Jan. 29, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa– The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team competed in the second session of the Shamrock Invitational Saturday morning. The meet is scored as a dual meet against all participating teams. Going into today’s session, the Hawkeyes were ahead of Notre Dame and Denver. The invitational will wrap-up later this afternoon in the final session.
Opening the meet with the 200 medley relay, the Hawkeye men earned their first win of the day. Dustin Rhoads, senior Sean Hagan and juniors Paul Gordon and Ryan Phelan teamed up for the event. The relay team posted Iowa’s first victory of the session with a time of 1:31.22. Iowa’s `B’ relay finished in fourth (1:32.68).
Following the relays, freshman Tyler Lentz swam the 400 IM for the first time this season. Lentz finished ninth in the event with a time of 4:04.63. Sophomore Donny Warren placed 12th in the event (4:06.24).
Gordon recorded Iowa’s first individual first-place finish of the morning in the 100 fly. Gordon touched the wall first in 49.22. Sophomore Byron Butler came in a close second-place with a time of 49.25. Sophomore Mitch Taylor finished fifth in the event (50.54).
Hagan had a close race in the 100 breast and touched the wall in third-place with a time of 56.72. In the next event, Rhoads, Butler and senior Max Dittmer finished third, fourth and fifth in the 100 back with times of 50.12, 50.22 and 50.60, respectively.
Finishing up the second session with an exciting 800 free relay, the Hawkeye men earned their second relay win of the morning. Gordon, junior Duncan Partridge, Behles and Huff touched the wall first with a time of 6:39.69, which set a new pool record at Notre Dame Aquatic Center. The previous record was set by Michigan State on Dec. 1, 2000.