Men's Swimming

    Hoosiers Fifth After Day 3 of Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Aaron Opell finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday night.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Aaron Opell finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday night.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 26, 2010

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Led by a sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke from senior Aaron Opell, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team is currently in fifth place after day three of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

    Ohio State leads the competitin with 592.5 points, followed by Michigan (512.5) and Minnesota (321). Indiana has 193 points, 28 points ahead of sixth-place Michigan State.

    "We had a really good morning and we were a couple of big finals and consolation finals from making it a great morning," said head coach Ray Looze. "Tomorrow is going to be a huge day for us. We have to get the job done in prelims and get more big finalists and individual scorers."

    Bryan Chovanec, runner up in last night's 50 free, Ante Zoricic, Titus Knight and Tyler Shedron opened the night with the 200 freestyle relay. Chovanec led off with a 19.87 over the first 50, with Shedron anchoring the group to a time of 1:20.07, finishing seventh. That is the fastest time of the season for IU and an NCAA B cut.

    In the 400 individual medley, Brenden Butler nearly matched his career mark with a time of 3:50.74 in the consolation final, finishing 11th overall and posting an NCAA B cut in the process. Sam Trahin took 13th overall with a time of 3:52.21, with Kevin Happ 16th in 3:55.47. Austin Steel improved upon his morning swim with a career best of 3:59.43 in the bonus final to finish 23rd overall.

    Trahin ran away with his heat, winning in a time of 3:51.06. That is more than 20 seconds faster than his previous best and is an NCAA B cut. It was also the 10th fastest time of the morning, putting Trahin in the consolation final. Happ placed second in heat two with a career best and NCAA provisional time of 3:52.34, joining Trahin in the consolation final. Steel was sixth in the same heat with a time of 4:01.13. Butler was fifth in heat four with a time of 3:52.43, giving him a spot in the consolation final with Trahin and Happ.

    Bader Al-Muhana finished 20th overall and fourth in the consolation heat with a time of 49.24, just 1/100th of a second off his career best. Doug Spraul won his heat of the 100 butterfly with a season best time of 49.16, exactly 1/10th of a second off his career best. That put him into the bonus final, which he elected not to swim. Al-Muhana was sixth in his heat with a time of 49.39, while Tim Blue was eighth in the heat with a season best of 49.79, good for 27th place.

    Andrew Taylor finished 18th overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.27 in the bonus final. John Schnittker swam a 1:39.56 in the bonus final to finish 21st, with Bryant Honsa 22nd in a time of 1:39.88.

    Alex Kotliarsky won his heat of the 200 free with a career time of 1:40.53, good for 39th. Sean Ransenberg was fifth in the same heat with a career time of 1:42.87, placing him 52nd. Seventh in the heat was Bart Ginocchio (1:42.99- 54th). Taylor took heat three in a career time of 1:39.16, while John Schnittker was third in 1:39.49, and Daniel Kanorr seventh in 1:42.24 (49th overall), both career bests. Honsa was victorious in heat four with a career time and NCAA B cut of 1:38.27. Illya Larin took third in the same heat in a career time of 1:40.21 (33rd overall). Shedron finished fifth in his heat with a career time of 1:38.01, giving him an NCAA B cut. In the final heat of the morning, Titus Knight swam a season best 1:36.94, an NCAA provisional time and just off his personal best of 1:36.16. Knight missed out on the championship final by 3/100ths of a second.

    Senior Aaron Opell set a new personal best in the 100 breaststroke, finishing sixth in a time of 54.15, an NCAA provisional time. That topped his previous personal mark of 54.34 set in the morning prelim swim.

    "I went into the hundred thinking if I took it long and was patient with it, I would be there at the end," Opell said. "But I was a little too patient. I am really looking at an impressive swim tomorrow (in the 200 breaststroke). We'll see what happens.

    In the 100 backstroke, Doug Spraul finished third in the consolation heat and 11th overall with a career time of 48.89, 1/100th of a second faster than his morning swim. Mark Wetzel won the consolation heat and finished 17th overall with a career best time of 49.11, just missing an NCAA provisional time by 9/100ths of a second.

    In the prelims, Wetzel won the opening heat with a time of 49.31. Kevin Happ was third in the second heat with a career time of 49.53, breaking the 50-second barrier for the first time in his career. Zoricic finished fifth in his heat with a career best of 49.25. Spraul was fifth in the final heat with a time of 48.90, just off his personal best of 48.33 set in the 400 medley relay last night.

    In 3-meter diving action, senior David Piercy won the consolation final to finish ninth overall with a score of 373.65, less than a point off his personal best. Freshman Casey Johnson was 13th with a score of 331.05 in the consolation final, with freshman Zac Nees 15th after tallying 327.55 points in the consolation round. Mick Dell'Orco finished 19th in the preliminary round with a score of 295.80, a new career best.

    400 Individual Medley

    11. Brenden Butler - 3:50.74 (season best; NCAA B Cut) 3:52.43 prelims

    13. Sam Trahin - 3:52.21 (3:51.06 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)

    16. Kevin Happ - 3:55.47 (3:52.34 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)

    23. Austin Steel - 3:59.43 (career best) 4:01.13 prelims

    100 Butterfly

    20. Bader Al-Muhana - 49.24 (season best) 49.39 prelims

    23. Doug Spraul - 49.16 prelims (season best; elected not to swim the bonus final)

    27. Tim Blue - 49.79 prelims (season best)

    200 Freestyle

    13. Titus Knight - 1:37.50 (1:36.94 prelims; season best; NCAA B Cut)

    16. Tyler Shedron - 1:38.68 (1:38.01 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)

    18. Andrew Taylor - 1:39.27 (1:39.16 prelims; career best)

    21. John Schnittker - 1:39.56 (1:39.49 prelims; career best)

    22. Bryant Honsa - 1:39.88 (1:38.27 prelims; career best; NCAA B Cut)

    33. Illya Larin - 1:40.21 prelims (career best)

    39. Alex Kotliarsky - 1:40.53 prelims (career best)

    49. Daniel Kanorr - 1:42.24 prelims (career best)

    52. Sean Ransenberg - 1:42.87 prelims (career best)

    54. Bart Ginocchio - 1:42.99 prelims

    100 Breaststroke

    5. Aaron Opell - 54.15 (career best; NCAA B Cut) 54.34 prelims

    100 Backstroke

    11. Doug Spraul - 48.89 (NCAA B Cut) 48.90 prelims

    17. Mark Wetzel - 49.11 (career best) 49.31 prelims

    Ante Zoricic - 49.25 prelims (career best; elected not to swim bonus final)

    Kevin Happ - 49.53 prelims (career best; elected not to swim bonus final)

    3-Meter Diving

    9. David Piercy - 373.65 (323.85 prelims)

    13. Casey Johnson - 331.05 (career best) (326.10 prelims)

    15. Zac Nees - 327.55 (336.50 prelims)

    19. Mick Dell'Orco - 295.80 prelims (career best)

     

     

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