Men's Swimming

    Hoosiers Tied for Second After Day One of the Big Ten Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Landon Marzullo finished second in the one-meter springboard competition with 412 points.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Landon Marzullo finished second in the one-meter springboard competition with 412 points.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 26, 2009

    PHOTO GALLERY | Results

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana picked up points in all six events, led by a second-place finish from Landon Marzullo on the one-meter springboard, and the Hoosiers are currently tied for second place after day one of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Michigan is the leader with 277.5 points. Indiana and Minnesota are tied for second with 154 points each. Purdue is fourth (142) and Ohio State (136) rounds out the top five. The meet runs through Saturday, with prelims for the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke starting at noon tomorrow.

        "I thought we had an okay morning," said head coach Ray Looze. "Tonight could have been a lot better. Our guys need to be tougher when the pressure is on. That is really critical. We have a young team and they have to understand how challenging and competitive this meet is going to be.

        "Our places in the relays...we are capable of doing far better. We need to split faster on relays than we do elsewhere. Tonight, hopefully will leave a bad taste in their mouths and they will come out swinging tomorrow because we are going to be in a battle for second place, without question."

        The night began with the 200-yard freestyle relay as Matt Lenton, Ante Zoricic, Bryan Chovanec and A.J. Miller combined for a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:18.52. Lenton began the relay by covering the opening 50 in 19.67, matching his time in the 50-yard free prelims earlier in the day.

        In the 500 freestyle, Eric Ress posted the fastest time by a Hoosier this year with a fifth-place time of 4:19.37. Titus Knight, Jim Barbiere and Bart Ginocchio represented the Hoosiers in the consolation final, with Barbiere bettering his career time by 2/100ths of a second to finish 10th overall in 4:22.52. Knight was 11th (4:22.81), followed by Ginocchio in 15th (4:24.32). Swimming the bonus final, freshman Tony Mattar placed seventh in the heat and 23rd overall with a time of 4:27.57.

        Ress also had the fastest swim of the morning for IU, taking third in his heat with a then-career best of 4:21.33. Knight finished third in the seventh heat with a time of 4:21.79. Barbiere hit the NCAA B standard with a time of 4:22.54 to win his heat. Ginocchio also came in under the B cut with a time of 4:23.52.

        Mattar was six seconds faster that his career best with a time of 4:24.23 to win the sixth heat. That is also an NCAA B cut. Freshman Ryan Hinshaw was sixth in the same heat with a time of 4:31.08. Freshman Tyler Shedron knocked 10 seconds off his career best with a time of 4:27.74 in the second preliminary heat. Senior Steffan Troxel was fourth in his heat with a lifetime best of 4:28.95.

        Aaron Opell, Cody Weik and Miller swan the consolation final of the 200-yard individual medley, with Weik taking 10th in 1:47.01, just 2/100ths of a second out of the ninth-place slot. Opell was 14th (1:48.40) and Miller 16th (1:48.48).

        Weik set a new personal best with a time of 1:46.87 to finish third in the sixth heat of the morning. Opell bettered his career time, going 1:47.21 to finish fourth in the heat. Miller touched the wall in 1:47.49 for fifth in his heat. Daniel Sliwinski placed third in his heat with a season best of 1:49.30.

        In his final Big Ten meet, Lenton took third in the 50 free with a time of 19.59.Zoricic was seventh overall with a time of 20.08 in the championship final. Chovanec placed sixth in the consolation heat and 14th overall with a time of 20.21.

        Lenton led the Hoosiers in the morning swim with a time of 19.67. In the same heat, Chovanec touched the wall in 19.76. Zoricic went under 20 seconds for the first time in his career, also coming home in 19.76. Chovanec and Zoricic were in a swim-off with Ohio State's Joel Elber for the final two spots in the championship final. Zoricic won the swim-off with a time of 19.87, while Chovanec finished third in 20.10.

        Tyler Lemert clocked a career best of 20.67 for second in the second heat. Heath Tameris was fifth in his heat with a lifetime best of 20.96. Justin Peterfish took third in the first heat with a time of 21.69.

        On the one-meter springboard, sophomore Landon Marzullo placed second with a score of 412.00. Linus Altman-Kurosaki placed fifth in his first Big Ten meet with a lifetime-best score of 373.45. Marzullo led through every round of the prelims and finished with a career-best 412.45 points for his six-dive set.  Altman-Kurosaki also recorded a lifetime best in the preliminary round with a score of 367.40, a number he surpassed in the evening finals.
        The first day concluded with the 400-yard medley relay as Ress, Tyler Lemert, Lenton and Barbiere raced to a seventh-place finish with a time of 3:14.36. Ress led off with a personal best of 47.60 on the backstroke leg.

    500 Freestyle
    5. Eric Ress- 4:19.37 (4:21.33 prelims)
    10. Jim Barbiere- 4:22.52 (4:22.54 prelims)
    11. Titus Knight- 4:22.81 (4:21.79 prelims)
    15. Bart Ginocchio- 4:24.32 (4:23.52 prelims)
    23. Tony Mattar- 4:27.57 (4:24.23 prelims)
    31. Tyler Shedron- 4:27.74
    39. Steffan Troxel- 4:28.95
    49. Ryan Hinshaw- 4:31.08

    200 Individual Medley
    10. Cody Weik- 1:47.01 (1:46.87 prelims)
    14. Aaron Opell- 1:48.40 (1:47.21 prelims)
    16. A.J. Miller- 1:48.48 (1:47.49 prelims)
    31. Daniel Sliwinski- 1:49.30

    50 Freestyle
    3. Matt Lenton- 19.59 (19.67 prelims)
    7. Ante Zoricic- 20.08 (19.76 prelims)
    14. Bryan Chovanec- 20.21 (19.76 prelims)
    36. Tyler Lemert- 20.67
    46. Heath Tameris- 20.96
    58. Justin Peterfish- 21.69

    1-Meter Diving
    2. Landon Marzullo- 412.00 (412.45 prelims)
    5. Linus Altman-Kurosaki- 373.45 (367.40 prelims)
    17. Jonathan Dohring- 287.35
    18. Will Bohonyi- 286.65
    23. Robert Dohring- 253.00

    200 Freestyle Relay
    5. Matt Lenton, Ante Zoricic, Bryan Chovanec, A.J. Miller- 1:18.52

    400 Medley Relay
    7. Eric Ress, Tyler Lemert, Matt Lenton, Jim Barbiere- 3:14.36




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