Hoosiers Top No. 14 Ohio State on the Road, 154-146
Jan. 6, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana's men's swimming and diving team picked up wins in 11 of the 16 events contested and set three pool records, topping No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion by a score of 154-146.
The 15th-ranked Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) got three individual wins from junior Todd Patrick and two each from juniors Ben Hesen and Pat Penoyar and sophomore Nick Walkotten to top the Buckeyes for the third time in the last four seasons.
Indiana opened the meet with a season-best time in the 200-yard medley relay, as Hesen, Penoyar, sophomore Matt Lenton and Patrick turned in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:28.60 for the win.
Freshman George Markovic picked up Ohio State's first win in the next event, turning in a time of 9:15.16 for the win in the 1000-yard freestyle. Hoosiers Alex Brunfeldt and John Kevin Koehler followed in second and third, respectively, with Brunfeldt turning in a time of 9:17.33 and Koehler posting a 9:20.35 mark.
Patrick then won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:38.52 to start a run of eight consecutive Hoosier wins in swimming events. Hesen followed suit with a win in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.56. Hesen has already posted an automatic qualifying time on the season.
Indiana turned in a one-two finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Penoyar claiming first in a pool-record time of 56.05 and sophomore Heath Tameris finishing second in 56.55. Nick Walkotten set a McCorkle record of his own in the next event, touching in 1:48.29 to erase the old mark in the 200-yard butterfly and edge Ohio State's Matthias Sigrist for first.
Lenton, making his Hoosier debut, won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.41. Patrick kept the roll going for the swimmers, winning the 100-yard freestyle in a pool-record time of 45.01. OSU's Joe Doyle finished in 45.62 for second.
Hesen earned his third overall win on the day in the 200-yard backstroke, blowing away the field in a "B"-cut time of 1:45.48. Ohio State's R.J. Lemyre came in second in 1:48.56, more than three seconds off Hesen's pace.
Penoyar capped the run with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching in 2:01.31 for his third overall win on the day.
Markovic got the Buckeyes back in the win column with his 4:29.27 effort in the 500-yard freestyle, while Brunfeldt and Koehler again followed in second and third, respectively. Brunfeldt touched in 4:31.00, while Koehler posted a time of 4:34.19.
The Hoosiers got back on track with a win in the following event, as Walkotten earned his second victory of the day with a time of 48.89 in the 100-yard butterfly. Patrick claimed Indiana's final win of the day in the 200-yard individual medley, stopping the clock in 1:50.19.
OSU took the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:03.60 after the Hoosiers' "A" relay squad of junior Drew Ossakow, Hesen, Lenton and Walkotten were disqualified.
The Buckeyes swept the diving events, taking the top five spots in the one-meter and the top three in the three-meter. Freshman Berkley Showe won the one-meter in 361.12 and set a new pool record in the three-meter with a score of 397.87.
Junior Justin Montrie was the Hoosiers' top finisher in the one-meter, turning in a career-best score of 287.92 to finish sixth, while sophomore Will Bohonyi took fourth place in the three-meter with a score of 290.40. Indiana was without All-American Taylor Roberts, who suffered an injury in practice and was unable to compete.
"We had good swims," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "Ohio State was ranked one spot ahead of us and we were pretty tired coming in, but the guys did a good job. We were able to win without our best diver. We weren't at our best in diving and they're very good in that. I was pleased that without one of our All-Americans we were able to pull out a win. It was a good win for us, and it gets some momentum going moving foward to Michigan."
The Hoosiers will face the 12th-ranked Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.
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