Relay wins help Hawks topple Michigan State

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 20, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s swimming team took down Michigan State on Oct. 17 in East Lansing behind a pair of relay victories and nine other first-place finishes, improving its record to 1-1 on the season and in the conference. 

In the 200-medley relay, the Hawkeye quartet of senior Grant Betulius, junior Roman Trussov, freshman Jerzy Twaroski, and sophomore Brandon Farnum narrowly beat the Spartans, winning the heat in 1:30.96, just ahead of Michigan State at 1:31.06.

In the 400-free relay, the Hawkeyes again won by a nose. Just .11 hundredths of a second separated Iowa’s team of Trussov, sophomore Joseph Halsmer, Farnum, and Betulius from the Spartans’ relay.

“We swam competitively in every event and overall did well on the road,” head coach Marc Long said in a release. “Anytime you can get a Big Ten win, it’s a good accomplishment.”

Trussov was the star of the show for the Hawkeyes, doubling up with wins in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.

The Hawkeyes have a week off before traveling to Minnesota for a dual meet against the Gophers.

— by Ian Murphy

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