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Hawkeyes break records in Bloomington

BY JALYN SOUCHEK | FEBRUARY 28, 2013 5:00 AM

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The men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the Big Ten meet Wednesday evening in Bloomington, Ind. Iowa is tied with Minnesota for fourth place. Iowa wasn’t able to break top three in any of the opening events but two school records were broken.

The Black and Gold’s first record fell in the 200-medley relay with the team of sophomores Grant Betulius and Korey Schneider and seniors Byron Butler and Jordan Huff. The quartet finished with a time of 1:25.82, besting their school mark of 1:27.16 and earned a NCAA “A” qualifying cut.

The 800-freestyle relay team of Huff, freshman David Ernstsson, junior Gianni Sesto, and Betulius swam in 6:26.79 – breaking the previous record of 6:27.36. The time didn’t prove to be enough for the Hawkeyes, who came in sixth place.

No. 3 Michigan leads the championships with 80 points, followed by No. 13 Ohio State and No. 8 Indiana with 66, and No. 20 Iowa and No. 14 Minnesota at 54.

The swimmers will compete in four more events at 11 a.m. today for preliminaries and finals at 6:30 p.m. The races will include the 500 free, 200 indivudual medley, 50 free, and 1-meter diving.


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