Hoosiers Take Out Northwestern, 158-129
Oct. 24, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team kept its perfect dual meet record in tact with a 158-129 win over the Northwestern Wildcats Friday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.
"The guys really stepped up and swam hard," said head coach Ray Looze. "Some of the freshmen struggled a bit, but we were able to come away with a comfortable win. Hopefully we have built some momentum and are ready to face two of the top teams in the nation in Texas and Michigan next week."
Indiana took the first event as Eric Ress, Aaron Opell, Matthew O'Brien and Ante Zoricic combined for a time of 3:32.61. It was a 1-2 finish for IU as Doug Spraul, Tyler Lemert, Cameron Owen and Bryan Chovanec touched second (3:25.17).
Steffan Troxel was the top Indiana finisher in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:35.34, good for second. Bart Ginocchio was fourth with a time of 9:37.16, closely followed by Ryan Hinshaw in 9:37.38 and Ress in 9:40.56.
The Hoosiers took first and third in the 100 backstroke race with Spraul taking top honors (50.74) and Mark Wetzel third (53.21).
Indiana sprinted to a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 free, led by Matt Lenton who finished in 20.32. Chovanec was second (20.79) and Zoricic third (21.02).
Landon Marzullo kept his win streak alive in the one-meter springboard, totaling 352.30 points to beat out teammate Linus Altman-Kurosaki (319.35). The Hoosiers dominated the event with Jonathan Dohring third (282.45), and Robert Dohring fourth (280.90).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Lenton took first out of lane 7 with a time of 45.19. He was followed by Knight (45.60) in second, Zoricic (47.49) in fifth and Chovanec in sixth (48.71).
Ress followed up last week's victory in the 200 back with another win today, posting a time of 1:50.68. Spraul was second (1:51.06), with Happ fourth (1:56.55) and Barbiere fifth (1:56.73).
For the second consecutive week Opell swept the breaststroke events with a winning time of 2:04.71. Lemert was fourth (2:08.59), Peterfish fifth (2:11.47) and Andrew Taylor seventh (2:24.97).
Knight improved upon last week's time in the 500 freestyle with a second-place mark of 4:27.01. Ress was third in 4:40.18, with Troxel fourth (4:41.42) and Barbiere sixth (4:44.80).
Marzullo kept on the winning path by taking the three-meter springboard title with a score of 393.05. Robert Dohring placed third with a score of 314.20, while Altman-Kurosaki was fourth (296.50) and Jonathan Dohring sixth (277.60).
Lenton went 49.91 to win the 100 butterfly, while O'Brien was second (50.13). Owen placed fourth (51.90) and Spraul sixth (52.51).
Opell added another victory to his haul with a time of 3:57.94 in the 400-yard individual medley. Weik was second (3:59.10), as Happ placed fifth (4:11.96) and Tony Mattar sixth (4:22.00).
In the final event of the afternoon, the 400 free relay team of Knight, Zoricic, Chovanec and Lenton finished first with a season-best time of 3:00.99.
The Hoosiers head north next weekend to take on Texas and Michigan in a double dual meet in Ann Arbor, Mich. The meet runs Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Canham Natatorium.
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