Feb. 25, 2011
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Minneapolis – The University of Iowa men’s swimming team broke its fifth straight school record at the Big Ten Championships being held on the University of Minnesota campus Friday night. After three days of competition the Hawkeyes are in eighth-place with 150.5 points.
Freshman Kyle Noser kicked off the third day of competition with the 400-IM. Noser recorded a 16th place finish with a time of 3:54.02. He went 3:52.57 in the morning at prelims for a collegiate best time. Freshman teammate Tyler Lentz also posted a collegiate best time of 3:53.5, placing 17th in the event.
Following the 400-IM, sophomore Byron Butler swam a collegiate best time of 48.15 in the 100-fly for a 17th place finish. Butler’s time ranks fourth overall on Iowa’s all-time performers list.
Junior Paul Gordon had Iowa’s highest individual finish of the night. Gordon was the third swimmer to touch the wall in the 200-free with a time of 1:35.46. Sophomore Jordan Huff took seventh in the event with a time of 1:37.09. Huff’s prelims time of 1:36.15 marks a best time for him and ranks fourth in school history.
Senior Sean Hagan posted a 15th place finish in the 100-breast with a time of 55.35. Dustin Rhoads and Max Dittmer followed that up with 17th and 22nd place finishes in the 100-back with times of 49.26 and 49.76, respectively.
The Hawkeyes finished out the third day of the Big Ten Championships with a record-setting time in the 200-free relay. Ryan Phelan, Duncan Partridge, Gordon and Huff touched the wall in third-place with a school record-setting time of 1:18.28. The previous record was set in 1993 with a time of 1:18.95.
Iowa will conclude the Big Ten Championships tomorrow with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m.