Feb. 25, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming team broke a school record Wednesday night on the opening day of the Big Ten Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa currently sits in seventh place with 50 points, while Michigan (80) and Ohio State (64) hold the top two spots.
The Hawkeyes kicked off the competition with an NCAA `A’ cut in the 200-yard medley relay, solidifying a spot in the 2015 NCAA Championships. The foursome of Grant Betulius, Roman Trussov, Jerzy Twarowski, and Jackson Halsmer swam to a third place finish with a UI record-setting time of 1:25.53.
“We had a great start to the Big Ten Championships tonight,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “To kick it off with an NCAA `A’ cut and a school record in the 200 medley relay is special. They solidified a spot at the NCAA Championships and we’re all excited about that.”
In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the quartet of Chris Freeman, Betulius, David Ernstsson, and Twarowski finished ninth, touching out at with a time of 6:29.57. The foursome’s time ranks seventh all-time in UI history.
The Hawkeyes return to the pool tomorrow morning for day two of the Big Ten Championships. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with finals taking place at 6:30 p.m. (CT).