Iowa senior Grant Betulius and junior Roman Trussov tried but fell short in individual matchups on March 27, in the second day of the NCAA Championships in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.
Trussov placed 24th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.17, and Betulius placed 27th overall in the 100 backstroke posting a time of 46.85.
“We knew we would have to repeat or break our school records to be able to score, and that’s what panned out,” head coach Marc Long said. “We weren’t quite there, we were a little off this meet, and we’re not swimming tonight, and that’s about where we’re sitting.”
Neither Betulius nor Trussov made the cut for the finals set for 7 p.m. March 27.
Trussov thought his performance was much like the previous and the magnitude of the NCAAs had some effect on his performance.
“I don’t think it’s really a recovery thing, I think it’s more psychological,” Trussov said. “I had some nerves before the race.”
Trussov will race in the 200 breaststroke.
Betulius was also upset in his performance in the 100 backstroke.
“I’m disappointed,” he said. “Knowing that my midseason would have been A final, I put a lot of pressure on myself and had a lot of expectations, but it is what it is. I’ll try to move on from that swim still got another race in the two back tomorrow, so I’ll get back in there tonight, work some pace 50s and go from there.”
This is also an emotional meet for Betulius because the 100 backstroke has historically been his best race, and as a redshirt senior, this was his final college performance in that race.
Despite the disappointing performances of Trussov and Betulius brought on in part by the pressure of competing in the NCAAs, they looking ahead.
“They’re experienced athletes but not necessarily in a meet like this,” Long said. “Now we have to get ready for the events we have left.”