March 23, 2012
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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The University of Iowa 200 free relay team of Ryan Phelan, Duncan Partridge, Gianni Sesto and Paul Gordon advanced to the consolation final of the event Thursday to garner Honorable Mention All-America recognition on the opening day of the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Hawkeyes finished 11th (1:18.30) among the 23 relays squads in the morning preliminaries to qualify for the evening finals. Iowa went on to place seventh in the consolation final, finishing 15th overall with a time of 1:18.96.
Phelan, Partridge, Sesto and Gordon became the fifth All-America 200 free relay team in school history. The last relay to earn the honor was in 1995 consisting of Krzysztof Cwalina, Tim Schnulle, Jim Mulligan, Rafal Szukala (1:19.02).
The Hawkeyes punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships after winning the Big Ten Title in the event with a time of (1:17.62) at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
All four Iowa swimmers also competed individually in the 50 free. In the preliminaries, Phelan (19.76) placed 25th, Gordon (19.99) 38th, Partridge (20.39) 64th and Sesto (20.55) 69th.
Gordon, Jordan Huff and Sesto will compete in the 200 free today. The preliminaries are set to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) and finals will be held at 9 p.m. (CT).
For live results visit, http://www.ncaa.com/content/real-time-men-stats.