Hoosiers Post First Draw in Program History, Tying Michigan, 150-150
Jan. 13, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The 15th-ranked Hoosiers battled a tough Michigan squad to a draw on the road on Saturday, Jan. 13, tying the 12th-ranked Wolverines, 150-150.
The tie was the first in program history for Indiana, which started its varsity program in 1923.
Indiana (3-3-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten) won nine of the 16 events contested, but Michigan (5-4-1, 2-0-1) swept the top two spots in the final event, the 800-yard freestyle relay, to force the tie and kept its conference unbeaten streak alive. The Wolverines have not lost in Big Ten dual action in 38 consecutive contests.
Hesen would not lose an event on the day, as he captured the 100-yard backstroke in 49.27, the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.86 and the 100-yard butterfly in 48.82. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native's time in the 200 back was good for a "B" cut, his second in the event in as many meets.
Penoyar swept the breaststrokes for the second time in as many meets, taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 55.52 and the 200-yard breaststroke in an "B" cut time of 1:59.54. The provisional cut was the first of Penoyar's Hoosier career. The Shelton, Wash., native transferred to Indiana from the University of Washington prior to this season.
Roberts earned his first win of the day in the one-meter, posting a score of 359.32. Freshman David Piercy followed in second with a score of 325.65, while sophomore Will Bohonyi was fourth with a 302.25 showing. Both divers' scores were career bests and surpassed NCAA Zone qualifying standards.
The Hoosiers were even better on the three-meter, sweeping the top three spots. Roberts (377.40), junior David Legler (336.22) and Bohonyi (329.40) finished first, second and third, respectively.
"Our men did a fantastic job," assistant diving coach Todd Waikel said. "Taylor Roberts again was as steady as a rock. It was his mental game, it's what we've been working on. He did a fantastic job there. Both David Piercy and Will Bohonyi made their Zones, so that was very big for them. They just did a great job. That was probably the best I've seen Will dive all year."
John Kevin Koehler and Alex Brunfeldt both posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing second and third, respectively. Koehler earned his first "B" cut of the season with a time of 15:28.64, while Brunfeldt turned in a time of 15:29.28 to inch further under the cut he established earlier in the season. Senior Ryan McNeill finished fourth in 15:48.40.
Junior Todd Patrick, the reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, picked up a pair of runner-up finishes on the afternoon, taking second in both the 100- (45.39) and 200-yard freestyles (1:38.48) behind the Wolverines' Bobby Savulich.
Lenton won the 50-yard freestyle for the second straight meet, taking the event in 20.62. Brunfeldt was the Hoosiers' top finisher in the 500-yard freestyle, turning in a time of 4:29.54, while Walkotten was Indiana's top finisher in the 200-yard butterfly with a fourth-place effort of 1:50.45. Sophomore Steven Murry finished fourth in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:58.08 to pace IU in that event.
"That was wild," head coach Ray Looze said. "That was a barnburner. That was a great accomplishment for us. You don't see too many ties here, but I was really, really proud of the swimmers and the divers. It's tough to come in to a place like Michigan and come out with a tie or a win. It shows that we're making progress."
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, with a dual meet against Missouri at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. The event will serve as Senior Day for Indiana seniors Houchin, McNeill, Millard and Paul Sigfusson.
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