March 28, 2009
PHOTO GALLERY | USA Swimming Sectionals - Day 3 and 4 Results
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Three days of competition at the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close Saturday night and several young Hoosiers made their mark on the national scene.
As a team, Indiana's five-man group finished 25th overall with 25 points, fifth among Big Ten schools.
Sophomore Landon Marzullo closed out the meet with his second All-America honor, finishing fifth in the platform final with a score of 425.20. That tops his finish of 13th last season and makes him a five-time All-American for his career. Freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki completed his first NCAA appearance with a 21st-place finish, tallying 296.70 points which is a personal best. The strength of Big Ten diving was on display at the meet as four of the eight championship finalists hailed from the conference, including David Boudia who won his second NCAA title of the meet this evening.
Marzullo's top-five finish came after a disappointing performance on the three-meter springboard yesterday.
"Sometimes it is very difficult to come back and turn that around," said head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "When you get in a slump like that, sometimes it carries through. In my mind he was a champion tonight to come through, get in the finals and dive even better in the finals. I thought it was a great tribute to his character."
Sophomore Cody Weik shaved nearly two seconds off his career best in the 200 butterfly, winning his heat in a time of 1:44.77. That is the fifth-fastest time in school history and placed him 27th overall in the prelims.
Freshman Eric Ress placed sixth in his heat and 21st overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.31. That ties his own mark for third fastest in school history. It would have taken a near-personal best for Ress to have qualified for the consolation final with the cut-off time at 1:41.83. Ress swam a 1:41.35 at the Big Ten Championships last month. Last night Ress took sixth in the 100 backstroke for his first All-America honor.
In his final collegiate event, senior Matt Lenton missed out on winning his heat of the 100 free by 1/100th of a second, touching the wall in 43.84. That placed the Australian 38th overall.
21. Eric Ress - 1:42.31 prelims (tied for third-fastest time in school history)
38. Matt Lenton - 43.84 prelims
27. Cody Weik - 1:44.77 prelims (fifth-fastest time in school history)
5. Landon Marzullo - 425.20 (400.90 prelims) - All-American
21. Linus Altman-Kurosaki - 296.70 prelims