Oct. 4, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team fell to Michigan, 173-119, on Saturday in day two of the season-opening dual at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.
The Hawkeyes stole the show in the diving well for the second-straight day taking the top two and four of the top five spots in 1-meter diving competition. UI junior Addison Boschult dove to a first-place score of 310.95, sophomore Brandis Heffner earned a second-place finish, diving to a final score of 303.15. UI freshman Matt Mauser also recorded a fourth-place finish after diving to a score of 294.10.
“Both were a continuation from last night,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “Their performance was great; our freshman Matt Mauser did a nice job, too. I was pleased with some of the things he was able to do for us and the overall performance he put on.”
In the pool, senior Grant Betulius swam to the Hawkeyes lone win in the 100 backstroke. The Naperville, Illinois, native recorded a time of 49.27.
“It was nice for Grant to do well,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “He has been 11th at NCAA’s before turning All-American, so it was nice to see him get that win.”
The Hawkeyes recorded eight runner-up finishes on Saturday. Junior Roman Trussov accounted for a pair of them in the 100 breast (55.47) and 200 breast (2:03.27).
Two freshmen — Thomas Rathbun and Jerzy Twarowski — also recorded runner up finishes. Rathbun swam to a 4:33.67 finish in the 500 free, and Twarowski sprinted to a 49.69 in the 100 fly. Twarowski, a Krakow, Poland, native also swam to a third-place finish in the 200 fly (1:51.98).
“Coming in we knew this Michigan team was arguably the best program in the country, so we knew we would have our hands full,” said Long. “We saw sparks in our young team, and we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We saw some things we need to work on as well. It’s a broad group of competitors we have, and we’re going to get better.”