Hoosiers 19th at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships After Day One
March 15, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS - Indiana's 400-yard medley relay team earned All-America honorable mention with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Thursday, March 15.
Juniors Ben Hesen, Pat Penoyar and Todd Patrick and freshman Matt Lenton turned in a time of 3:10.90 to pick up 12 team points for the Hoosiers. Indiana sits tied for 19th with Virginia and Purdue with 12 points after the first day of competition. Auburn leads the meet with 187 points.
Hesen's leadoff split of 45.76 was good for the third-best 100-yard backstroke time in school history, while his 45.96 split in the morning preliminary session was good for fourth.
Sophomore Steven Murry turned in a 32nd-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:47.99, just 0.16 seconds off his career-best time.
Lenton posted the seventh-best time in Indiana history in the 50-yard freestyle, stopping the clock in 19.97. The time was good for 28th in the prelims.
The Hoosiers' 200-yard freestyle relay of Koehler, Penoyar, Brunfeldt and Murry was disqualified in the morning's first event.
"We finished 11th in the medley relay, so we dropped a little bit from our seed time," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "We were ninth this morning and improved our time tonight, but we're struggling to put four good splits together. Tomorrow we're going to need to do that to finish as highly as we'd like to. We're in 19th right now and we'll try to move ourselves up substantially tomorrow."
Indiana resumes action at the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 16.
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