Oct. 19, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team posted a 185-108 victory over Michigan State in its regular season opener Friday night at McCaffree Pool at IM West. The Hawkeyes won 10 events to improve to 1-0 on the season.
“It’s great to see a race after several months of hard training,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “Although it’s early on in the season, it’s great to walk away with a Big Ten win.”
Dustin Rhoads, Korey Schneider, Grant Betulius and Jordan Huff kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:30.02). This time breaks the pool record of 1:30.37, a 53-year old facility.
Huff followed with a pair of first place finishes in the 100 and 200 free. He swam the top time in the 100 in 45.49 seconds before winning the 200 free in 1:39.62.
Junior Manuel Belzer posted a victory in the 1,000 free, swimming a time of 9:35.96, while senior Patrick Weigand was the runner-up in 9:40.09. Betulius followed with his second victory of the meet, touching the wall in 49.30 to finish first in the 100 back.
Sophomore Brian Donatelli claimed two event victories in the meet. He sprinted to the 50 free title with a time of 27.79 before being winning the 400 free relay along with junior Gianni Sesto, freshman Luke Snow and Huff with a time of 20.79.
Freshman Roman Trussov posted two first place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast. Trussov posted the top time in the 100 breast in 55.73, edging out teammates Korey Schneider (56.05) and junior Andrew Marciniak (57.43). Trussov completed the breast stroke sweep by winning the 200 in 2:04.46.
Weigand then won the 500 free with a time of 4:37.45, edging teammate Max Behles who was second at 4:43.23.
Freshman Addison Boschult paced the Hawkeye divers, posting a pair of top-two finishes. Boschult won the 3-meter springboard with a mark of 289.95, while finishing as the runner-up in the 1-meter with 246.29 points.
The Hawkeyes return to action Nov. 2 when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the Golden Gophers. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m. (CT).