Hoosiers Close Out NCAA Championship in Record-Setting Fashion
March 29, 2008
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Indiana's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Todd Patrick, Matt Lenton, Ben Hesen and Ante Zoricic set a new school record with a time of 2:55.25 to close out the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
With the 11th-place finish in the 400 free relay, Indiana finished 10th overall at the championships with 166 total points. This marks the first time in school history that both the men's and women's teams have posted top-10 finishes at the NCAA meet in the same season. Arizona took home the team title with 500.5 points, followed by Texas (406), Stanford (344), California (332.5) and Auburn (316). Michigan was the top Big Ten finisher in sixth (271.5) followed by the Hoosiers, Minnesota (11th), Northwestern (85) and Ohio State (63).
"It was fantastic to finish top 10 with the men and combined with the women," said head coach Ray Looze. "To close out with a school record on the 400 free relay was a nice way to punctuate the evening. Overall, we did the best we could today. We ran out of gas a bit in certain events but overall it was a fantastic season and one that we will remember and build upon.
"We've got IU back on the map and hopefully we can use this to help us attract the kind of kids in the future that will help us move into the top five and beyond."
Patrick, Lenton, Hesen and Zoricic finished 13th in the 400 freestyle relay prelims at 2:55.85. That is the third-fastest time in school history, just behind the previous school record of 2:55.44 set by Lee Houchin, Kevin Swander, Colin Russell and Todd Patrick in 2005.
In an upset, Hesen, who won the NCAA title in the 100 backstroke last night, did not qualify for the championship final of the 200 backstroke, missing out on the eighth and final spot by 1/100th of a second. Hesen touched the wall in 1:42.41 for ninth place, with Michigan's Andre Schultz taking eighth in 1:42.40. In the championship final Hesen was sixth to finish 14th overall with a time of 1:44.68.
In the 1,650-yard freestyle, John Kevin Koehler set a new personal best and recorded the fifth-fastest time in IU history with a 15:02.86 to finish 11th. Alex Brunfeldt clocked in at 15:24.24 (27th) and Steven Murry was 30th (15:51.54).
Landon Marzullo led the Hoosiers in the final diving event with a 13th-place finish on the platform (338.45). Marzullo advanced to the consolation final after finishing 10th in the prelims with a score of 362.95. Taylor Roberts finished 18th in the platform prelims with a score of 294.25.
Patrick just missed a spot in the consolation final of the 200 butterfly, coming in 18th at 1:45.26. It took a time of 1:45.20 to advance to the consolation final. Competing in the 200 breaststroke, Ronnie Hehn finished 30th (2:00.53) while Pat Penoyar was 32nd (2:00.95).
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