Jan. 28, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa–The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team finished the first session of the Shamrock Invitational Friday night. The Hawkeyes captured first-place in all six events. The event is scored as a dual meet between all participating teams. Iowa leads host Notre Dame 68-41 and Denver 73-31 after first day of competition.
“We’re off to a good start, but there’s a lot of racing left,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “We have two intense sessions of competition tomorrow.”
The Hawkeyes kicked off the first session of the invitational with a winning statement. The quartet of juniors Paul Gordon, Ryan Phelan, Duncan Partridge and sophomore Jordan Huff posted a first-place finish in the 200 free relay, touching the wall in 1:21.44. Iowa’s `B’ relay rounded out the top-five with a time 1:24.41.
In the next event, freshman Manuel Belzer captured another first-place finish for the Hawkeyes in the 500 free. Belzer touched out Denver’s second-place finisher (4:33.94) to take the top spot with a time of 4:33.42. Freshman Charlie Hogan had a fantastic 500 free race, recording a collegiate best time of 4:34.94. He shed nearly four seconds off from his previous best time (4:38.90).
The Iowa men’s next first-place finish came from senior Max Dittmer in the 200 IM. Dittmer finished first in the event with a time of 1:51.49. Freshman Tyler Lentz finished in the top-10 in the event, placing ninth with a time of 1:53.26.
Following the 200 IM, Partridge took first-place in the 50 free, touching the wall in 20.49. Huff came in eighth in the event (21.30), while senior Richard Salhus placed 10th (21.46).
Freshman diver Osvel Molina was Iowa’s only diver at the event. He competed in the 1-meter diving event and finished in first-place. Molina scored a collegiate best score of 330.85.
The Hawkeyes concluded the first day of competition with the 400 medley relay. Freshman Dustin Rhoads, senior Sean Hagan, Gordon, and Partridge teamed-up for the event and captured Iowa’s sixth first-place finish of the night. The team finished with a time of 3:18.75.
The Shamrock Invitational will conclude tomorrow with session 2 beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) followed by session 3.