meet,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “It’s been loud. It’s a great chance for the athletes to swim their best. Each day is getting a little faster so we’re excited for tomorrow for another opportunity to swim fast.”
The competition will wrap up tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 4 p.m.