Three Hawkeyes swim their second events at trials

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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Three Hawkeye swimmers raced in their second events in the Olympic team trials in Omaha on Thursday.

Recently graduated Paul Gordon took 59th in the men's 100-meter freestyle with a time of 50.87 seconds. His teammates, senior-to-be Jordan Huff was .06 seconds behind him, taking 65th place with a time of 50.93.

Neither Gordon nor Huff qualified for the semifinals of the event. Scot Robison came out on top of the preliminaries, recording a time of 49.08.

Andrew Marciniak, who will be a junior in the fall, finished 112th (2:23.37) in the men's 200-meter breaststroke. Clark Burckle won the preliminary with a time of 2:10.30.

Junior-to-be Tyler Lentz will compete in the men's 200-meter individual medley on Friday. Lentz placed 67th in the men's 400-meter individual medley on Monday (4:30.79).

Three Hawkeyes will compete in the men's 50-meter freestyle on Saturday: sophomore-to-be Brian Donatelli, graduated senior Ryan Phelan, and junior-to-be Gianni Sesto. All three sprinters qualified for only the one event.

Gordon, however, will race in his third event at the trials on Saturday. In addition to finishing in 59th place in the 100-free, the recent graduate took 71st place in the men's 200-meter freestyle (1:52.24) on Tuesday. Gordon will swim in the men's 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, along with teammate Byron Butler.

Butler, who will be a senior in the fall, swam in the men's 100-meter backstroke on Tuesday and took 69th with a time of 57.42 seconds.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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