Chovanec Takes Second in 50 Free at Big Ten Championships
Feb. 25, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Bryan Chovanec won his first-ever individual medal with a silver in the 50-yard freestyle to highlight day two of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Indiana is currently in fifth place with 123 points. Michigan and Ohio State are tied in the top spot with 274.5 points, with Minnesota third at 180 points.
In the sprint to the wall, Chovanec was sixth after he made the turn at 25 yards but surged ahead into the second-place spot with a season best and NCAA B time of 19.86. Ante Zoricic was third in the consolation final and 11th overall with a time of 20.30.
"Bryan Chovanec getting second place in the 50 free was a true highlight," said head coach Ray Looze. "Bryan was a walk-on, so to see a guy go from that point all the way to second in a major competition was a thrill."
"It was kind of surprising, actually," Chovanec said. "I turned around, looked up and couldn't believe it. It is very exciting and I was very happy with it.
Chovanec was just 2/10ths of a second off his career best, taking second in his heat with a time of 19.94, an NCAA provisional mark and the seventh fastest of the morning, putting him in the championship final. Zoricic was fifth in the same heat with a time of 20.31. Freshman Daniel Kanorr won his heat in a career time of 20.71, finishing 28th, while senior Mark Wetzel was second in the same heat at 20.88, good for 35th. Sophomore Sean Ransenberg took second in his heat with a career best time of 20.90, placing him 37th. Bucking the trend of most, junior Bader Al-Muhana swam the 50 free as a butterfly, finishing second in his heat with a career best mark of 21.87 (63rd).
Competing at his first Big Ten meet, junior Illya Larin finished seventh in the consolation final and 15th overall with a time of 4:26.61. Sophomore Tyler Shedron was eighth in the consolation final and 16th overall, touching the wall in 4:30.07. Sophomore Andrew Taylor finished fifth in the bonus final and 21st overall with a time of 4:26.45. Sophomore John Schnittker was eighth in the bonus final, 24th overall, with a time of 4:30.77.
Larin and Shedron went 2-3 in the fifth heat with both posting career bests. Larin was second in 4:24.70, an NCAA provisional time, while Shedron also recorded a provisional mark with a time of 4:24.89. Knight took sixth in his heat with a season best of 4:25.70. That qualified him for the bonus final, but he opted not to swim. Schnittker surpassed his career best by almost nine seconds to win heat four in a time of 4:25.77, giving him an NCAA provisional mark. In the same heat, freshman Alex Kotliarsky recorded a career best of 4:28.90, finishing 33rd overall. Taylor bested his career time by more than 10 seconds with an NCAA B cut of 4:26.31, winning the third heat. Freshman Bryant Honsa and junior Bart Ginocchio went 1-2 in the second heat with Honsa just missing an NCAA cut with a career best time of 4:28.73, placing 32nd. Ginocchio recorded his fastest time of the season at 4:30.67, finishing 40th. Competing in the first heat, freshman Ryan Downey was fourth in the race and 59th overall with a career time of 4:38.89.
Senior Aaron Opell was seventh in the consolation final of the 200 individual medley and 15th overall with a time of 1:48.75. Freshman Sam Trahin was second in the bonus final and 18th overall with a time of 1:48.82, a career best and NCAA B Cut. Freshman Austin Steel was fourth in the bonus final, 20th overall, with a time of 1:51.30, a new career best.
In the morning prelims, Opell topped his career best with a time of 1:47.10. That is an NCAA provisional mark and put him in the consolation final. Trahin won heat four with a mark of 1:49.12. Steel was sixth in the same heat with a time of 1:51.75. In heat three, senior Tim Blue finished fifth in his morning heat with a time of 1:52.36, a career best and good for 37th.
In the consolation final, Ante Zoricic bested his morning swim by 1/100th of a second, finishing third in the heat and 11th overall with a time of 20.30, bettering his NCAA provisional time.
In the 1-meter springboard competition, senior David Piercy won the consolation final, finishing ninth overall, with a score of 340.30. Making his first Big Ten Championships appearance, freshman Zac Nees placed fourth in the consolation final and 12th overall, tallying 304.80 points. Also making his championship debut, freshman Casey Johnson placed sixth in the consolation final and 14th overall with a score of 299.60. Piercy was 10th in the prelims with a score of 300.65, while Johnson finished 11th (294.25) and Nees 12th (293.80). Mick Dell'Orco placed 21st in the prelims with a score of 253.55.
"The medley relay put up a very good time," Looze said. "Hopefully that gives us some great momentum heading into tomorrow."
15. Illya Larin - 4:26.61 (4:24.70 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)
16. Tyler Shedron - 4:30.07 (4:24.89 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)
Titus Knight - 4:25.70 prelims (season best; NCAA B Cut) (placed 20th in prelims)
21. Andrew Taylor - 4:26.45 (4:26.31 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)
24. John Schnittker - 4:30.77 (4:25.77 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)
32. Bryant Honsa - 4:28.73 (career best)
33. Alex Kotliarsky - 4:28.90 (career best)
40. Bart Ginocchio - 4:30.67 (season best)
59. Ryan Downey - 4:38.89 (career best)
200 Individual Medley
15. Aaron Opell - 1:48.75 (1:47.10 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)
18. Sam Trahin - 1:48.82 (career best; NCAA B Cut) 1:49.12 prelims
20. Austin Steel - 1:51.30 (career best) 1:51.75 prelims
37. Tim Blue - 1:52.36 prelims (career best)
2. Bryan Chovanec - 19.86 (season best; NCAA B Cut) 19.94 prelims
11. Ante Zoricic - 20.30 (season best; NCAA B Cut) 20.31 prelims
28. Daniel Kanorr - 20.71 (career best)
35. Mark Wetzel - 20.88 (season best)
37. Sean Ransenberg - 20.90 (career best)
63. Bader Al-Muhana - 21.87 (career best)
9. David Piercy - 340.30 (300.65 prelims)
14. Casey Johnson - 299.60 (294.25 prelims)
12. Zac Nees - 304.80 (293.80 prelims)
21. Mick Dell'Orco - 253.55 prelims
400 Medley Relay
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