Men's Swimming

    Hesen Finishes Second in 100 Back, Hoosiers Move up to 14th at NCAAs

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Ben Hesen was the national runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Ben Hesen was the national runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 16, 2007


    MINNEAPOLIS - Indiana junior Ben Hesen finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in school-record time at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Friday, March 16.

    The Hoosiers moved into a tie for 14th in the team standings with 51 points, thanks in large part to Hesen's effort. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native tuned in a time of 45.45 in the finals of the event to eclipse his own school record of 45.52, which he set at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 17.

    Indiana's 200-yard medley relay put on quite an impressive display in the finals of that event, finishing ninth in 1:26.80 to take All-America honorable mention. The quartet of Hesen, juniors Pat Penoyar and Todd Patrick and freshman Matt Lenton moved up from 16th in the preliminaries of the event to secure a crucial 18 points for the Hoosiers.

    After breaking his own school record in the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:47.84, sophomore Steven Murry posted a 13th-place finish in the finals of the event with a time of 3:49.09 to capture All-America honorable mention.

    In the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly, Patrick finished 28th with a time of 47.74, the seventh-best time in school history. Penoyar just missed an evening swim in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing 17th in the prelims with a time of 53.93, also the seventh-best mark in school history in that event. His time was just 0.01 out of 16th place, the last spot in the consolation finals.

    "We moved up quite a bit in our relay," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "It was nice to go from 16th to ninth. Murry's morning swim was just exceptional, and we're pleased that he broke his record and finished 13th. Hesen finishing second and breaking the school record is great, and we're really proud of him. We want to finish as high as we can as a team and we've got a big day ahead of us tomorrow. We're proud of what of what the guys are doing so far."



    The NCAA Championships conclude on Saturday, March 17. Auburn leads the meet with 380 points, while the Hoosiers are tied for 14th with Georgia.


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