Hoosier Men Fall at Michigan, 158-82
Jan. 9, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The 20th-ranked Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened 2010 with a 158-82 dual meet loss at No. 7 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Hoosier divers led the way with a sweep of all three events, led by first-place finishes from David Piercy in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events. Teammate Casey Johnson took the platform title with a score of 341.78. Zac Nees was third in the 1-meter (264.82), fourth in the 3-meter (248.69) and third in the platform (336.15). Johnson took fourth in the 1-meter (250.64) and third in the 3-meter (293.62).
Indiana's lone victory in the swimming competition came in the 100 freestyle as Ante Zoricic touched the wall in 46.05. Mark Wetzel was sixth (48.19), followed by Daniel Kanorr in seventh (49.00) and Bryan Chovanec in eighth (49.27). Bader Al-Muhana posted an exhibitioned time of 51.04.
The Hoosier started the afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Doug Spraul, Aaron Opell, Tim Blue and Bryant Honsa combined for a time of 3:28.30. In the 1,650 freestyle it was Illya Larin leading the way with a fourth-place finish (15:52.46). Bart Ginocchio was sixth with a season-best time of 16:12.10, followed by Brenden Butler in seventh (16:29.27) and Alex Kotliarsky eighth (16:29.96).
Titus Knight took second in the 200 free (1:39.53), as Zoricic came in sixth (1:44.25), John Schnittker seventh (1:44.79) and Bryant Honsa eighth (1:45.58). Posting exhibitioned times were Jon Hueni (1:45.84), Al-Muhana (1:50.77) and Ryan Downey (1:51.08-season best).
In the 50-yard sprint to the wall, Chovanec took third in 21.00, followed by Kanorr sixth in a season-best time of 21.59. Wetzel was seventh (21.72) and Spraul eighth (23.02). Al-Muhana had an exhibitioned time of 23.18.
Kevin Happ led the way in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.51, good for fifth place. Opell followed in sixth at 1:57.34, with Sam Trahin seventh (1:59.64) and Austin Steel eighth (1:59.69).
Tyler Shedron's time of 1:52.13 earned him a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, with Blue placing fifth (1:56.60), Hueni sixth (1:56.84) and Trahin eighth (1:57.87). Al-Muhana had an exhibitioned time of 1:58.06, which is a season best.
Spraul was fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:50.82), as Happ took sixth with a season best of 1:54.09. Rounding out the Hoosier contingent were Steel in seventh (1:59.24) and Blue eighth (2:00.41).
Knight followed up his second-place finish in the 200 free with a third-place showing in the 500 free (4:32.01). Larin finished fifth (4:41.34), with Shedron sixth (4:42.30) and Butler eighth (4:52.84). Exhibitioned times came from Schnittker (4:42.55-season best), Kotliarsky (4:50.92) and Downey (4:51.99-season best).
Opell was a second-place finisher in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 2:06.20. Butler was third in 2:13.39, Steel fourth (2:16.34-season best) and Trahin fifth (2:18.47).
In the final event of the day, Zoricic, Knight, Honsa and Shedron went 3:05.60 for a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle. The third-place team of Chovanec, Larin, Wetzel and Schnittker touched the wall in 3:13.98, while Hueni, Al-Muhana, Kanorr and Happ were fourth (3:20.35).
The Hoosiers are back in the pool next Saturday as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion, site of the 2010 Big Ten Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championships.
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