Hawkeyes Battle No. 20 Minnesota; Fall 169.5-130.5

Oct. 30, 2015

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team went toe-to-toe against No. 20 Minnesota but dropped a 169.5-130.5 decision on Friday night at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The Hawkeyes won six events in the dual.


    “I am proud of the team,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “We had a lot of strong performances. The freshmen and upperclassmen had a good meets.

    “Roman won the 100 breast, and we had a lot of third and fourths who stepped it up. We have to work through a few things and step it up for the next few meets.”

    Iowa opened the meet with a victory in the 400-medley relay. The quartet of freshmen Kenneth Mende and Jack Smith, sophomore Jerzy Twarowski, and senior Roman Trussov touched first with a time of 3:15.96. Mende opened up the relay with a split of 48.84 in the 100 back — the fifth-fastest time in program history.

    The 3:15.96 relay time is the fourth-best time in the NCAA early this season.

    Mende also posted a win and runner-up finish in his first collegiate meet. The Germany native swam to a first place showing in the 200 back in 1:49.37. He also finished second in the 100 back with a time of 49.00.

    The Hawkeyes had a solid night in the sprint freestyle events, winning the 50 and 100 free.

    Smith sprinted to a victory in the 100 free, finishing with a time of 45.29. He also touched in third place in the 200-free in 1:40.72.

    Senior Jackson Allen burst to a win in the 50, touching in 20.51. He also was the third place finisher in the 100 free in 45.45 seconds.

    Trussov had a pair of top two finishes. He won the title in the 100 breast, pushing to a time of 55.98 and was the runner-up in the 200 breast at 2:00.85 — .27 behind Minnesota’s first place finisher.

    The Hawkeyes got a 1-2-4 finish in the 100 fly, highlighted by Twarowski’s win with a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 48.04. Senior Maverick Hovey finished third in 49.95, and Allen was fourth in 50.12.

    Twarowski posted a second win in the 200 fly, flying into the wall with a time of 1:48.28.

    In the long course, Iowa was paced by a pair of freshmen. Drew Eisen was runner-up in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 16:05.22. Ben Colin was the team’s top finisher in the 500, swimming to a runner-up showing in 4:37.28.

    Iowa posted three top five finishes on the 3-meter springboard. Junior Andrew Hull placed third with a score of 336.00, followed by junior Brandis Heffner (fourth, 336.00) and senior Addison Boschult (fifth, 333.60).

    On the 1-meter, Boschult dove to a fourth place finish with a score of 327.38.

    “We went 3-4-5 on the 3-meter, which I was happy with, but we could have done a little better as we left some points on the table,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “It felt like it could have been a little higher. We are going to have to go back and hit the drawing board and make some adjustments.”

    The Hawkeyes are back in the water on Nov. 6, heading to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a Big Ten dual at Purdue.

    “I am proud of a lot of the performances,” said Long. “The goal is to get better, and we do that with practice, beginning tomorrow morning.”

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