Five Hawkeye swimmers heading to NCAA championships

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 09, 2012 6:30 AM

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Four Iowa swimmers will return to the NCAA swimming and diving championships later this month for the opportunity to double their All-American statuses.

Seniors Paul Gordon, Ryan Phelan, Duncan Partridge, and junior Jordan Huff will travel to Federal Way, Wash., on March 22-24 with hopes to improve on their 15th-place finish in the finals of the 400-freestyle relay at last year's championships. The quartet posted a time 2:52.53 minutes at the Big Ten meet last month, improving on last year's time by more than 2 seconds.

Gordon, Phelan, Partridge, and sophomore Gianni Sesto will also compete in the 200 freestyle in Washington. The four swam the event in 1:17.61 minutes at the Big Ten meet, the seventh-fastest time in the country this year.

Gordon and Phelan will also represent the Hawkeyes in individual events — Gordon in the 200 free and Phelan in the 50. Phelan has the country's 12th-fastest time in the event, sprinting two pool lengths in 19.52 seconds.

Gordon placed third in the 200 free at the Big Ten meet, and his time 1:35.26 minutes is the 20th-fastest mark in the country.

— by Ben Ross

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