Hoosiers Fall to No. 18 Purdue, 125-118
Jan. 27, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana's 11th-ranked men's swimming and diving team stumbled in its final dual meet of the season, falling to No. 18 Purdue at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, 125-118 on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Juniors Alex Brunfeldt and Todd Patrick won a pair of individual events apiece, while sophomore Matt Lenton took the 50-yard freestyle and led off the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay. Indiana (4-4-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) picked up seven event wins on the day, but was done in by a trio of disqualifications. Two of the Hoosiers' entries in the 400-yard medley relay were disqualified, while Ben Hesen was DQed in the 200-yard backstroke.
"When you make mistakes, you've got to point the finger at the coach," head coach Ray Looze said. "We just made too many mistakes to be able to win on the road against a good team. It cost us the meet and we learned a real tough lesson. As I told the team, this one's on me. I'll take responsibility for the loss. Now we'll put it behind us and get ready for Big Tens."
The meet got off to a rocky start for the Hoosiers, as Indiana's "A" unit of Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Nick Walkotten and Patrick and "C" unit of John Kevin Koehler, Justin Peterfish, Mark Wetzel and Paul Sigfusson were both disqualified in the 400 medley relay. Purdue would go on to sweep the top three spots in the event, bolting out to an early 15-2 lead.
The Boilers returned the favor in the next event, as John Schmitt posted a time of 1:39.66 in the 200-yard freestyle to lead the way to a 1-2-3 Purdue finish. Indiana's Koehler was the Hoosiers' top finisher, as he posted a time of 1:42.08 for fourth.
Lenton picked up his first win of the day in the 50 free, besting his career-best time with a 20.34 effort. Patrick claimed the next event, turning in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.06 to take the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Steven Murry finished third in 1:51.48.
Sam Wilcher picked up a win for Purdue (7-6, 4-4) in the 200-yard butterfly, touching out Walkotten in 1:48.58. Walkotten took second with a 1:48.78 effort for the Hoosiers.
Patrick earned his second win of the day in the 100-yard freestyle, touching in 45.09. Koehler was the top Indiana finisher in the 200 back, as he turned in a time of 1:51.87. Freshman Aaron Opell continued to drop time, posting a 1:53.30 effort to more than six seconds off his previous career best.
Brunfeldt earned his second win of the afternoon in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 4:32.32. McNeill was third in 4:35.03. Penoyar earned a win in the 200-yard breaststroke for the fourth consecutive meet, taking the event in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:00.31.
The Hoosiers closed the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Lenton, Lee Houchin, Hesen and Walkotten combined for a time of 3:00.29 for the victory.
In the dive well, Taylor Roberts posted the seventh-best score in school history in the three-meter, taking the event with a 390.98 effort. Justin Montrie (323.63), David Legler (287.55) and Will Bohonyi (287.10) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Bohonyi was the Hoosiers' top finisher in the platform, as he posted a score of 324.90 for third. Legler was fourth with a 296.48 mark.
"We did some nice stuff," Indiana diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "I was very pleased. We had some nice surprises. Will Bohonyi just gets better every time he dives. David Legler was a little off today, but he's had a real good semester. Taylor looked good and won three-meter, and I thought Justin Montrie did a nice job today. He was very steady. All in all, I was pleased. We're on target."
Indiana will now prepare for the Big Ten Championships, which will be held Feb. 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio.
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