Hoosiers Top Kentucky to Open Dual Season, 175-125
Oct. 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's men's swimming and diving team officially opened its 2006-07 season with a 175-125 win over Kentucky at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The Hoosiers (1-0) never trailed in the meet, winning the first four events before the Wildcats (0-1) broke through with a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. Juniors Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick both claimed four wins on the day for Indiana, while Pat Penoyar and Alex Brunfeldt took a pair of events each.
Hesen, Penoyar, Patrick and Lee Houchin opened with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, touching in 3:19.76 to easily top the Wildcats' relay, which was 1.44 seconds behind. After Hesen got the Hoosiers out to a decent lead, Kentucky's Mickey Malul was able to close the gap a bit in the breaststroke leg. But Patrick turned in a solid effort in the butterfly to open up another IU lead, and Houchin closed with a strong swim in the freestyle to cap the win.
From there it was all Hoosiers, as Indiana swept the top four spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle, with Brunfeldt picking up his first win of the day in a time of 9:25.07. Steffan Troxel followed in second place, while Ryan McNeill was third and Jensen Ried was fourth.
Patrick then picked up a win in the 200-yard freestyle, blowing the field away in 1:40.00. Kentucky's Kyle Greene was a distant second, finishing in 1:42.40. Hesen capped the early Indiana run with a win in the 100-yard backstroke, holding off UK's Shane Eliason with a time of 50.23.
Malul snapped the Hoosiers' win streak with his victory in the 100 breast, which he took in 56.15. Penoyar hung with Malul, but finished in 56.87 to nab second place.
Kentucky made it two in a row in the 200-yard butterfly, as Grant Nelson easily outdistanced the field to win in 1:51.78. James Batley gave the Wildcats a 1-2 sweep, as he was second in 1:53.57. Steven Murry took third for the Hoosiers, finishing just behind Batley in 1:53.84.
Patrick earned another win in the 50-yard freestyle, touching in 20.48 to hold off Kentucky's Eric McGinnis, who touched in 21.29.
Justin Smith picked up another win for Kentucky with the top score of 295.80 in the one-meter dive. Indiana's Taylor Roberts was close behind with a score of 289.72, while freshman David Piercy took third in his first collegiate meet with a score of 288.45.
Patrick completed his sweep of the sprint free events with a win in the 100-yard freestyle, touching first in 45.03, 1.57 seconds faster than second-place McGinnis. Hesen then picked up his third win of the day in the 200-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:49.55.
Penoyar followed that with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching in 2:04.20, while Murry was second for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers then padded their lead with a 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle, with Brunfeldt taking first in 4:33.96 and John Kevin Koehler not far behind in second. Hesen then claimed his fourth event of the day, posting a time of 49.37 in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Hoosiers took four of the top five spots in the three-meter dive, with Roberts, David Legler, Will Bohonyi and Justin Montrie placing second through fourth, respectively. Smith complete his sweep of the boards with a score of 326.25 for the win.
"I was pleased," head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "I thought David Piercy really did some nice things on one-meter, and then on three-meter he threw two brand new dives. Taylor Roberts did a great job. Inward three and a half, that's the first time he's done that. There are probably only three guys in the country doing that dive, and he did it the first time for 5.5. So we're really pleased, that's a nice sign."
Murry picked up the Hoosiers' final win of the day with his 1:54.50 effort in the 200-yard individual medley.
Kentucky closed the meet with a relay win, as Alexander Forbes, Warren Grobbelaar, McGinnis and Eliason turned in a time of 3:04.14 to take the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The meet served as the season opener for both squads, although the Hoosiers did compete in their annual Cream vs. Crimson exhibition meet in September.
"It was nice to see some younger guys and some guys that haven't had to step up, step up," head coach Ray Looze said. "I think Todd Patrick and Ben Hesen were both great leaders today, winning all their events. I don't know where we'd be without them, because we're a little shorthanded. I thought the distance guys were outstanding. I'm pleased with how the guys are working. We've got some developing to do out of the freshmen so they can step up and score some points as the competition gets even stiffer as the season progresses."
Indiana returns to action on Friday, Oct. 27, when it will host Big Ten foe Northwestern at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center at 4 p.m.
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