Men's Swimming and Diving Falls to Northwestern in Big Ten Opener
Oct. 27, 2006
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.
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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