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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team swam to two school records, one NCAA `A’ cut time, and six NCAA `B’ cut times in day-two competition of the Hawkeye Invite on Saturday in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
“We did well today and we’re expecting to have an even better day tomorrow,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We’re getting excited for the men and the women as the season continues and we’re looking forward to competing at the NCAAs. We’ve got one more day to compete and we’re expecting to see our best performances of the weekend tomorrow.”
The Hawkeyes stole the show early in the 100 fly taking four of the top five spots, and six of the top eight overall. Freshman Jerzy Twarowski led the pack touching in with an NCAA `B’ cut and school record-setting time of 46.70. Iowa’s top-four finishers — Twarowski, Jackson Allen (45.57), Kyle Patnode (48.27), and Chris Freeman (48.50) all recorded NCAA `B’ cut times.
Junior Roman Trussov had a strong showing in the 100 breaststroke swimming to a school record and an NCAA `B’ cut time. The Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, native finished second touching in with a time of 52.98.
UI senior Grant Betulius shined on senior night dominating in the 100 backstroke. The Naperville, Illinois, native — coming off of a record-setting and NCAA `A’ cut-performance in Friday night’s finals — took first place with an NCAA `A’ cut time of 45.60.
In the diving well the Hawkeyes landed two divers in the finals for the second-straight night. Sophomore Addison Boschult claimed a seventh place finish in the finals with score of 310.25 and junior Brandis Heffner’s 306.30 was good for eighth.
“Both men outperformed their preliminary scores when they dove in the finals, which was great,” said Waikel. “We like to see those numbers increase. All in all we did pretty well and I was happy with our performances tonight.”
Sunday’s competition in the diving well will be off the platform, an opportunity Waikel wants the Hawkeyes to take advantage of.
“In head-to-head meets we usually just dive off the 1 and 3-meter, so tomorrow is a great opportunity for our platform divers to perform well.”
Iowa currently sits in first place with 634.5 points, leading second-place Notre Dame (593), Denver 560.5), UW-Milwaukee (184), and Ohio State (111).
The Hawkeyes conclude the three-day competition Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).