Hoosiers Hit NCAA Cuts on Day One of Hoosierland Invite
Nov. 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana swimmers hit a pair of B cuts to highlight day one of the Hoosierland Invite at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The meet continues tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Participating swim teams include Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Truman State.
Titus Knight won the 500 freestyle with a personal best and NCAA B time of 4:21.14. Eric Ress also met the NCAA B cut with a personal best of 4:23.23, finishing second. Cody Weik was fourth (4:29.86), followed by Ryan Hinshaw in seventh (4:31.06).
"The men are really starting to come around," said head coach Ray Looze. "Louisville is a good, experienced team and it has been an even matchup with them. This is a young team, but we have good speed and nice depth. We are still rebuilding, but this has been one of the most fun seasons since I started coaching at IU."
In the morning prelims, Schnittker was victorious in his 500 free heat with a time of 4:35.48. That was more than 12 seconds better than his previous best this season. Barbiere won his heat in 4:34.14, 10 seconds better than his previous season best, and he bettered that mark in the evening session with a time of 4:33.28.
The 200 freestyle relay saw Indiana's A squad of Ante Zoricic, Matt Lenton, Bryan Chovanec and Knight out-touch the Louisville squad with an NCAA B cut time of 1:19.95. That time is just outside IU's all-time top 10.
Lenton was just over a tenth of a second off his personal best in the 50 free with a time of 20.02, finishing third in the championship heat. Bryan Chovanec was fourth (20.23) and Ante Zoricic sixth (20.42).
In morning session of the 50 free Chovanec was the fastest IU qualifier with a time of 20.33, good for fourth overall. Lenton (20.59) and Zoricic (20.56) also finished among the top eight in the morning swim.
In the 200 IM prelims, Mattar finished second in heat three in 1:55.38, while Opell took heat four in 1:50.82. Weik had the fastest qualifying time at 1:50.53.
Indiana closed out the day with a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay as Doug Spraul, Tyler Lemert, Lenton and Zoricic finished in 3:18.24. The B team of Ress, Opell, Weik and Knight were third (3:18.54).
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