March 13, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Six University of Iowa men’s swimmers have been selected to compete in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, it was released Wednesday by the NCAA.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to compete in one of the world’s fastest meets,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our program. It is extremely competitive to even be invited to this championship.”
Seniors Byron Butler and Jordan Huff, junior Andrew Marciniak, sophomore Grant Betulius and freshmen David Ernstsson and Roman Trussov will represent the Hawkeyes. Betulius and Trussov will compete individually, while the remaining four individuals will swim in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Betulius, a native of Naperville, Ill., enters the championship with the 19th fastest time in the country in the 100 backstroke (46.70). He also has the 36th-best time in the 200 back stroke (1:43.65).
Trussov, a Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, native, ranks 28th nationally in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.84), while also having the 37th-best time in the 100 breaststroke (53.60).
The Hawkeyes posted automatic qualifying times in the relays at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, finishing with times of 1:25.82 in the 200-medley relay and 3:10.18 in the 400-medley relay.
Iowa currently has the 16th-best time nationally in the 200-medley relay and the 18th best time in the 400-medley relay.
Huff will be making his third-straight NCAA Championship appearance, as he earned honorable mention All-America honors in each of the past two seasons. Butler, Marciniak and Ernstsson will each be making their NCAA debuts.
A total of 270 participants (235 swimmers and 35 divers) will compete in the championships. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.