Oct. 1, 2014
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The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team hits the road squaring off with Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan at 3 p.m. (CT)
Fans can follow the weekend’s action via live results on the “Meet Mobile” swim meet application on cell phones and tablets. Download the application at this link: http://www.active.com/mobile/meet-mobile-app
The Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 31, on the road taking on Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Michigan State men’s swimming and diving team is led by two seniors — Kyle Workman — who posted a time of 45.92 in the 100 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships last season and David Zoltowski — who posted a time of 1:54.11 in the 200 butterfly at the Big Ten Championships in 2014. Joining the two seniors is addition of nine freshmen to the Spartan swimming and diving roster. Michigan State finished 10th at the B1G Swimming and Diving Championships lats season.
The men’s team features eight newcomers to this year’s roster. Colter Allen, Chris Dawson, RJ Hemmingsen, Garrett Hoce, Evan Hull, Matt Mauser, Thomas Rathbun, and Jerzey Twarowski all join the team. This group of eight men features three athletes from Colorado, two from Iowa, one from Ohio, one from Minnesota, and one from Poland. The freshmen class features five All-Americans.
A STRONG RESUME
Freshman Jerzey Twarowski joins the Hawkeyes following a strong junior career in Poland. Twarowski was a member of the Polish Junior Nationals team, where he was a multiple gold medalist in international junior competitions. The butterfly specialist was also a Senior National qualifier in 2014, earning gold and bronze medals at the Polish Senior Championships.
A LONG WAYS FROM HOME
This year’s team will feature three Hawkeyes from overseas. Jerzey Twarowski comes to the UI program from Krakow, Poland, Roman Trussov from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, and David Ernstsson from Stockholm, Sweden.
OFF THE HIGH DIVE
The Iowa diving team has experience and youth on its roster in 2014-15. The Hawkeyes return junior Addison Boschult and sophomore Brandis Heffner, while welcoming two incoming freshmen — Evan Hull and Matt Mauser. Boschult led the Hawkeyes in 3-meter (343.20) and platform (381.50) last season. He qualified for NCAA Zone Diving in both events and finished fifth at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships with a school-record score of 381.50 points on the platform. Boschult capped the 2013-14 season by garnering the “Lobby” Lobdell Award as the men’s diving MVP.
The Hawkeyes enter the 2014-15 season after posting a 2-9 dual meet record in 2014, including a 1-6 mark in Big Ten meets. Iowa finished the season with an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
RECORD BREAKING YEAR
The Hawkeyes broke three school records in 2013-14. Individually, Dustin Rhoads (200 backstroke – 1:42.94), Andrew Marciniak (100 breaststroke 53.58), and Addison Boschult (platform diving 381.50) all broke school recrods in their respective events.
Six Hawkeyes competed in the Phillips 66 National Championships this past summer in Irvine, Calif. Senior Grant Betulius, juniors Mike Nelson, Brian Donatelli and Colleen Champa, and sophomores Kyle Patnode and Emma Sougstad each took part in competition. Sougstad earned a 16th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
BETULIUS BACK FOR SENIOR SEASON
Senior Grant Betulius returns as the most accomplished swimmer on the Hawkeye roster after garnering honorable mention All-America honor in three events in 2013 – 100 back and 200 and 400-medley relays. The Naperville, Illinois, native is the Iowa 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) — heading into his senior season. Betulius posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 backstroke last season. Betulius swam to the Hawkeyes lone win in the 100 backstroke against Michigan on Oct. 4. The Naperville, Illinois, native recorded a time of 49.27.
Redshirt junior Brian Donatelli returns to add depth to the Iowa sprinters after missing the 2013-14 season with an injury. The Illinois native led the team in the 50-free as a sophomore with a time of 20.23 seconds.
TRUSSOV LEADS BREASTSTROKERS
Junior Roman Trussov returns to lead the Iowa breaststrokers in 2014-15. The Kazakhstan native qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke as a freshman. He currently is the Iowa school record holder in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.84) while holding the second-fastest time in the 100 breast (53.60).
FREEMAN JOINS STAFF
Former Hawkeye All-American Deidre Freeman joins the Iowa coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Freeman, who coached from 2011-14 at Grinnell High School and Grinnell College, will work with diving coach Todd Waikel and the divers. Freeman is an accomplished diver in her own regard, as she was 1-of-14 women named to the 2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad. The group includes divers who most exhibit the skill and determination to become 2016 Olympic Team members. Freeman is still the Iowa record holder on both the 1 and 3-meter springboard events.
A SPECIAL YEAR
The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host the Big Ten, NCAA Zone Diving, and NCAA Championships as part of its 2014-15 schedule. It is the second time the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Iowa City. The UI hosted the 1927 NCAA Championship at the UI Field House. The 2015 Big Ten Championships will take place Feb. 25-28, while the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships are set for March 9-11. The NCAA Championships will be held March 26-28. All events will be held at the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.
CAMPUS RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER
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 SWIMMING AND DIVING TRADITION
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.