Men's Swimming

    Men's Swimming and Diving Falls to Northwestern in Big Ten Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Roberts won both the one-meter and three-meter against the Wildcats.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Roberts won both the one-meter and three-meter against the Wildcats.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 27, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's 12th-ranked men's swimming and diving team dropped its first Big Ten meet of the season, falling to No. 8 Northwestern at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Oct. 27 by a score of 163.5-136.5.

    The Hoosiers (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) got a pair of wins out of Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts, but could not match the Wildcats' depth on the day.

    In easily the most highly anticipated event of the meet, Hesen squared off with the Wildcats' Matt Grevers in a thrilling 100-yard backstroke. Hesen, who tied for fourth in the event at the 2006 NCAA Championships, and Grevers, the two-time defending national champion, didn't disappoint, as the two were neck-and-neck the entire way and finished dead even with identical times of 47.24 to share first place.

    Hesen also won the 200-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:50.86 to win going away.

    Roberts swept both springboards on the day as Indiana's diving squad put forth an impressive performance. Roberts crushed the competition in the one-meter, winning with a score of 348.00, 71.70 points higher than second-place finisher Alex Kiaie of the Wildcats. Indiana's Justin Montrie and David Legler finished third and fourth, respectively.

    Roberts, Montrie and Legler went 1-2-3 in the three-meter, with Roberts winning with a score of 328.35.

    Todd Patrick also had a pair of solid performances on the day, as he won the 100-yard freestyle in 44.95, and was touched out by Grevers in the 50-yard freestyle. Grevers won the event in 20.07, while Patrick was second in 20.40.

    Pat Penoyar earned the Hoosiers' only other win of the day in the 100-yard breaststroke. He claimed the event in 56.22.

    Northwestern (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) never trailed in the meet, leading from the opening relay. The Wildcats took first and third to bolt out to a 13-4 lead, and never looked back. Indiana brought the score 99.5-88.5 after Hesen's win in the 200 back, but would get no closer.

    Indiana returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 28, when it will host No. 19 Arizona State at noon.




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