Hawkeyes Host No. 7 Minnesota on Friday

Oct. 30, 2013

Weekly Notes

The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team hosts No. 7 Minnesota in a conference dual meet Friday night. The dual will be held at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool beginning at 5 p.m. (CT).

Fans can follow the intrasquad meet via live results by clicking HERE. Fans may also follow along with live streaming at Hawkeye All-Access (http://www.hawkeyesports.com/allaccess/).

This Friday is `Pack the Pool’ night at the CRWC. The first 50 fans in attendance receive free tropical smoothies, while two tickets to the Iowa-Wisconsin football game will be given away. There will also be a cannonball contest featuring UI student-atheltes, for which fans will be selected to be judges. Fans selected to be judges will receive either an autographed basketball or football as a prize.

The meet captains for Friday’s match-up against No. 7 Minnesota are seniors Tyler Lentz, Kyle Noser and Dustin Rhoads, and junior Grant Betulius.

The Hawkeyes downed Michigan State, 182-113, on Oct. 18 in a conference dual meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The team won 13-of-16 events to help move their record to 1-1. Iowa set the tone early, posting a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-medley relay, the first event of the evening. The quartete of David Ernstsson, Andrew Marciniak, Dustin Rhoads, and Jackson Allen won the event in 1:30.35. Iowa also posted 1-2-3 finishes in the 100-backstroke and 200-breaststroke events. Betulius won the 100-back in 49.88 while Andrew Marciniak claimed the top time in the 200-breast, touching out in 2:02.94.

The University of Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team enters the meet ranked seventh in the CSCAA top 25, and 10th in the collegeswimming.com top 25. The Gophers are 2-1 overall, including a 1-0 conference mark. Minnesota knocked off the University of Wisconsin in a conference dual their last time out, taking the dual by a 220-150 final. The Gophers posted a win over Arizona State to open the season, while falling to Florida, the No. 2 team in the country.

The Hawkeyes men’s swimming and diving team enter the meet ranked 21st in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, released Oct. 24. The Hawkeyes are one of seven Big Ten programs ranked in the top 25. Joining Iowa is Michigan (1), Minnesota (7), Indiana (9), Ohio State (11), Wisconsin (18), and Penn State (19). The program is also ranked 24th in the collegeswimming.com top 25. Along with Iowa, Michigan (1), Minnesota (10), Ohio State (15), Penn State (16), Wisconsin (20), and Indiana (22) appear in the top 25.

Sophomore Ruman Trussov became the first Hawkeye to post an NCAA `B’ cut time this season. On Oct. 11, Trussov posted a time of 54.60 in the 100-breast to qualify for an NCAA `B’ cut.

Sophomore Charles Holliday had his best meet of his collegiate career Oct. 18 against Michigan State, posting three first place finishes to go along with one second place time. Holliday sprinted to the 50-free (20.90) and 100-free (46.34) titles, was a member of the 400-free team that took the top time of 3:04.05, while taking second in the 200-medley team (1:31.48).

Sophomore Addison Boschult posted a pair of victories in the Hawkeyes’ win over Michigan State last time out. Boschult tallied 293.70 points in the 1-meter and 311.55 points in the 3-meter to take the top spots. The score of 293.70 marks a season best for the Omaha, Neb.,native.

The University of Iowa swimming and diving team swam to a World Record in the 200 short course meters mixed-medley relay at the Michigan Water Carnival. In the second-to-last event, the Hawkeyes swam to a World Record time when seniors Dustin Rhoads and Andrew Marciniak, junior Haley Gordon and sophomore Olivia Kabacinski finished with a time of 1:47.61. Iowa also bested a previous World Record time in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay when sophomore Jackson Allen, senior Gianni Sesto, freshman Emma Sougstad and sophomore Allie Orvis posted a time of 1:40.26. Michigan took down the old record, finishing in 1:36.78.

Freshman Nick Ztio was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct.1. Competing in hif first collegiate dual at defending national champion Michigan, Zito swam four events for the Hawkeyes, placing second twice, third, and seventh. In the 200-yard breaststroke, the Lombard, Ill., native placed second (2:02.10), behind fellow teammate and NCAA qualifier Roman Trussov. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Zito swam the anchor leg, touching out in 3:03.27. He also placed third in the 200-yard IM in 1:54.56, and placing seventh in the 200-yard freestyle.

Since the 2008-09 athletic year, the UI men’s team has been dominating dual competition. The Hawkeyes have posted a 38-8 dual meet record, which includes a 10-1 mark in 2009-10, the second best record in school history. Last season, the team went 7-3 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten duals, which included a 161-122 win over Northwestern.

The men’s squad returns junior Grant Betulius and senior Andrew Marciniak who earned All-America recognition last season. Betulius earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 back as well as being a part of the 200 and 400 medley relays. Marciniak was also a member of both medley relays. Iowa also returns NCAA qualifers David Ernstsson and Roman Trussov. Ernstsson swam in the 800-free relay, while Trussov finished 24th in the 200-breaststroke.

The men’s team features 11 new members to its roster this season. Brandon Farnum, Greg Forster, Kyle Gannon, Josh Gill, Peter Grumhaus, Jackson Halsmer, Brandis Heffner, Andrew Marsh, Kyle Patnode, Jeremy Temprano, and Nick Zito all come to Iowa City after impressive prep careers. This incoming class features seven members from Illinois, two from Iowa, one from Michigan, and one from Wisconsin.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a 2012-13 season where nine records were broken. Individually, Grant Betulius (100 back – 46.33), Byron Butler (200 back – 1:43.59, 100 fly – 47.05), Andrew Marciniak (100 breast – 53.59), Roman Trussov (200 breast – 1:55.84), and Tyler Lentz (200 IM – 1:46.15) all captured school records. Jordan Huff, David Ernstsson, Gianni Sesto and Betulius broke the record in the 800 free relay (6:26.79). In the 200 medley relay, the record was broken by Betulius, Korey Schneider, Butler and Huff (1:25.82). The quartet of Betulius, Marciniak, Butler and Huff broke the record in the 400 Medley Relay (3:09.66).

2012-2013 MVP
Grant Betulius returns as one of two Hawkeyes named Armbruster/Patton MVP last season. Betulius was a honorable mention All-American in three events in 2013, while also being a school-record holder in four events — 100 back (46.33), 200-medley relay (1:25.82), 400-medley relay (3:09.66) and 800-free relay (6:26.79). He ranks second in school history in the 200 back (1:43.65) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (48.41).

One member from the 2012-13 men’s team was named to the Scholar All-America First Team while two other members were named honorable mention. Byron Butler was named to the first team after being an honorable mention selection in 2011-12. Joining Butler were teammates Dustin Rhoads and Manuel Belzer. For Belzer, it is his second consecutive year earning honorable mention recognition, while Rhoads earned the distinction for the first time. The team was recognized as a CSCAA All-America Team for the third time in program history.

Marc Long is in his 10th 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, 75 school records have fallen and 112 Hawkeyes have provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Brandon King is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Iowa swimming and diving program. King joins the Hawkeyes out of Naperville, Ill., where he served as a senior assistant coach alongside decorated head coach Dave Krotiak for the Fox Valley Swim Team from 2011-13. During his time with the program, King assisted the Illinois Senior Coach of the Year and coached multiple swimmers competing at the Junior Nationals, Grand Prix meets and Olympic Trials.

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 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 return to action Nov. 8 in West Lafayette, Ind., for a conference dual against Purdue and Ohio State. The competition is slated to begin at 3 p.m. (CT) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.