Feb. 23, 2011
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Minneapolis–The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team competed at the first day of the 2011 Big Ten Championship held on the University of Minnesota campus. The Hawkeyes set two school records and are in seventh-place with 46 points after one night of competition.
To open the Championships, the 200 medley relay team of Dustin Rhoads, Sean Hagan, Paul Gordon and Ryan Phelan set a new school record with a time of 1:28.45, which earned a ninth-place finish. The previous record was set at last year’s Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:29.02.
Following the 200 medley relay, the Hawkeyes competed in the 800 free relay. The quartet of Gordon, Jordan Huff, Duncan Partridge and Max Dittmer recorded a new school record after touching the wall in 6:27.36. The team posted a fifth-place finish in the event. The previous record was set in 2010 with a time of 6:27.66.
Gordon led off tonight’s 800 free relay and posted a collegiate best time of 1:34.85 in the 200 free, which ranks second on Iowa’s all-time top performers.
The Hawkeyes will return to the pool tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m.