Hawkeyes Drop B1G Dual at No. 12 Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team fell to 12th-ranked Minnesota, 185.5-113.5, in a Big Ten Conference dual on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Iowa opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay. The quartet of sophomore Kenneth Mende, freshman Isaak Webb, junior Jerzy Twarowski, and sophomore Jack Smith touched first with a time of 1:30.68.
The Hawkeyes went on to notch a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 back, led by Mende’s second-place time of 49.14. Freshmen Forrest White and Steve Fiolic finished third and fourth, clocking in at 50.28 and 50.87.
Mende’s strong night continued, swimming to another second-place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.04) and Iowa’s lone individual first-place finish in the 200 back (1:48.57).  White and junior Thomas Rathbun followed Mende in the 200 back with second and third-place times of 1:49.18 and 1:51.28, respectively.
Twarowski was Iowa’s top finisher in the 100 and 200 fly, notching a pair of second-place finishes (49.11 and 1:49.85).
In the long course, Iowa was led by junior Chris Dawson and freshman Mike Tenney.  Dawson placed fifth in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 16:04.52. Tenney was the team’s top finisher in the 500, swimming to a runner-up showing in 4:32.39.
The Hawkeyes had a big night in the diving well. Sophomore Will Brenner led Iowa with a runner-up finish off the 3-meter, tallying an NCAA Zone standard and career-best 353.70.  Brenner’s 3-meter score is seventh-best in program history.
Senior Brandis Heffner and Brenner went 2-3 off the 1-meter. Heffner dove to a career-best 350.93, while Brenner tallied a 321.83 — both NCAA Zone standards.
The Hawkeye men return to the pool Nov. 3 for their home opener, hosting South Dakota at the CRWC Natatorium.