March 24, 2015
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The No. 21 University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will host the 2015 NCAA Championships from March 26-28, inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium (CRWC) in Iowa City.
Fans can follow this week’s action at: livestats.hawkeyesports.com, and 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. Live diving results will be available at https://secure.meetcontrol.com/divemeets/system/index.php.
Watch the Action
All three preliminary sessions will be streamed live on Hawkeye All-Access on hawkeyesports.com. Friday and Saturday’s finals sessions will all be streamed live on ESPN3. Streaming of the diving preliminaries will be included in the preliminary sessions, and on Divemeets.com. ESPNU will re-air the Championships on April 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. (CT). Sam Gore will provide the play-by-play, Rowdy Gaines will be the swimming analyst, and Cynthia Potter the diving analyst.
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.
5 Hawkeyes to Compete at NCAA Championships
Four Hawkeye swimmers — senior Grant Betulius, junior Roman Trussov, sophomore Jackson Halsmer, and freshman Jerzy Twarowski will represent the Hawkeyes throughout six swimming events. In addition, junior Addison Boschult will compete from the platform competition in the diving well.
Quick-Cap 2015 B1G Championships
The Hawkeyes wrapped the 2015 B1G Championships on Feb. 28, finishing eighth, scoring 230.5 points. Michigan won the title with 760 points and Ohio State (623) finished second. Four UI school records were achieved throughout the four-day event.
Scouting The Field
The Hawkeyes will join 270 student-athletes representing 57 institutions as they unite at the CRWC Natatorium to determine who will be crowned a national champion.
Long Era in the NCAAs
The Hawkeyes had their highest finish at the NCAA Championships under Marc Long during the 2011-12 season. Iowa finished 26th overall.
Get to Know the Hawkeyes
Senior Grant Betulius: Betulius, a native of Naperville, Illinois, will take part in four events — the 200 and 400-yard medley relays, and the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. His top times in the 100 (45.56) and 200-yard backstroke (1:42.19) rank first in UI school history. He is also a member of the UI record-setting 200 (1:25.53) and 400-yard medley relays (3:08.56).
Junior Addison Boschult: Boschult, an Omaha, Nebraska, native, will dive from the platform competition following a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Zone D Diving Championships in Iowa City. Highlighting the final day of competition, his six-dive score of 409.20 in the platform finals was a UI school record and helped propel his overall score to second-place, finishing with 796.90 points.
Junior Roman Trussov: Trussov, a native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, will compete in four events — the 200 and 400-yard medley relays, and the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. His top times in the 100 (52.85) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.57) rank first in UI school history. He is also a member of the UI record-setting 200 (1:25.53) and 400-yard medley relays (3:08.56).
Sophomore Jackson Halsmer: Halsmer, a Byron, Illinois, native, will take part in both the 200 and 400-yard medley relay events. A freestyle specialist, his individual top times in the 50 (19.91) and 100-yard freestyle (44.28) lead the 2014-15 team.
Freshman Jerzy Twarowski: Twarowski, a native of Krakow, Poland, will also take part in the 200 and 400-yard medley relay events. A butterfly specialist, his individual top times in the 100 (46.70) and 200-yard butterfly (1:44.00) lead the 2014-15 team.
UI Head Coach Marc Long
Marc Long is in his 11th season as head coach for the University of Iowa swimming and diving team, and 10th leading both the men and women’s squads. He served two seasons as the Iowa women’s assistant coach (2003-04) before taking over the helm for the 2004-05 season. He also served as the Hawkeye men’s assistant coach from 1998-2001. Iowa has 112 automatic or provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Championships and 87 school records have fallen under Long’s watch. He has also coached 14 NCAA All-Americans, and multiple former Hawkeyes have competed on the biggest stage in the Olympic Games.
UI Diving Coach Todd Waikel
Todd Waikel is in his third season as the diving coach with the University of Iowa swimming and diving program. During the 2013-14 season, seven UI divers qualified for the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. The Hawkeyes got a pair of top-five finishes and school records on the platform at the zones by sophomore Addison Boschult and freshman Callie Head. Under Waikel’s watch, Iowa diving has turned into a major player on the national diving scene as USA Diving recognized Hawkeye diving as “Center of Excellence” for 2014. Much of the attention can be attributed to former All-American Deidre Freeman, who has excelled under Waikel’s coaching.
In The National Rankings
The 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Grant Betulius, Roman Trussov, Jackson Halsmer, and Jerzy Twarowski rank 20th-nationally, entering the championships with a time of 1:25.53. The group also punched their ticket to the NCAAs in the 400-yard medley relay where they rank 17th (3:08.56). Individually, Betulius ranks eighth in the 100 back (45.56) and 19th in the 200 back (1:42.19). Trussov also ranks 24th in the 100 breast (52.85) and 19th in the 200 breast (1:54.57).
All Americans By Event
100-yard Backstroke: 11 total………….Most Recent: Grant Betulius, 2013 200-yard Backstroke: 7 total……………Most Recent: Rick Williams, 1988 100-yard Breaststroke: 5 total…………Most Recent: Marco Minonne, 1998 200-yard Breaststroke: 9 total…………Most Recent: Marco Minonne, 1998
Most Recent All Americans
Swimming: Grant Betulius in the 100-yard backstroke (2012-13). Diving: Timo Klami off the one and three-meter (2003-04).
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.
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