Records Continue To Fall At Big Ten Championships

Feb. 24, 2011

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Minneapolis — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team set two more school records at the Big Ten Championships in the 200-IM and 400-medley relay. The Hawkeyes are currently in eighth-place with 87.5 points after two days of competition.

Junior Ryan Phelan had Iowa’s highest finish of the night. Phelan was Big Ten runner up in the 50-free with a time of 19.75. He finished behind Minnesota’s first-place finisher Michael Richards (19.19). Phelan’s time marks a collegiate best, which ranks third overall on Iowa’s all-time top performers list and also was an NCAA `B’ cut time.

The Hawkeyes had another swimmer go 19 seconds in the 50-free. Duncan Partridge recorded a 10th place finish in the event with a collegiate best time of 19.99, which ranks fifth in school history.

Freshman Manuel Belzer kicked off his first Big Ten Championships with the 500-free. Belzer swam a collegiate best time of 4:23.71, which is an NCAA `B’ cut and placed 17th in the event.

Following the 500-free, freshmen Tyler Lentz set the school record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:47.51, placing 17th. The previous record was set last year by senior Sean Hagan with a time of 1:47.73. Lentz’s time marked another NCAA `B’ qualifying cut for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes wrapped up the second day of competition with the 400-medley relay. Dustin Rhoads, Hagan, Gordon and Partridge teamed up for the relay and set a new school record with a time of 3:14.12. Hagan had a fantastic split of 54.34 in the 100-breast leg of the relay and Gordon followed that up with a split of 46.40 in the 100-fly leg. The previous record was set in 2010 with a time of 3:15.37.

Iowa will continue competition at the Big Ten Championships tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m.