Feb. 27, 2010
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COLUMBUS, OH- The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the Big Ten Championships. After four days of competition the Hawkeyes placed sixth overall. Iowa’s sixth-place performance was the its best Big Ten Championships finish since the 1996 team placed fifth. The team scored 223 points.
“I’m proud of the team and the outstanding racing over the Championships,” said Head Coach Marc Long> “We’re excited for the future!”
The last day of competition started off with the 200 back. Freshman Byron Butler and junior Max Dittmer represented the Hawkeyes at finals in the event. Butler had a fantastic swim at prelims with a time of 1:45.30, which set a new school record. The previous record was set in 2008 by former Iowa swimmer, Wil Whaley, with a time of 1:46.11. Butler’s time also puts him at number one on the All-Time Top Performers list in the 200 back. He placed 11th at finals. Dittmer swam a personal best time at prelims to advance him to finals. He posted a personal best time of 1:46.72, which now ranks him third on the All-Time Top Performers list in the event.
Iowa had three swimmers in the 100 free event. Sophomore Paul Gordon placed 6th at finals and swam a personal best time of 43.88 at prelims. Gordon’s time places him third overall on the All-Time Top Performers list in the 100 free. Sophomore Duncan Partridge came in not far behind Gordon for 8th place. He swam a personal best time of 44.11 at prelims. Freshman Jordan Huff placed 15th at finals. He swam a personal best time of 44.24 at prelims.
Junior Sean Hagan placed 12th at finals in the 200 breast posting a personal best time of 1:59.88. His time ranks fourth overall on the All-Time Top Performers list. Sophomore Brian Tremml swam the 200 fly at finals and placed 18th with a personal best time of 1:50.21.
The Hawkeyes finished up at Big Ten’s with the 400 free relay. The team of Gordon, Partridge, sophomore Ryan Phelan and freshman Jordon Huff posted a time of 2:56.20 for 4th place. The teams time places them fourth overall on the All-Time Top Performers list in the event.
Senior diver Mike Gilligan had a great day on the platform. He placed 10th overall with a score of 354.95. Gilligan broke his previous school record of 335.45, which he set last season.
During the four days of competition at the Big Ten Championships the Hawkeyes broke seven school records. The 800 free relay was the first record to be broken at the competition. Iowa’s Huff, Gordonn, Partridge and Brian Farris set a new school record with a time of 6:27.66. Hagan set a new school record in the 200 IM (1:47.73) and Butler set a new school record in the 200 back (1:45.30). The 200 medley relay team of Dittmer, Phelan, Gordon and Hagan recorded a time of 1:29.02 for the new record. The 400 medley relay team of Dittmer, senior Matt Ryan, Gordon and Partridge set a new school record with a time of 3:15.37 and lastly Gilligan set a new record in the platform diving event (335.45).