Feb. 25, 2010
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COLUMBUS, OH- The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team finished its second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships. After two days of competition the team is tied for seventh place with Northwestern. The Hawkeyes have scored 87 points.
Sophomore Paul Gordon started off the second day of finals with the 500 free. He advanced to finals with a personal best time of 4:22.55 and placed 12th with a time of 4:23.17. Junior Sean Hagan had a fantastic swim in the 200 IM. He placed 14th with a time of 1:47.73, which sets a new Iowa school record. Hagan broke former Iowa swimmer John Davey’s record of 1:48.02 that was set in 1988. Freshman Donny Warren also swam the event placing 22nd with a personal best time of 1:51.30.
The Hawkeyes had three swimmers place in the 50 free. Sophomore Ryan Phelan placed 12th with a season best time of 20.34. Sophomore Duncan Partridge finished right behind Phelan for 13th place. He posted a season best time of 20.40. Freshman Jordan Huff recorded a collegiate best time of 20.74 for 24th place.
Iowa concluded the second day of competition with school record breaking time in the 400 medley relay. The team of junior Max Dittmer, senior Matt Ryan, Gordon and Partridge recorded a time of 3:15.37 for eighth-place. The previous school record was set in 1995 with a time of 3:15.86.
Senior diver Frank Van Dijkuizen finished in 17th place with a time of 278.90.
“Our team is racing hard, breaking school records, and putting themselves in scoring positions,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “It’s an exciting step in our overall rebuilding process. There’s a lot of racing left at this meet and we need to crank up the intensity to keep up our progress.”
The Hawkeyes will continue the competition tomorrow with prelims starting at 11 a.m. (CT) and finals will start at 6:00 (CT).