Indiana Topples No. 19 Arizona State, 156-132
Oct. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - No. 12 Indiana knocked off its second ranked opponent of the season on Saturday, Oct. 28, topping No. 19 Arizona State at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center, 156-132.
Hesen, Penoyar, Walkotten and Patrick got the meet started on the right foot for the Hoosiers (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten), turning in a time of 1:31.07 to easily win the 200-yard medley relay. Arizona State's Sean Boyle, John Dwelley, Max Laney and Steve Neuwart were nearly four seconds off the pace, finishing in 1:34.93.
Hesen and Patrick continued their early dominance, winning three individual events each.
Hesen took the 100-yard backstroke for the third straight meet, winning in 50.00, then completed the sweep in the back events by cruising to a win in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.40, more than three seconds ahead of second-place Ante Cvitkovic of the Sun Devils (1:54.57).
Hesen capped his big day with a win in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 49.76 to edge ASU's Boyle (50.08).
Patrick took the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle for the second time this season, as he also turned the triple against Kentucky on Oct. 21. Patrick touched in 1:39.69 to claim the 200 free, then snagged the 50 free in 20.70. The junior from Chesterfield, Mo., completed the sweep with a time of 45.48 in the 100 free, edging Arizona State's Neuwart (45.71).
Penoyar claimed both breaststroke events, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.95 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:03.53. The Hoosiers swept the top four spots in the 100 breast, as Ronald Hehn, Heath Tameris and Justin Peterfish finished second through fourth, respectively.
Walkotten picked up a victory in the 200-yard butterfly, taking the event in 1:51.92. Walkotten was in second place entering the final 25 yards, but kept the pressure on Arizona State's CJ Nuess, eventually pulling ahead for the come-from-behind win.
Roberts earned the win in the one-meter, posting a score of 361.50 to best ASU's Mickey Benedetti. Benedetti took the three-meter with a score of 410.92, with Roberts finishing second with a score of 346.87 and IU's Justin Montrie taking third with a 311.17 mark.
Lucas Azevedo won both the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:24.27) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:32.53) for the Sun Devils, while Nuess placed first in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:58.03. ASU closed the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with Neuwart, Magnus Kjellberg, Mohammed Madwa and Azevedo winning in 1:24.50.
The win over the Sun Devils (1-2) got the Hoosiers back in the win column following their loss to No. 8 Northwestern on Oct. 27. Indiana opened the season with a win over No. 18 Kentucky on Oct. 21.
"It was nice to get back on the winning track," head coach Ray Looze said. "It's good to have Nick Walkotten back in the lineup, he definitely gives us some more flexibility. Again, Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick were indispensable. That close win by Nick in the 200 fly I thought really turned the tide of the meet, because he was losing the whole way. The breaststrokers did an outstanding job. They showed some improvement today. I really can't say enough about the diving. It looks like they had a great day over in the other pool. Hopefully we can use this and build on it and get ready for next week."
The Hoosiers return to action on Nov. 3, in the first day of a two-day double dual against Texas and California in Austin, Texas.
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