Sept. 27, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Iowa men’s swimming & diving team dropped its season-opening dual to defending national champion Michigan, 182-110, Friday night at the Canham Natatorium.
The Hawkeyes swept the top two spots in the 200 breaststroke during the Big Ten-opening dual. Sophomore Roman Trussov, an NCAA qualifier last year in the event, was victorious with a time of 2:01.80, while freshman Nick Zito, making his collegiate debut, took second in 2:02.10.
In the 500 free, Iowa posted the second, third, and fourth spots behind defending NCAA champion Connor Jaeger of Michigan. Senior Manuel Belzer (4:35.63) was runner-up, while freshmen Kyle Gannon (4:39.29) and Peter Grumhaus (4:40.94) placed third and fourth, respectively, in their college debuts.
The Hawkeyes also took the second through fourth places in the 100 freestyle and second through fifth in the 100-backstroke. Sophomore David Ernstsson finished second with a time of 45.86 in the 100 free, while senior Gianni Sesto (46.62) and freshman Josh Gill (47.53) were third and fourth.
In the 100-back, senior Dustin Rhoads was the runner-up in 49.22 seconds, while junior Grant Betulius (50.26) and sophomores Matthew Boyd (50.91) and Andrew Parker (51.33) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Iowa had a strong showing in the 200-medley relay, tallying the second and third-place finishers. Junior Grant Betulius, senior Andrew Marciniak, Ernstsson, and Sesto finished second in 1:30.53, while senior Dustin Rhoads, sophomores Mike Nelson and Jackson Allen, and freshman Jackson Halsmer touched the wall in third in 1:31.42.
The Hawkeyes closed out the meet by posting the second-fastest time in the 400-freestyle relay when Allen, Ernstsson, Sesto and Zito touched out in 3:03.27.
Sophomore Addison Boschult posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Boschult finished with 289.65 points in the 1-meter and 323.20 points in the 3-meter.
The Hawkeyes, along with Oakland, will return to action Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT) for the second annual Michigan Water Carnival. The unique two-hour event is designed to celebrate the aquatic sports of swimming, diving and water polo and increase awareness and exposure to the sports.