Jan. 7, 2010
NO. 20 INDIANA AT NO. 7 MICHIGAN
January 9, 2010 - Noon
Ann Arbor, Mich.
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers return from their winter break with one of their toughest challenges of the season as they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a meet against Big Ten foe Michigan.
The Wolverines are the defending Big Ten Champion.
The meet will be split up over two days with the first day on Jan.8 an exhibition event beginning at 5 p.m.
The actual dual meet between the schools will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at noon.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers are coming off a 175.5-123.5 loss at Kentucky on Dec. 5, where they finished with seven event victories.
Illya Larin earned his first collegiate win in the 1,000 free, while Doug Spraul swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.
Tyler Lemert earned the sweep in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
David Piercy won the men's 1-meter springboard event, while Brenden Butler won the 400-yard individual medley.
At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, Titus Knight swam his fastest time of the season in the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.65 in the prelims. He went on to finish 13th in the event.
Knight also improved his time in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:26.69 (NCAA B) and finishing 15th. Tyler Shedron posted his fastest time of the year at the meet (4:29.11).
Shedron also took 13th in the 200 butterfly and came home with IU's fastest time of the year (1:48.81).
Aaron Opell was 23rd in the 200 IM and clocked his best time of the season at 1:49.78.
Opell also took 15th in the 400 IM, posting a B cut of 3:55.64.
Ante Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Opell finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:03.12.
The quartet also took ninth in the 800 free relay (6:45.67), 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:33.18) and ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:19.65).
The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. He is currently undefeated in both events.
Spraul owns the five fastest IU times this year in the 200 back and five of the six fastest times in the 100 back.
Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting a 4:29.57.
Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-six Hoosier times in the event this year.
Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45).
Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay.
In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Junior Matthew O'Brien is one of the top returning butterfliers after taking 10th in the 100 fly at Big Tens last season.
Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
Indiana took home seven event titles in a 175.5-123.5 loss at Kentucky on Dec. 5.
Doug Spraul, Tyler Lemert, Bader Al-Muhana and Bryan Chovanec combined for a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a score of 1:33.47. That was followed by newcomer Illya Larin's first college victory with a time of 9:21.51 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Larin also took third in the 500 free with a time of 4:38.57.
Freshman Bryant Honsa was the top Hoosier finisher in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.61, good for third place. Larin also finished in the top five, placing fifth in 1:44.14.
Spraul swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 back in a season-best time of 49.77. He also put up a season best in the 200 back with a winning time of 1:47.86. Junior Zack Stockman was third in the 100 back with a time of 52.63.
Lemert also had an event sweep, taking both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. Lemert put up a season-best time of 57.08 in the 100 breaststroke and followed up with a season-best mark of 2:06.39 in winning the 200 breaststroke.
Indiana went 2-3 in the 200 butterfly with Tim Blue taking second in 1:43.03. Jon Hueni recorded his fastest time of the season with a third-place mark of 1:53.33. Blue also led IU in the 100 butterfly with a fourth-place finish (51.03).
A pair of Hoosiers posted fourth-place finishes in the sprint freestyle events, with Chovanec taking fourth in the 50 free in 20.81, tying his season best. Honsa was fourth in the 100 free, touching the wall in 47.43.
At the diving well, Zac Nees led a 2-3 Indiana finish in the 3-meter springboard competition, with Nees tallying 308.55 points. David Piercy was third with 286.95 points. The two traded spots in a 1-2 finish on the 1-meter springboard as Piercy won the event with 304.65 points, followed by Nees in second with a 301.95 score.
Brenden Butler was victorious in the 400-yard individual medley with a mark of 4:04.42, while Kevin Happ took second in a time of 4:06.13. That time is a season best for Happ.
The meet ended with the 200-yard freestyle relay as Chovanec, Mark Wetzel, Lemert and Stockman took third in 1:24.47
HOOSIERS RANKED 20th IN DUAL MEET POLL
In the second poll of the season released on Dec. 16, Indiana is No. 20 in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Division I coaches poll.
The Hoosiers were No. 18 in the first poll released.
A total of five Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 7 Michigan. Minnesota is No. 8, followed by No. 12 Ohio State, No. 19 Purdue, and the Hoosiers.
Texas, whom the Hoosier swam on Oct. 30, is the top-ranked team, followed by Stanford and California.