No. 7 Indiana Men's Swim and Dive Falls Short at No. 4 Michigan, 165-133
Jan. 12, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ben Hesen was a double winner in the backstroke events and the No. 7 Hoosiers dominated in the diving well, but it was not enough as the Indiana men's swimming and diving team fell 165-133 at No. 4 Michigan Saturday afternoon.
It was nearly an identical score to the last meeting between the schools, a 167-133 win for the Wolverines on Nov. 2 in Bloomington.
"I think we showed a lot better depth than when we first met in the fall," said head coach Ray Looze. "The biggest positive from today is that we were able to score more people in the meet. The guys are a little beat up and we lost a couple of close races. If we could have taken six or seven of the swimming events, I think we could have won the meet. There were maybe five races that I think we should have won but they were just able to overtake us on the last lap or just out-touched us at the wall. That is still something we have to overcome in order to beat a team this good."
The 200-yard medley relay team of Hesen, Ronnie Hehn, Todd Patrick and Matt Lenton opened the meet with a winning time of 1:28.72 for an NCAA B cut. John Kevin Koehler placed third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:40.43), while Alex Brunfeldt was fourth (15:41.05).
Patrick's time of 3:52.27 in the 400-yard individual medley is an NCAA B cut and was the fastest of the afternoon. Steven Murry was fourth with a time of 3:57.67, also a season best.
Koehler swam a season-best time of 1:37.26 in the 200-yard freestyle, as the NCAA B time earned him a second-place finish. Titus Knight was fifth (1:41.34) and Cody Weik seventh (1:43.43).
Hesen continued his dominance in the 100-yard backstroke, earning first-place honors with a time of 49.30. He also took top honors in the 200 back (1:46.31) with Kurt Bassett third (1:48.01).
The Hoosiers went 2-3-4 in the 100-yard breaststroke as Pat Penoyar took second (55.37-season best), Ronnie Hehn third (56.99) and Heath Tameris fourth (57.24). In the 200 breast it was Penoyar third (2:03.38) and Alec Haley fifth (2:06.60). Haley was the top IU finisher in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.34, good four fourth place.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Lenton was second in 20.73, while A.J. Miller was seventh (21.51).
Indiana went 1-2-3 on the platform with freshman Landon Marzullo posting a winning score of 378.08. David Legler was second (328.43), followed by Will Bohonyi (313.05). Marzullo added another win in the 3-meter event with a score of 388.35. Kris Hill was second (358.05) and Taylor Roberts third (346.57).
"I am very pleased to see so much improvement since our last competition in December," said head diving coach Jeff Huber. "We challenged them to come together and show the characteristics of a champion. We had a great training camp over the break and really came together as a team. I like what I saw here today, but we still have a ways to go before the Big Ten championships."
Patrick posted his second-fastest time this season in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall second in 44.93. Lenton finished fourth (46.24) and Knight seventh (47.04). Koehler was the top finisher in the 500-yard freestyle with a fifth-place time of 4:36.94.
Hesen posted his third victory of the afternoon in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.79, just 2/100ths of a second off his season best. A.J. Miller was fifth (50.81).
The meet concluded with the 800-yard freestyle relay and the Hoosier team of Knight, Koehler, Cody Weik and Bassett took third (6:51.50).
"We are built for the conference meet and I still think we can win the Big Ten championship," Looze said. "I am confident in these guys and how hard they have worked. We just haven't quite gotten over that hill yet."
Indiana is back in action next weekend as it travels to No. 6 Tennessee on Jan. 18 for a dual meet.
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