Men's Swimming Opens Season with 167-131 win at Northwestern
Oct. 23, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. - Led by triple-individual winner Titus Knight and a team victory in the 200 free relay, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened the 2009-10 season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern Friday evening.
"This win kind of surprised me," said head coach Ray Looze. "We had every excuse to lose, with guys hurt, ill or redshirting, but I was pleased with how our guys fought back and some people that had not been counted on in areas contributed.
"There are a couple of guys I would like to get going a bit better. It all comes down to preparation. If we can get everyone training at a high level and healthy, then we are going to be a much better team."
The 200-medley relay team of Mark Wetzel, Brenden Butler, Doug Spraul and Bryan Chovanec placed second with a time of 1:36.18. Indiana's B team, comprised of Kevin Happ, Ryan Hinshaw, Bader Al-Muhana and Sean Ransenberg took fourth (1:36.37).
Hinshaw placed second in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:30.65. Sophomore John Schnittker was fourth (9:43.19), with freshman Alex Kotliarsky fifth (9:44.24), sophomore Andrew Taylor sixth (9:46.38) and junior Bart Ginocchio eighth (9:50.54).
Trailing 23-13, Indiana made its move in the 200 freestyle, posting a 1-2-3-4 finish. Junior Titus Knight took first in 1:39.30, with sophomore Tyler Shedron second (1:42.15), freshman Bryant Honsa third (1:43.12) and redshirt freshman Austin Steel fourth (1:44.24).
"Titus really stood out tonight," Looze said.
Indiana extended its lead after going 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, led by a first-place finish from Spraul (50.11). Junior Ante Zoricic was second (50.81), with Happ third (52.25). Wetzel finished sixth (55.47).
"Doug's backstrokes were outstanding," Looze said. "He had to do that for us tonight and he has never played that kind of a role. He had a little bit of a breakthrough there."
The Hoosiers saw their 16-point lead cut to five at 49-44 after the 100 breaststroke, where Butler led the way with a third-place finish (59.10). Taylor was sixth (1:03.35), senior Christopher Head seventh (1:07.29) and freshman Ryan Downey eighth (1:09.37).
Shedron placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.78, followed by senior Tim Blue in fourth (1:52.93), sophomore Jon Hueni in sixth (1:53.91) and Honsa seventh (1:57.99). That put Indiana just two points ahead of Northwestern at 57-55.
Indiana went 1-2 in the 50 free as Chovanec won the race in 20.81. Zoricic was second in 20.96, with Ransenberg fifth (21.80) and Wetzel sixth (22.15). The finish gave the Hoosiers a 69-62 lead.
Knight earned his second win of the evening with a time of 45.44 in the 100 free. Zoricic was second in 46.15, followed by Chovanec in sixth (47.79) and Ransenberg seventh (48.76).
Spraul made it a clean sweep of the backstroke events with a time of 1:49.61 in the 200 back. Happ was third (1:55.01), with Blue fourth (1:56.59) and Steel sixth (1:58.42). That race put the Hoosiers on top, 105-82.
In the 1-meter competition, Nees picked up his first collegiate win with a score of 264.50, while Dell'Orco was second (255.90) and Johnson third (252.60).
Butler took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.58), with Hinshaw sixth (2:16.80), Taylor seventh (2:21.06) and Head eighth (2:28.37).
Knight's third win of the night came in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:31.12. Shedron was third (4:40.56), Honsa fifth (2:42.73) and Schnittker sixth (4:47.42). Competing in an exhibition heat, Kotliarsky posted a time of 4:47.76.
Blue took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.66, followed by Bader Al-Muhana in third at 51.49. Hueni was fourth (51.53) and Spraul fifth (52.21). Freshman Daniel Kanorr swam an exhibition time of 55.65.
The individual events concluded with the 400 individual medley, as Butler took second with a time of 4:09.00. Happ was fourth in 4:09.31, with Steel sixth (4:14.53) and Hinshaw seventh (4:15.54).
Indiana's 200 free relay team of Chovanec, Zoricic, Wetzel and Knight capped the meet with a first-place finish (1:22.60), while the B team of Ransenberg, Shedron, Kanorr and Honsa took third (1:26.39).
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