Jan. 23, 2010
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EVANSTON, IL- The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team traveled to Evanston, IL to face the Northwestern Wildcats. After an exciting and close battle the Hawkeyes came out on top. Iowa beat Big Ten rival Northwestern 149.5-144.5.
Iowa started off the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of junior Max Dittmer, senior Matt Ryan, freshman Byron Butler and sophomore Duncan Partridge posted a time of 1:32.34. Sophomore Paul Gordon and freshman Jordan Huff continued the meet with first and second place finishes in the 200 free. Gordon earned first place with a time of 1:38.53 and Huff came in second at 1:40.69.
Dittmer continued the winning spirit with a win in the 100 back. He posted a season best time of 50.36 to win the event. Butler finished right behind for second place with a collegiate best time of 50.58. Sophomore Ryan Phelan and Partridge also finished first and second in the 50 free. Phelan earned the first place title with a season best of 20.44.
Gordon captured his second individual first place finish in the 100 free. He put together a good race that earned him a collegiate best time of 45.01. Butler took the top spot in the 200 back with a collegiate best time of 1:49.50. Dittmer came in second with a season best time of 1:50.52.
The meet had a close score so the Hawkeyes needed to end the meet with a strong finish in the 400 free relay to be sure of a win and the team did just that. Iowa finished first and second in the event. The team of Huff, junior Richard Salhus, Phelan and Gordon won the event with a time of 3:02.31. Iowa’s “B” relay came in close behind with a time of 3:04.50.
The Iowa divers had a solid day of diving that helped contribute to the teams’ victory over Northwestern. Senior Frank Van Dijkhuizen placed second in the 3-meter diving with score of 286.50. Senior Mike Gilligan finished third with a score of 254.85. The two divers went on to compete in the 1-meter diving event. Gilligan claimed first place with a score 314.40 while Van Dijkhuizen earned second with a score of 313.58