Dec. 5, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team leads the 2015 Hawkeye Invitational with 638 points through two days at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
Denver is in second place with a score of 624, Incarnate Word is third with 342 points, and Drury University is fourth with 252 points.
“We had a great night tonight, a lot of personal bests and a school record. We stepped up and won the heats, which was what we needed to do.” said UI head coach Marc Long. “Over all it was a great night and we have to get ready for tomorrow night.”
Iowa opened Saturday’s finals with a 1-3-4 finish in the 200-medley relay. Freshman Kenneth Mende, senior Roman Trussov, sophomore Jerzy Twarowski, and freshman Jack Smith took first place, touching in at 1:26.48.
Senior Andrew Parker, senior Mike Nelson, senior Jackson Allen, and junior Jackson Halsmer took third, posting a time of 1:28.94.
Senior David Ernstsson and junior Kyle Gannon finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 free. Ernstsson touched in 1:38.31, while Gannon was just .04 behind at 1:38.35.
Iowa got NCAA “B” qualifying times from Twarowski and Allen in the 100-fly. The pair claimed first with a time of 46.97 and third place with a time of 47.78, respectively.
Mende brought in a “B” cut in the 100 back, swimming to a second place finish with a time of 47.83. Parker placed fifth place finish with a time of 49.47.
Iowa got a pair of NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100 breast. Trussov touched first with a season-best time of 53.32, while Nelson was third with a season-best time of 54.83.
The Hawkeyes shined on the 1-meter springboard, boasting the top four finishers. Freshman William Brenner won the event with a season-best score of 365.00 — an NCAA Zone mark.
Junior Brandis Heffner was the runner-up with a 328.90, senior Addison Boschult was third with a score of 315.15, and senior Andrew Hull was fourth with a 298.50.
The final day of the Hawkeye Invitational begins Sunday at 10 a.m. (CT).