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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team swam an NCAA `A’ qualifying time in the 400-medley relay final during the second day of the Big Ten Championships.
The Hawkeye quartet of sophomore Grant Betulius, freshman Roman Trussov and seniors Byron Butler and Jordan Huff posted an NCAA `A’ qualifying time of 3:10.18 to collect a third place finish. Betulius broke the 100 back school record leading off the relay (46.76). The squad’s time is a Hawkeye school record.
Sophomore Brian Donatelli sprinted to the wall in the 50 free “C” final, touching out in 20.36 seconds to finish 19th overall. Freshman David Ernstsson and junior Gianni Sesto finished 23rd (20.55) and 24th (20.63), respectively, in the event.
The Hawkeyes collected two individual NCAA `B’ cuts during day two of the championships. Junior Tyler Lentz collected an NCAA `B’ time when he won the 200 IM “C” final. The Reedsburg, Wis., native swam a time of 1:46.15 to better his own record, which ranks first in Iowa history. Lentz finished 17th in the event.
Junior Manuel Belzer, meanwhile, swam an NCAA `B’ cut time in the 500 free “C” final, posting a time of 4:23.74 to finish 19th overall.
Iowa currently sits in seventh place with 86 points after two days of the championships. Michigan holds the team lead with 316 points, followed by Indiana (237) and Ohio State (170) in second and third place, respectively.
The championships resume with preliminaries Friday morning beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) followed by finals at 6:30 p.m.