Jan. 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa– The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving swept the competition at the Shamrock Invitational. After two days of competition spread out into three sessions, the Hawkeyes beat host Notre Dame (194-174) and Denver (229-129).
“It was a gutsy, hard racing win for the men’s team,” said Head Coach Marc Long. “We’re looking forward to next week’s senior meet and the upcoming Championship season.”
The Hawkeyes started the last session of the invitational with the 1,650 free. Freshman Manuel Belzer earned the Hawkeyes first victory of the night. Belzer posted a time of 15:52.87. Sophomore Patrick Weigand finished fifth in the event with a time of 15:59.93.
The Iowa men’s next first-place finish came from sophomore Byron Butler in the 200 back. Butler finished first in the event in 1:47.34, which is a season best time for him. Senior teammate Max Dittmer finished fourth in the event (1:49.73).
Juniors Paul Gordon and Duncan Partridge finished second and third in the 100 free with times of 44.80 and 44.95, respectively. Sophomore Jordan Huff finished seventh in the event with a time of 46.18. Sophomore Mitch Taylor and junior Ryan Phelan finished 10th (46.37) and 11th (46.42), respectively.
In the last individual event of the night, Butler took the top-spot in the 200 fly. Butler recorded a collegiate best time of 1:49.36 for first-place. Freshman Tyler Lentz finished in sixth-place with a time of 1:52.05.
Freshman diver Osvel Molina competed in the 3-meter diving event. Molina scored 322.90 points for fifth- place and a new collegiate best score.
At the conclusion of the day’s competition the Iowa men posted a first-place finish in the 400 free relay. Huff, Phelan, Gordon and Partridge finished the race in 2:29.18 to take the top-spot.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday Feb. 4 when they host Western Illinois for the last home meet of the season. The meet is also the Hawkeyes last dual meet before the Big Ten Championships Feb. 23-26. The event is set to start at 6 p.m. (CT)