Hoosiers Fall Short Against No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Michigan
Nov. 2, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite solid individual efforts, the eighth-ranked Indiana men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Michigan in a double dual meet held at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington. Michigan was a 167-133 winner over the Hoosiers, while Texas came away with a 181-119 victory over IU. In the third matchup it was Texas over Michigan, 168.5-131.5.
"We were able to win a fair share of events against two outstanding teams," said head coach Ray Looze. "That is a big step forward. If you can win against this competition, then you know you can score points at the NCAA meet.
"There is still room for improvement and we need to now focus on developing our depth. We gave out a red `game cap' after this meet and if you see an entire team of red caps out there at the end of the year, then you know you are looking at a championship team."
Ben Hesen staked the Hoosiers to a comfortable lead on the leadoff leg of the 200-yard medley relay. Pat Penoyar kept things up in the breast, followed by Todd Patrick in the fly. Matt Lenton brought IU home with the final 50 yards of freestyle as the Hoosiers touched the wall first with an NCAA"B" cut time of 1:28.37.
Trailing both Texas and Michigan heading into the 100 backstroke, Hesen continued his win streak in the event with a time of 47.75. That win and an eighth-place finish from A.J. Miller (51.28) put IU a point up on the Wolverines and just 11 points back from Texas.
Penoyar was third in the 100 breast at 56.18, while Heath Tameris was fifth (57.61). Patrick put up an NCAA "B" cut in the 200 butterfly, coming in third with a time of 1:47.31. Alec Haley shaved nearly two seconds off his previous season best at 1:51.51, placing sixth.
Lenton continues to improve his time in the 50 free, taking another 4/100ths of a second off by going 20.48 for a second-place finish. The Hoosiers trailed Texas by 30 points (90-60) and were down by 12 to Michigan (81-69) after the 50 free with seven events remaining.
Patrick picked up a big win for the Hoosiers in the 100 free, just missing the "B" cut with a time of 44.67. Knight was eighth (46.31) and Lenton 10th (46.55). Hesen continued to pace the Hoosiers with a "B" cut of 1:44.73 in the 200 backstroke, nearly five seconds than his previous best this season and good for a first-place finish. That win brought IU back to within 10 points of Michigan and 28 points behind Texas.
Penoyer matched his finish in the 100 breast with a third-place time of 2:02.27 in the 200. Haley led a 6-7-8 finish for IU at 2:05.19, followed by Tameris (2:06.39) and Macgregor Leo (2:06.68). Haley set a new career mark in the 200 fly (1:51.51), and Koehler's fifth-place finish in the 500 free led IU (4:30.13). Hesen was third in the 100 fly, bettering his "B" cut time at 47.77.
Patrick added another win for IU with a "B" cut in the 200 individual medley (1:48.86). Steven Murry was seventh (1:52.95) and Miller ninth (1:53.31).
The meet concluded with the 400 freestyle relay as IU's team of Knight, Lenton, Koehler and Ronnie Hehn finished sixth (3:06.43).
"I thought Landon and Kris did a nice job for this time of the season," said head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "The showed some of the mechanical improvements that we have been working on in practice. Now it is time to start seeing more of those improvements in the actual performances of the dives."
The teams are back in the pool tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to swim a double distance meet. Some of the events the squads will swim include the 600 individual medley and the 300 butterfly. For live results of Saturday's events, go to iu.iuhoosiers.com/swimmeet/overdistance07
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