Minnesota Men Take Victory in Big Ten Dual Against Iowa


  • Results
  • Hosted by University of Minnesota
  • Friday, October 28th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • Minnesota: 185.5
  • Iowa: 113.5

The Minnesota men picked up a conference victory tonight after their home dual meet against Big Ten rival Iowa. The Gopher men won all but one individual race, collecting 185.5 points over the Hawkeyes’ 113.5.

Junior Conner McHugh, one of the Gophers’ school record holders, swept the breaststroke races to help Minnesota to victory. His first win came in the 100 breast, where he put up a 54.60 ahead of 2nd place finisher Nick Hatanaka (56.00). He then won the 200 breast with the only sub-2:00 time, hitting the wall with a 1:57.50.

Big Ten finalists Bowe Becker and Daryl Turner also brought in multiple victories for the Gophers. Becker picked up a pair of freestyle wins, clocking a 1:39.44 in the 200 free and a 44.59 in the 100 free. Turner, on the other hand, picked up a pair of victories in the stroke 100s, clocking a 48 in the 100 back and 47 in the 100 fly.

Iowa’s Kenneth Mende stopped the Gophers from sweeping today’s races, bringing in a victory for the Hawkeyes in the 200 back. Mende led a 1-2-3 finish for his team, clocking a 1:48.57 ahead of teammates Forrest White (1:49.18) and Thomas Rathbun (1:51.28).


Minnesota men’s swimming and diving defeated Iowa 185.5 to 113.5 Friday night in Minneapolis. The Gophers won 14 of 16 events. Pack the Pool weekend will continue with the women’s dual meet against Iowa Saturday at 11 a.m.

The win was Minnesota’s second in as many dual meets this fall. The Gophers had opened the season by beating another border rival, Wisconsin.

“I was happy to see a continuation of them doing most of the little things right,” head coach Kelly Kremer. “I think when you’re tired and you’re broken down like they are, it’s harder to do. But I just can’t wait to see how that translates into the championship season down the road.”

Minnesota finished in spots 1-4 in the 100-yard breaststroke, and also claimed the top three places in the 200. Conner McHugh won both for the second time this fall. He finished in 54.60 in the 100 with Nick Hatanaka (56.00), John Bushman (56.06) and Eric Sande (56.65) following. In the 200, McHugh’s 1:57.50 led Bushman (2:00.44) and Jakub Maly (2:03.39).

The Gophers also claimed the top four places in the 1,650 freestyle. Michael Messner won in 15:43.03 ahead of Logan Redondo (15:45.22), Nick Plachinski (15:55.68) and Justin Torres (15:56.83).

Redondo went on to win the 500 free in 4:32.21. Plachinski (4:34.39) and Messner (4:39.57) took third and fourth.

Matt Barnard won on both diving springboards. He tallied scores of 413.40 in 1-meter and 373.75 in 3-meter. Alan LeBlang was the Gophers’ second finisher on both boards, taking fourth in 1-meter and fifth in 3-meter.

Bowe Becker won the 100 and 200 free races. He won the 200 free from lane 8, touching in 1:39.44. Nick Saulnier (1:40.20) and Erick Huft (1:40.51) picked up points in third and fourth. Becker (44.59) and Paul Fair(44.80) took first and second in the 100. Fair (20.47) won the 50 free with Hunter Doerr (20.60) in second.

Daryl Turner won at the 100-yard distance in the backstroke (48.75) and butterfly (47.74). Noah Busch tied for fourth (50.87) in the 100 back, and Nick Orf was fourth (50.46) in the 100 fly.

Maly won the 200 fly in 1:49.62. Brian Poon won the 200 IM in 1:49.95 and was third (1:50.39) in the 200 fly.

The Gophers’ 200 free relay of Becker, Fair, Doerr and Turner won in 1:20.24. Minnesota’s “A” 200 free relay team was disqualified, and the “B” team of Noah BuschNick HatanakaTuomas Pokkinen and Doerr took second. The only other event Minnesota did not win was the 200 back, in which Poon was the top finisher in fourth.

“Iowa’s a really good team,” Kremer said. “We face them every year, so we see them a lot. It’s nice to have a meet where I felt like our men did a really nice job controlling it from start to finish. That continues to build confidence for these guys.”


MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team fell to 12th-ranked Minnesota, 185.5-113.5, in a Big Ten Conference dual on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Iowa opened the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay. The quartet of sophomore Kenneth Mende, freshman Isaak Webb, junior Jerzy Twarowski, and sophomore Jack Smith touched first with a time of 1:30.68.

The Hawkeyes went on to notch a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 back, led by Mende’s second-place time of 49.14. Freshmen Forrest White and Steve Fiolic finished third and fourth, clocking in at 50.28 and 50.87.

Mende’s strong night continued, swimming to another second-place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.04) and Iowa’s lone individual first-place finish in the 200 back (1:48.57).  White and junior Thomas Rathbun followed Mende in the 200 back with second and third-place times of 1:49.18 and 1:51.28, respectively.

Twarowski was Iowa’s top finisher in the 100 and 200 fly, notching a pair of second-place finishes (49.11 and 1:49.85).

In the long course, Iowa was led by junior Chris Dawson and freshman Mike Tenney.  Dawson placed fifth in the 1,650 free, finishing with a time of 16:04.52. Tenney was the team’s top finisher in the 500, swimming to a runner-up showing in 4:32.39.

The Hawkeyes had a big night in the diving well. Sophomore Will Brenner led Iowa with a runner-up finish off the 3-meter, tallying an NCAA Zone standard and career-best 353.70.  Brenner’s 3-meter score is seventh-best in program history.

Senior Brandis Heffner and Brenner went 2-3 off the 1-meter. Heffner dove to a career-best 350.93, while Brenner tallied a 321.83 — both NCAA Zone standards.

The Hawkeye men return to the pool Nov. 3 for their home opener, hosting South Dakota at the CRWC Natatorium.



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