Jan. 24, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team won its third-straight outing Saturday, posting a 171-129 Big Ten win over Northwestern at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early lead in the opening 200 medley relay. The foursome of Grant Betulius, Roman Trussov, Jerzy Twarowski, and Jackson Halsmer paced the field touching in with a first-place time of 1:30.06.
Betulius shined throughout the meet picking up wins in all four of his events with top times in the 100 back (48.49), 200 back (1:48.34), 400 free relay (3:01.32), and the 200 medley (1:30.06).
Roman Trussov kept the Black and Gold in front with a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke touching in with a time of 54.98. Trussov was victorius in 3-of-4 events with additional wins in the 200 medley relay and 200 breast (2:01.77). The Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, native also swam to a third-place finish in the 400 free relay alongside Brandon Farnum, Brian Donatelli, and RJ Hemmingson. The foursome touched out with a time of 3:05.19.
In the 200 butterfly, Twarowski swam to his second win on the day with a time of 1:48.85. The freshman native of Krakow, Poland, finished the meet winning 3-of-4 events with top times in the 200 medley, 100 butterfly (48.50), and 200 butterfly. Twarowski also finished second in the 200 IM (1:53.76).
The quartet of Jackson Halsmer, David Ernstsson, Chuck Holliday, and Betulius solidified the win in the 400 free relay, swimming to a first-place finish in a time of 3:01.32.
In the diving well, Brandis Heffner dove to a first-place finish on the 3-meter with a career-best 339.90. Heffner, a Bloomington, Illinois native also added to the scoring with a fifth-place score of 260.70.
“Brandis was great today and it’s good to see,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “He’s such a hard worker in practice and it’s paying off in meets. Coming out today and diving to a career best was huge for him.”
Addison Boschult also had a strong showing on the 1-meter with a second-place score of 290.48. Boschult finished fourth on the 3-meter (328.88).
“Addison had another good meet on the 1-meter finishing second,” said Waikel. “It’s been a busy week for these guys with intense training over break and classes starting up but they’ve continued to work hard and it’s paying off.”
The Hawkeyes return to action Jan. 30-31, in South Bend, Indiana, competing at the Shamrock Invite.