Hawkeyes Down Spartans, 188-91

Oct. 16, 2015

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team posted a Big Ten Conference dual victory, downing Michigan State, 188-91, on Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The Hawkeyes won 12 events on the night.


    “It went well, there was great racing again today, but we are eager to get better,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “Tomorrow we will wake up and have weights, and work to get better as we head into even more of our Big Ten schedule coming up.”

    Iowa opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay with the quartet of junior Jackson Halsmer, and seniors David Ernstsson, Roman Trussov and Jackson Allen touching in 1:30.77.

    Freshman Jack Smith swam to a Hawkeye win in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:41.82. Smith also tallied a first place finish in the 100 free with a time of 45.74. Smith was followed by Halsmer (46.24), Ernstsson (46.32), and fellow freshman Matt Kamin (46.38).

    Trussov posted his first individual win in the 100-breast, finishing in a time of 56.30. He also took the top spot in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.59.

    Sophomore Jerzy Twarowski won the 200-fly, posting a time of 1:51.25. He was followed by freshman Sam Sauerbrei, who swam a time of 1:53.24.

    Iowa took the top four finishes in the 50 free. Allen had a first place finish with the time of 20.32, followed by Halsmer (20.74), senior Charles Holliday (21.14), and junior Brandon Farnum, who finished with a time of 21.19.

    Andrew Parker backstroked into first after posting a 1:51.25 time in the 200-back. He also swam to a runner-up finish in the 100 back in 51.07.

    Chris Dawson tallied a pair of top-two finishes in the distance freestyle events. He won the 500 free in 4:38.72, while posting a runner-up finish in the 1,000 free in 9:36.75.

    Iowa also got a victory in the diving well, courtesy of junior Andrew Hull. The Indiana transfer dove to a first-place finish on the 3-meter springboard, finishing with a score of 331.55.

    The Hawkeyes had the top three finishers in the event with junior Brandis Heffner finishing as the runner-up with a 317.60 and senior Addison Boschult placing third with a 314.70.

    “The divers did a nice job,” said diving coach Todd Waikel. “Although I was disappointed with the women on the 1-meter, they rebounded nicely on the 3-meter. We will continue to work hard as we move into the bulk of our season.”

    Iowa returns to action Oct. 30, hosting Minnesota at 5 p.m. (CT).

    “Well we still have a long season ahead of us,” said Long. “We are still putting the pieces together, so it will be a little while until we know where we will stand. It will be a battle all the way up until the Big Tens in January, which is a good thing.”

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