Indiana Starts Year with 189-108 Victory Over Kentucky
Oct. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving season is off to a quick start with a 189-108 win over the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.
"I told the team I was excited going into this meet because we are a bit of an unknown right now and Kentucky is a very good team," said head coach Ray Looze. "It was nice to see the young guys, and even some of the veterans, step up.
"It is a good first step, but we still have a long way to go."
The meet got off to an exciting start as the men's 200 medley relay was in a dead heat heading into the final 50 where Kentucky's Eric McGinnis out touched Ante Zoricic for first as the team of Doug Spraul, Tyler Lemert, Matt Lenton and Zoricic took second in 1:32.27.
It was a race between Eric Ress and Stefan Troxel for first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with the freshman Ress holding off the senior Troxel with a time of 9:26.31. Troxel touched second in 9:27.74, followed by Ryan Hinshaw in third (9:33.96) and Bart Ginocchio fourth (9:35.51).
Doug Spraul was second in the 100 back (50.79), as freshman Jim Barbiere put up a third-place time of 51.75. Kevin Happ was fourth (52.42), while Mark Wetzel swam an exhibition time of 52.38, and Frazier Miller finishes his exhibition swim in a time of 51.53. The men had a 14-point lead over the Wildcats (44-30) through eight events.
Sophomore Landon Marzullo got his season off on the right foot on the one-meter springboard with a score of 372.40, more than 70 points better than second-place finisher Justin Smith of Kentucky. Competing in his first dual meet, freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki was third (288.65), followed by Robert Dohring (4th- 251.95) and Jonathan Dohring (5th- 244.10).
Bryan Chovanec's career-best time of 20.11 in the 50 free was good for first, leading a 1-2-3 finish for the Hoosiers with Zoricic second (20.20) and Lenton third (20.30). Freshman Cameron Owen was eighth with a mark of 21.99.
Zoricic led Indiana's 1-2 finish in the 100 free, clocking in at 44.72 with Knight second in 45.19. Lenton placed fourth (45.88), and Owen seventh (47.67).
Ress won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.96 as Spraul finished third (1:53.00) and Barbiere fourth (1:53.04). Happ's time of 1:55.45 placed him fifth, with Frazier Miller recording a time of 1:54.92 in his exhibition swim.
Marzullo swept the diving events in grand fashion with a pool-record score of 421.30 on the three-meter, nearly 100 point better than runner-up Linus Altman-Kurosaki (324.25). Robert Dohring was fourth (269.00) and Justin Dohring fifth (252.95). Marzullo's score was just off the school record of 423.39 set by Thomas Davidson in 2001.
Knight won the 500 free in 4:28.87, with Ress second (4:33.31). Troxel touched fourth (4:38.79), followed by John Schnittker in sixth (4:47.61).
Matthew O'Brien won the 100 fly with a career-best time of 50.17. He was followed by Owen in fourth (51.14), Shedron in fifth (52.44) and Spraul in sixth (52.72).
The Hoosiers return to the pool next Friday as they play host to Big Ten foe Northwestern at 3 p.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.
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