Cream Holds off Crimson as Indiana Kicks off 2006-07 Swimming and Diving Season
Sept. 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the two teams separated by just one point entering the final event of the day, the Cream squad withstood a late charge from the Crimson team, 153-147, as Indiana kicked off its swimming and diving season with its annual Cream vs. Crimson meet at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Sept. 29.
With the Cream nursing a 142-141 lead entering the 200-yard freestyle relay, the event became a winner-take-all, with the winner of the relay assured of claiming the meet title. The relay didn't disappoint, as the Cream's Todd Patrick, John Kevin Koehler, Nick Walkotten and Lee Houchin held off the Crimson's Drew Ossakow, Mark Wetzel, Ronnie Hehn and Matt Lenton with a time of 1:25.14.
Trailing after the first three legs, the Crimson nearly pulled off the comeback, as Lenton made up quite a bit of time in his leg. The Australian was touched out at the wall, however, and the Crimson finished in 1:25.53, just 0.39 seconds off the Cream's pace.
Overall, the squads both won eight events.
Walkotten came up big for the Cream with wins in the two butterfly events. The 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year took the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.68, and sophomore A.J. Miller was second as the Cream swept the top two spots. Walkotten also took gold in the 200-yard butterfly, as his time of 1:55.71 was nearly three seconds faster than the rest of the field.
Houchin took first for the Cream in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle. His time in the 200 free was 1:43.45, just edging the Crimson's Drew Sease's 1:43.70 effort. Houchin took the 100 free in 46.59, which was more than a second faster than the next finisher.
Roberts swept both diving events on the day for the Crimson. His score of 195.35 in the one-meter was good for first place by 25.65 points, while his 234.85 effort in the three-meter was 38.85 points better than that of the second-place finisher.
Swander, who exhausted his collegiate eligibility in 2006, captured both breaststroke events for the Crimson squad. Swander took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.43, and followed that with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:05.20, just touching out Washington transfer Pat Penoyar, who finished in 2:05.31.
Also picking up wins were Koehler for the Cream in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:37.92), Miller for the Cream in the 100-yard backstroke (52.75), Lenton for the Crimson in the 50-yard freestyle (20.51), Patrick for the Cream in the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.84), Alex Brunfeldt for the Crimson in the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.24) and Steven Murry for the Crimson in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.09). The Crimson's 200-yard medley relay unit of Tyler McGowan, George Grcevich, Sease and Ossakow picked up a win in the event in 1:38.22.
"I thought the meet went pretty well," head coach Ray Looze said. "It was about what I expected. We're working hard right now. The kids were ready to do some racing, and we got that under our belt. We tried to set up the teams so that they would be pretty even and the meet could be close at the end, and I think we accomplished that. We also got a better idea of who will be on our travel squad."
The Hoosiers will open the season against outside competition on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they will host Kentucky at 1 p.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Final results for the Cream vs. Crimson meet can be found here.
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