Iowa men finish 7th at Big Ten Swimming Championships

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 04, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team ended the Big Ten meet in Bloomington, Ind., in seventh place with 245 points — 654 points behind champion Michigan.

Iowa broke nine school records in the competition while earning several NCAA qualifying times despite dropping from last years’ fifth place at the Big Tens.

The first record fell in the 200-medley relay on Day 1. The quartet of sophomores Grant Betulius and Korey Schneider and seniors Byron Butler and Jordan Huff finished in fifth place, touching the wall at 1:25.82 — an NCAA “A” cut time.

Betulius, freshman Roman Trussov, Butler, and Huff earned another “A” cut time while breaking the 400-medley relay record on Day 2. The team placed third with a time of 3:10.18. Betulius broke the 100-backstroke record while leading the relay.

Betulius then reset the record when he competed in the 100-back “A” final. He finished sixth overall at 46.70, a “B” cut.

Junior Tyler Lentz reset the 200 individual medley record in the “C” final, finishing at 1:46.15 — an NCAA “B” cut time.

Butler took the school record in the preliminaries for the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.05 on Day 3. The senior placed seventh in the final events, swimming at a slightly slower pace to come in at 47.14.

Ernstsson and Huff placed ninth and 11th, respectively, in the 200 free. Ernstsson swam a time of 1:36.04 and Huff 1.36.29, both “B” cuts.

The sixth record fell in the 100-breaststroke “B” final by junior Andrew Marciniak, who finished 11th. The following day, he also broke the 200-breast record in the preliminaries and finished eighth in the finals. Both times earned NCAA “B” cuts.

Butler rounded out the broken records after he won the 200-back “B” finals. He touched at 1:43.59 and posted another “B” cut.

The Black and Gold will return to action when freshman Addison Boschult travels to Houston to compete in the NCAA Zone D diving meet on March 11-13.

—  by Jalyn Souchek

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