Sept. 26, 2015
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CHICAGO — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2015-16 season with a 155-57 road victory over Illinois Chicago on Saturday afternoon at the Flames Natatorium. The Hawkeyes won every event in the dual.
“We had a tremendous team-building and development weekend in Chicago,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It was great to race and perform in a variety of different events and formats.
“There were a number of highlights in the meet, but we need to see more urgency to reach our potential. It’s a dedicated group of athletes, and we are eager to get better with them this week in practice.”
Junior Jackson Halsmer swam to a pair of first place finishes in the 200 free (1:42.60) and 200-free relay (1:25.97). Two freshmen — Jack Smith and Matt Kamin — also helped win freestyle events. Smith touched in 21.13 to win the 50 free, while Kamin was second in 21.51. Kamin also anchored the winning 200-medley relay (1:33.91).
Other wins for Iowa include senior Roman Trussov in the 100 IM (52.36), senior Jackson Allen in the 100 fly (50.30), junior Brandon Farnum in the 100 free (46.75), senior Matthew Boyd in the 100 back (51.90), sophomore Logan Samuelson in the 500 free (4:43.29), and senior Mike Nelson in the 100 breast (58.48).
In the diving well, Iowa posted a pair of one-two finishes, competing in a pair format. Juniors Brandis Heffner and Andrew Hull teamed up to win both the 1-meter (298.27) and 3-meter (269.70). Senior Addison Boschult and freshman Will Brenner tallied two second place finishes with scores of 291.52 (1-meter) and 263.85 (3-meter).
“The divers did a nice job considering how early it is,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “They showed a lot of strengths and gave me a good measurement of where we are and what we need to focus on for the next couple of weeks.”
Iowa returns to action Oct. 9, hosting the annual intrasquad meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.