14 Hawkeyes Head to U.S. Open Championships

July 29, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Fourteen University of Iowa swimmers will compete at the U.S. Open Championships from July 30 to Aug. 3 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.

“It is exciting to take the Hawkeyes to one of the premier swimming competitions in the world,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It is a continued expectation that our athletes compete at the highest levels. We’re looking forward to outstanding racing this week.”

The U.S. Open field is comprised of American and international athletes competing for club teams, and is contended in an Olympic-sized pool.

From the men’s team, seniors Manuel Belzer (Mainz, Germany), Tyler Lentz (Reedsburg, Wis.), Andrew Marciniak (Gilbert, Ariz.), and Dustin Rhoads (Ames, Iowa), juniors Grant Betulius (Naperville, Ill.), Brian Donatelli (LaGrange, Ill.), sophomores Matthew Boyd (Clinton, Iowa), Mike Nelson (Tempe, Ariz.), Quillan Oak (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), and Andrew Parker (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) will all compete at the meet.

On the women’s side, seniors Emily Hovren (Normal, Ill.) and Karolina Wartalowicz (Oswego, Ill.) will be joined by junior Becky Stoughton (Peoria, Ill.) and sophomore Olivia Kabacinski (La Porte, Ind.) will represent the Hawkeyes.

Betulius, Nelson, and Hovren will compete in their second national event of the summer, as the trio swam at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships last month in Indianapolis. Betulius and Nelson both advanced to the finals, finishing 16th in the 50-meter backstroke in 26.17 seconds and 13th in the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.71 seconds, respectively.

Below is a complete run down of the Hawkeyes competing at the U.S. Open Championships.

Men’s Team
Manuel Belzer – 400 freestyle, 1,500 freestyle
Grant Betulius – 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly
Matthew Boyd – 200 backstroke
Brian Donatelli – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle
Tyler Lentz – 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 butterfly
Andrew Marciniak – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
Mike Nelson – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
Quillan Oak – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
Andrew Parker – 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke
Dustin Rhoads – 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke

Women’s Team
Emily Hovren – 200 IM
Olivia Kabacinski – 100 breaststroke
Becky Stoughton – 400 freestyle
Karolina Wartalowicz – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke