Men's swimming preps for Shamrock invite


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The Iowa men’s swimming and diving team will try to redeem itself following a tough loss this past weekend against Northwestern when it travels to South Bend, Ind., for the annual Shamrock Invitational.

The No. 25 Hawkeyes will square off against the host Notre Dame as well as Missouri State in the two-day meet at Rolfs Aquatic Center.

“We go to this meet for a couple reasons,” head coach Marc Long said. “For one, Notre Dame is a great host. It’s also a lot of races packed into not a lot of time, so you don’t have time to think about anything else. Al you have to do is race.”

Iowa remains hungry after its last meet, a Big Ten dual that they lost in the final event by a score of 151-149.

The Black and Gold have posted 15 NCAA “B” cut times heading into this weekend, with Grant Betulius, Dustin Rhoads, Andrew Marciniak, and Roman Trussov leading the way with two each.

The Hawkeyes return two All-Americans who swam at the Shamrock Invitational last season. Junior Betulius and senior Marciniak are following up last season’s honors with big years once again.

The Hawks also return two NCAA qualifiers, David Ernstsson and Trussov. The pair qualified in the 800-free relay and the 200-breastroke, respectively.

“Notre Dame has a lot of depth, and there are unlimited people that can swim, so there’s definitely going to be a lot of people swimming more events than they’re used to, which is a challenge,” sophomore Charles Holliday said.

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