Hoosiers Come Up Short in Dual With Purdue, 176-124
Feb. 6, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Titus Knight won all three of his individual races and paced the Hoosier 400 freestyle relay team to victory but it was not enough as the Boilermakers came away with a 176-124 dual meet win over Indiana Saturday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Indiana's next competition is the Big Ten Championships, February 24-27, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
"Today was a mixed bag for us," said head coach Ray Looze. "We had some great performances and on the flip side we left some of our best performances in the pool. We missed some opportunities in the distance and breaststroke events.
"But today I saw some of the development of our younger talent. Ryan Downey had a great exhibition mile, and Daniel Kanorr swan well in his 50 free exhibition. It is nice to see some of the younger guys coming around. I was also pleased with the performance of our seniors. They went out with a lot of pride."
Purdue entered the meet with a 31-7 lead after the diving competition was held on Jan. 23 in West Lafayette. David Piercy took third in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 342.68. Casey Johnson was fifth (320.25), with Mick Dell'Oroco seventh (265.89) and Zac Nees eighth (264.83). In the 3-meter competition, Piercy finished fifth with 324.75 points, while Johnson was sixth (302.10) and Nees seventh (300.60).
Indiana's quartet of Doug Spraul, Brenden Butler, Tim Blue and Sean Ransenberg finished third in a season-best time of 1:32.55. Ante Zoricic, Aaron Opell, Bader Al-Muhana and Bryan Chovanec were fourth in 1:32.79. Kevin Happ, Sam Trahin, Jon Hueni and Daniel Kanorr took sixth in 1:34.66.
Titus Knight had a full body length on the next-fastest finisher for most of the 200 freestyle, winning in a time of 1:38.05. That is the fourth-fastest time by a Hoosier this year, all of which have come from Knight. John Schnittker was sixth in 1:42.26, a season best, and Mark Wetzel seventh in 1:47.30.
Spraul posted his fourth win of the season in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.89. Austin Steel took third in 51.61, while Kevin Happ was fifth (51.73). Steel's time was a career best, while it was a season best for Happ.
Opell touched the wall third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.49, the fifth-fastest time by a Hoosier this season. Butler was fifth in 59.05, followed by Sam Trahin in seventh (1:00.84). That is a season best for Trahin.
Tyler Shedron took second in the 200 butterfly in 1:49.25, the third fastest IU time this season. Shedron owns the Hoosiers nine fastest times in the race this year. Hueni was fifth in 1:52.39 (season best), with Christopher Head sixth (1:52.83-season best) and Blue seventh (1:53.06).
In the all-out sprint to the wall, Chovanec raced to his then-fastest time of the season with a winning mark of 20.70. Zoricic was third in 20.81, while Sean Ransenberg was sixth (21.33-season best) and Wetzel eighth (21.55-season best). Competing in an exhibition heat, Daniel Kanorr went a lifetime best of 20.90. Later in the meet Chovanec swam a time trial of the 50 free, bettering his time with a 20.55.
Knight picked up his second win of the day with a season best of 44.71 in the 100 free. That is the fastest time by a Hoosier this year. Zoricic was second in 45.92, with Shedron fifth (46.56-season best) and Kanorr eighth (47.11-season best).
Spraul made it an event sweep in the backstroke, taking the 200 back in 1:47.33, a season best. Happ was fourth in 1:53.12, with Steel fifth (1:53.48). Both times were season bests.
Butler took third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.50, with Opell fifth (2:08.54). Trahin closed out the IU contingent in seventh (2:10.85). Butler's mark was a season best.
In the 500 free, Knight surged to the lead on the bell lap, finishing in 4:29.36 for his third win of the meet. Kotliarsky was fifth in 4:34.71, seven seconds faster than his previous season best. Larin took seventh in 4:38.30, with Bryant Honsa eighth (4:43.34). Competing in an exhibition heat, Taylor posted a season best of 4:34.59, as did John Schnittker (4:36.52), Ryan Downey (4:49.29) and Kuhlke (4:54.60).
Blue was the top Hoosier finisher in the 100 butterfly, taking fifth in a time of 50.48. Shedron was sixth in 50.72, with Hueni seventh (50.99) and Al-Muhana eighth (51.06). Blue, Hueni and Al-Muhana all posted season bests.
In the 200 individual medley, Butler was just of his season best, finishing second in 1:54.37. Trahin was third in 1:55.05, nearly three seconds faster than his previous best. Happ took fourth in 1:56.00, also his fastest swim of the season. Opell finished seventh in 1:58.43. In an exhibition, Steel posted a season best of 1:53.66.
Indiana and Purdue were neck-in neck in the final event of the day the 400 free relay. After a fast start by Zoricic, Knight extended Indiana's lead on the second leg, with Shedron maintaining the advantage on the third leg. Honsa held on and brought the Hoosiers home for the win in 3:02.12. That is the Hoosiers' fastest time of the season by exactly a second. The team of Ransenberg, Wetzel, Kanorr and Taylor took third in 3:07.94, with Chovanec, Hueni, Blue and Schnittker fifth (3:10.82).
"We have not yet had the comprehensive meet we need to be successful," Looze said. "Our goal over the next few weeks is to prepare mentally. The challenges we face are our confidence and mental toughness. We need to work at performing consistently."
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