March 27, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior Addison Boschult highlighted the University of Iowa swimming and diving team’s final day of competition with a top-10 finish off the platform at the 2015 NCAA Championships inside the Campus Recreations and Wellness Center Natatorium in Iowa City.
Boschult, an Omaha, Nebraska, native, garnered honorable mention All-American honors with a six-dive score of 386.50 in the finals session. He is the first Hawkeye to receive All-American accolades off the platform since Simon Chrisander was honored in 2002.
“I’m really proud of Addison and his efforts all week,” said UI head coach Todd Waikel. “He has been a trooper and his stamina all week has been outstanding after the way he’s been training.
“He does have more in him and he knows that moving forward,” said Waikel. “He left some points on the table and that was a little disappointing for him. I told him to take the emotion out of it and learn from it. We have world championship trials coming up in May and a full summer. He needs to take the burn in his belly and use it to keep training hard.”
Boschult wrapped the preliminary session with a six-dive score of 378.40, finishing 13th overall before going into the consolation finals. He upped his score later in the finals, diving to a mark of 386.50, which propelled him to a 10th-place finish.
The Hawkeyes gathered eight points from Boschult’s performance — pushing the Black and Gold to a 35th-place representation at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
On the swimming end, two Hawkeyes represented Iowa through two individual events. Senior Grant Betulius participated in the 200-yard backstroke and junior Roman Trussov took part in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Betulius swam Saturday’s opening 200-yard backstroke and finished 41st overall. The Naperville, Illinois, native touched the wall at the 1:44.97 mark. Trussov added with a solo effort in the 200-yard breaststroke, coming in with a time of 1:55.04 that ranked 28th among the field.
“I’m proud of our guys this week,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We didn’t finish where we would have liked to but it’s an accomplishment just to get here. The NCAA only invites the top six percent of swimmers in each division and it’s becoming our expectation — to get here and compete.
“There’s a lot of pride in hosting an event like this,” said Long. “This is the fastest meet in the world right now and we’ve received tremendous support from the University of Iowa and the community. As an alum, I’m proud to have been a part of this special event.
The Hawkeyes return to action Saturday Apr. 11, with the annual Long Course Intrasquad inside the CRWC Natatorium in Iowa City.