Nov. 18, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa. — The 10th ranked University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team hosted 17th ranked Purdue and No. 11 Ohio State in a triple dual format Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. The Hawkeyes beat Purdue 155-145, but fell to Ohio State 163-137.
The Hawkeyes kicked off the Big Ten showdown with the 200 medley relay. It was a tight race between Iowa and Ohio State. The Buckeyes were able to edge out the Hawkeyes to win the event with a time of 1:29.12. Iowa’s squad of Dustin Rhoads, Duncan Partridge, Byron Butler and Ryan Phelan came in second with a time of 1:29.83.
Iowa’s Manuel Belzer and Ohio State’s Alex Miller battled it out in the 1,000 free. The two swimmers were neck-in-neck throughout the entire race but coming off the last flip-turn Belzer pulled ahead to win the event. Belzer finished with a time of 9:12.29, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Belzer went on to post a first place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:49.62.
Last season’s Big Ten Runner up in the 50 free, Ryan Phelan set a pool record in the event with a time of 19.88. Phelan previously held the record with a time of 19.90, which he set Nov. 4 at Iowa’s win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Phelan has set the pool record in the event at every meet so far this season.
Paul Gordon posted an individual first place finish in the 200 free. Gordon touched the wall first with a time of 1:36.85. Later on in the competition, Gordon earned his second individual finish in the 100 free. Gordon touched the wall first in 44.49 seconds. Partridge came in second in the event with a time of 44.88.
Sophomore diver Osvel Molina recorded a second place finish on the one-meter board against Purdue divers, while he placed third against Ohio State with a score of 299.70. He went on to place fourth against Purdue and Ohio State on the three-meter (294.00).
Going into the final event of the night, the Hawkeyes led Purdue by only four points. Iowa’s 400 relay squad of Partridge, Phelan, Huff and Gordon battled it out with Purdue’s `A’ relay. All four swimmers were neck-and-neck each length but anchor Gordon pulled ahead the last 25 yards to beat the Boilermakers and seal the win.
The Hawkeyes return to the pool Dec. 2-4 when they host the Hawkeye Invitational. The meet will run as championship style meet with prelims/finals. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and finals will start at 6 p.m.