Jan. 16, 2013
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After a month layoff, the University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team returns to action Saturday facing No. 6 Ohio State and No. 10 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The double dual will begin at 10 a.m. (CT) inside the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, the site of the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
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The Hawkeyes posted a pair of dual victories, running its record to 3-1 this season, with a 60-37 victory over Colorado College and a 60-33 win over Austin College on Dec. 17 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Iowa was in Colorado training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center from Dec. 16-21.
IN THE RANKINGS
Iowa is ranked 18th in the Collegeswimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Poll that was released Dec. 5. Iowa is one of six Big Ten schools in the rankings, along with Michigan (1), Ohio State (6), Indiana (10), Minnesota (11) and Penn State (t20).
IOWA TIMES IN THE DIVISION I RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes rank among the top-30 nationally in 11 events:
9th – 100 back (46.97) – Grant Betulius
11th – 400 medley relay (3:12.71) – Betulius, Trussov, Butler, Huff
13th – 200 breast (1:56.76) – Roman Trussov
14th – 200 medley relay (1:27.81) – Betulius, Trussov, Butler, Ernstsson
15th – 800 free relay (6:32.75) – Huff, Ernstsson, Betulius, Weigand
15th – 100 breast (53.60) – Roman Trussov
18th – 400 free relay (2:57.15) – Ernstsson, Huff, Donatelli, Betulius
24th – 200 free relay (1:20.55) – Donatelli, Huff, Betulius, Sesto
25th – 200 back (1:43.97) – Byron Butler
25th – 100 fly (47.48) – Byron Butler
27th – 100 back (47.62) – Byron Butler
WAIKEL RETURNS TO BLOOMINGTON
UI diving coach Todd Waikel will return to his old stomping grounds on Saturday. Waikel spent the last seven seasons as an assistant diving coach for the Hoosiers, where he helped Indiana win five Big Ten titles and post three top-10 NCAA finishes.
TRUSSOV COMPETES AT SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
University of Iowa freshman Roman Trussov posted a pair of top-40 finishes at the Short Course World Championships in Turkey last month. The Kazakhstan native posted a 22nd place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:10.86) and was 39th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.50).
HAWKEYES TAKE DOWN 3 SCHOOL RECORDS AT HAWKEYE INVITATIONAL
Iowa broke three school records during the 2012 Hawkeye Invitational. Freshman Roman Trussov swam to records in the 100 breast and 200 breast, posting times of 53.60 and 1:56.76, respectively. He broke Dragos Agache’s 100 time of 53.77, which had stood since 2007, and teammate Andrew Marciniak’s 200 time of 1:57.88, which was set last season.
Sophomore Grant Betulius broke his own record in the 100 backstroke, touching out in 46.97 seconds. The Naperville, Ill., native is the first Hawkeye back stroker to break the 47-second mark.
NCAA “B” QUALIFYING MARKS
Iowa has posted NCAA “B” cut qualifying times in 10 swimming events and in the platform diving thus far during the 2012-13 season. Senior Jordan Huff (1:37.32) and freshman David Ernstsson (1:37.68) have qualifying times in the 200 free, and junior Manuel Belzer’s time of 4:24.68 is a qualifying standard in the 500 free. Sophomore Grant Betulius (46.97/1:45.64)) and senior Byron Butler (47.62/1:43.97) have times in the 100 and 200 back. Butler also has a “B” time in the 100 fly (47.48). Freshman Roman Trussov (53.60/1:56.76) and junior Andrew Marciniak (54.88/1:59.17) have qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 breast. Junior Tyler Lentz has “B” times in the 200 (1:48.76) and 400 (3:54.36) IM, and the 400 medley relay consisting of Betulius, Trussov, Butler and Huff have a provisional time of 3:12.71. Freshman diver Addison Boschult also has a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying point total in the platform (315.00).
BUTLER JUST OFF SCHOOL RECORD TIMES
Senior Byron Butler ranks second in Iowa history in three events. The New Berlin, Wis., native has posted personal bests in the 100 back (47.62), 200 back (1:43.97) and 100 fly (47.48) as a senior.
BOSCHULT DIVES TO THIRD PLACE FINISH IN PLATFORM
Freshman Addison Boschult dove to a third place finish in the platform competition at the Hawkeye Invitational. Competing in the event for the first time in his career, Boschult finished with a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score of 315.00. The mark is the third best in school history.
B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Freshman Roman Trussov was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 6, after posting two first, one second and one fifth place finish in Iowa’s dual meet at 13th-ranked Minnesota on Nov. 2. Trussov took first place in the 100 breast (55.08) and 200 breast (2:00.60) and finished second in the 200 medley relay (1:29.93). Trussov is the first Hawkeye men’s swimmer to receive the honor.
UI 200 MEDLEY RELAY BREAKS POOL RECORD
The Iowa 200 medley relay consisting of Dustin Rhoads, Korey Schneider, Grant Betulius and Jordan Huff broke a three-year old pool record at Michigan State’s McCaffree Pool on Oct. 19.
The men’s squad returns senior Jordan Huff and junior Gianni Sesto who earned All-America recognition last season. Huff earned honorable mention All-America honors as a part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, while Sesto was an honorable mention All-American in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.
The Hawkeyes are coming off the 2011-12 season where they captured two relay titles and finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships, their highest finish in 16 years. Iowa won the relay titles in the 200 free (1:17.61) and 400 free (2:52.53) — the first Big Ten title since 1995.
HEAD COACH Marc Long
Marc Long is in his ninth season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming team. It’s his eighth as head coach of the combined program. During his tenure as head coach of both programs, 54 school records have fallen and 93 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
Ground was broken for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in October 2007. The facility opened in August 2010 and is home for the Hawkeyes. It is located at the corner of Burlington and Madison streets and cost approximately $69 million. The facility includes a 50-meter competition pool, a separate diving well, a leisure pool with lap lanes and 24,000 square feet of fitness space.
IOWA SWIMMING AND DIVING TRADITION
Iowa was one of the first schools in the nation to compete on a collegiate level and competed at the first NCAA Championship. From 1937 to 1960, Iowa placed in the NCAA top 10 18 times, crowning nine NCAA and 22 Big Ten champions.
The Hawkeyes will return to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool on Jan. 26 when they host Northwestern beginning at 11 a.m. (CT).