Betulius has once last chance

Grant Betulius will not swim another 100 backstroke as a college athlete.

Iowa senior Grant Betulius has swam the last 100 backstroke of his college career. Betulius touched out of the March 27 prelimnariess in 27th place with a 46.85.

“It’s disappointing knowing what I went midseason would have A finale,” Betulius said after the swim. However, the senior’s college career is not over yet.

He will swim at least one more event, the March 28 200 backstroke preliminaries, with the chance of making it back to the finals.

The senior said he will move on from this finish to refocus on the 200 backstroke, however disappointing the 100 may have been.

“I consider myself a pretty mature swimmer. I’ve rebounded from a lot,” Betulius said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Betulius said this would not be his last 100 backstroke. He said he plans to continue swimming after graduation.

At this meet, the Hawkeye have just been off, said head coach Marc Long. That extends past Betulius, but he had arguably the best chance to make finals, which would have garnered All-American honors for the second time in his career. The Hawkeye captain finished ninth at the NCAA Championships his sophomore season.

He will still leave with the school record in both backstrokes and as part of the medley relays from this season, but the NCAA Championships are not panning out the way he or his coach thought they would.

“On a personal note, you want them to do their best,” Long said. “I feel for Grant because he didn’t get that top eight or isn’t in that position, but he’s got a chance tomorrow.”

The March 28 shot, however, will be his last as a Hawkeye, a reality that doesn’t quite feel real yet. Betulius, like every senior swimmer, will be honored at the end of the championships for his four years of service.

“I don’t know if it’s hit me yet,” Betulius said. “I’m sure after my last race it will be a little more emotional.”

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