Eleven All-America Certificates Highlight Day One of NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
March 27, 2008
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The Indiana University men's swimming and diving team took home 11 All-America certificates for a strong day-one showing at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Hoosiers are currently seventh with 72 points.
Leading the way was senior Todd Patrick who took third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:44.55, the best finish by an IU swimmer in the event since Fred Tyler won the national title in 1975. Patrick avenged his second-place finish in the event at the Big Ten Championships by out-touching Big Ten winner Alex Vanderkaay by two one-hundredths of a second. Patrick qualified for the final when his prelim time of 1:44.74 was fourth-fastest in the morning session. That was also the third-fastest time in school history, with all three times held by Patrick. Steve Murry finished 47th with a time of 1:52.15.
"This is a guy that has never scored big in finals or even consolation finals at this meet ever (as an individual)," head coach Ray Looze said. "So it is nice to see him show up and get a third-place like that. He has grown up a lot and I think he is going to have a fantastic meet if he keeps doing what he is doing."
"It felt pretty good," Patrick said. "I didn't medal last year so to medal this year was a great accomplishment. It gives me confidence heading into the 400 IM tomorrow."
The quartet of Patrick, Matt Lenton, Ben Hesen and Ante Zoricic finished eighth in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:19.14. The team qualified for the championship final with a time of 1:18.45 in the prelims, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of ninth-place finisher LSU. That is the second-fastest time in school history, just behind the mark of 1:18.34 they set at the Big Ten Championships. It is also the best-ever Indiana finish in the 200 free relay at the NCAA Championships.
"The 200 free relay, that is the biggest crapshoot in this meet," Looze said. "To get in there top eight, it has been awhile since we have done that. Historically it hasn't been a strong one (for us). It was a good accomplishment for the guys to get in there and get some big final points."
Indiana's 400 medley relay team of Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Patrick and Lenton qualified 10th with a time of 3:10.12 and finished second in the consolation final and 10th overall, bettering their time by more than a second at 3:09.09. Hesen's leadoff time of 45.72 in the backstroke in the morning prelims was the fastest backstroke split on the morning, while the team's championship time is the third fastest in school history.
"It was nice to see our medley relay drop a second from the morning," Looze said. "We didn't move up because Auburn was pretty good, but we were able to hold 10th place and that was a very good time for us this season. We just have to keep taking this a session at a time and be willing to scratch and claw our way through this competition because good things will happen if we can do that."
On the 1-meter springboard it was freshman Landon Marzullo moving up to finish fourth in the championship final with a score of 387.40. Taylor Roberts finished 12th with 330.95 in the consolation final, earning the second All-America honor of his career. Marzullo placed fourth in the prelims with a score of 333.50, while Roberts edged into the consolation final in 14th place with a score of 310.30. Just one-tenth of a point separated Taylor from Ohio State's Sean Moore who claimed the 16th and final spot.
"I couldn't be happier with my performance," Marzullo said. "I am only a freshman, so I have three more years to go. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the three meter tomorrow. I was really consistent and it sets me up for tomorrow."
"It was a great start to the meet and I am really looking forward to tomorrow," said head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I thought we did a lot of good things. Landon did a great job. Taylor did a great job of hanging in there after missing (a dive). Every dive after he missed his back he moved back up into the top 16 and then in the semifinals moved up another couple of spots. I am real pleased for today and am ready for tomorrow."
NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships- Day 1
200-yard Individual Medley
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