Legler and Patrick Lead Hoosiers on Final Day of IU Open Invite
Nov. 19, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior David Legler dominated the platform and classmate Todd Patrick picked up his third win of the weekend as the 13th-ranked Hoosiers completed competition at the three-day IU Open Invitational at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Nov. 19.
Legler cruised through the preliminary session of the platform with a score of 325.65, while Purdue's Jon Perez was a distant second with 287.25 points. Legler kept the pressure on in the final, turning in an even more decisive victory. The Blue Springs, Mo., product posted a six-dive score of 337.10 to easily top second-place Zachary Schultz of Purdue, who turned in a score of 279.35.
"On the men's side, David Legler came out the winner, which was great," assistant diving coach Todd Waikel said. "I mean, that guy just keeps training and training and training and doing what we ask, and he just keeps getting better. We can't ask for anything more. We're very pleased about that. The rest of our men did an outstanding job, too. This is an outstanding marker for us. We don't get a chance to do a lot of tower, so guys got up there, they did their lists. I saw some great stuff, but we've got a lot of work ahead of us. At this point in the season we're real pleased with where they're at."
Patrick earned the Hoosiers' lone swimming win on the day with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle. Patrick touched in 44.92 to win by nearly a full second over Cincinnati's Marcel Kleiner. Senior Lee Houchin and junior Ben Hesen also earned finals swims in the event, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.
Indiana turned in a stellar showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle, as former Hoosier All-American Sergiy Fesenko won with a time of 15:07.37. Sophomore Steffan Troxel was behind him in second in an NCAA "B" cut time of 15:30.45, while junior Alex Brunfeldt also achieved a provisional cut with his third-place time of 15:30.72. John Kevin Koehler and Ryan McNeill finished fourth and fifth, while Steven Murry, Paul Sigfusson and Norman Ference finished 7-8-9.
Hesen posted a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:47.48. Nick Walkotten was sixth in the final with a time of 1:56.35, while freshman Aaron Opell was seventh in 1:57.53.
IU was well-represented in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, with former Indiana All-American Kevin Swander placing second in 2:02.49 to pace five current members of the squad. Murry finished third in the event, while A.J. Miller was fourth, Pat Penpoyar fifth, Heath Tameris sixth and Alec Haley seventh. Ronald Hehn won the consolation heat for the Hoosiers.
Indiana closed the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Hesen, Patrick, Walkotten and Houchin posted a time of 3:03.47, but were touched out at the wall by Louisville's relay.
"We really need to work on our preliminary swimming as a team," head coach Ray Looze said. "This was a good three-day format meet dry run, but we've got work to do on waking up, going from a finals session, waking for the next morning and getting the job done. That's really what decides your points in a prelim/final meet, is who you qualify in prelims. We had some people that just didn't belong in certain heats, or didn't make it back at all. I don't think we took our competition seriously, and that you never want to do. Time and time again in sports, if you do that, you get slapped in the face. We were a beneficiary of that earlier in the season, and I think it's good to learn that lesson now. Every team has to learn it. We're working very hard. This tells us a lot about where we need to go from here. With the men, depth is still a big question mark for us. Our best swimmers perform well, win races, but we still need to develop our younger people."
The Hoosiers will next send a delegation of student-athletes to the U.S. Open in West Lafayette, Ind., from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
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