800-Free Relay Record Goes Down at B1G Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team broke the school record in the 800-freestyle relay on the opening night of the 2017 Big Ten Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
38223The relay of freshman Joe Myhre, sophomore Jack Smith, senior Kyle Gannon, and junior Thomas Rathbun finished with a time of 6:24.93, breaking the previous record by more than two seconds.  The quartet tallied a sixth place finish to pick up 48 team points.
Myhre’s opening leg of the relay — a 1:36.62 — was the eighth-fastest time in program history.
The Hawkeyes opened the evening with a seventh-place showing in the 200-medley relay when sophomore Kenneth Mende, freshman Isaak Webb, junior Jerzy Twarowski, and Smith swam a time of 1:26.90.  It is the sixth-fastest time in program history.
Iowa is in seventh place following the first day of swimming with 94 points. Indiana leads the team race with 128 points.
Action resumes at 10 a.m. (CT) Thursday morning.