January 9, 2002
Men's Swimming & Diving Notes
vs. Ohio State
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Inside the Series
Indiana holds a 24-16 all-time edge over the Buckeyes with Ohio State winning last season's contest, 149.5-93.5, in Columbus.
Last season, the Hoosiers recorded victories in five of the 13 events competed. The 400-yard medley relay team of Will Bernhardt, Kevin Euans, David Schulze and Don Gold were victorious to open the meet.
Senior Joe Trent was victorious in the mile while sophomore Kevin Euans was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly.
Schulze was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke while senior Tom Davidson was the victor on the three-meter springboard for the Hoosiers. IU is looking to avenge last season's defeat.
Hoosiers Host Big Tens
The 2001-02 season culminates in the Men's Big Ten Conference Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University will play host for the third time in five years. Last season, the Hoosiers finished 6th at the Big Ten meet scoring 284 points.
The venue also hosted last season's women's Big Ten Championship.
Fall Season: An Overall Success
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened this season the same as the last three, with a victory. The Hoosiers opened the year against Evansville and were victorious, 189-103.
The team then took its first road trip to the University of Michigan and were defeated by the Wolverines. The loss was a sour opening to the Big Ten Conference season, but the Hoosiers had another two weeks off and promptly had a successful Indiana Invitational.
Although they did not retain their title, the Hoosiers did manage a second place finish with Texas A&M coached by IU alum Mel Nash winning the event.
U.S. Open: Hoosiers Finish Second Overall
The Indiana men's swimming team finished the U.S. Open on Long Island in second place with a total of 130 points. Freshman Murph Halasz led the Indiana contingent after winning the preliminary round of the 200-meter butterfly and finishing tied for third in the final. The two swimmers ahead of the young Hoosier were two-time Olympian Tom Malchow and world record holder Michael Phelps.
Junior David Schulze finished in fifth in the 200 breast and, along with Halasz, finished in the top six in the 200-meter individual medley as well.
Indiana Men's Swimming Ranked in Top 25
The final College Swim Coaches Association of American Top 25 poll saw no surprises at the top, but the Indiana Hoosiers worked their way into the poll. IU sits in 22nd after a U.S. Open showing that gave the program an added boost.
The Hoosiers placed second as a team at the U.S. Open and currently has a 1-1 dual meet record.
An International Flavor
Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home.
Freshman Richard Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America.
Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Average Age: 19.1 years
The Hoosiers this season are a young squad. Head Coach Kris Kirchner has brought in 17 newcomers to the Hoosier team. The squad has only six sophomores, one junior and one senior so the team's average age is 19.1 years old.
"We are a young squad," said Kirchner. "But I wanted to see a team effort this season and so far that is exactly what I have gotten."
He also said that the team may be young, but the amount of potential he sees in this team is tremendous.
Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university.
Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner.
"They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana."
Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.
The Chase is Underway
On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly they could be in jeopardy.
Freshman Murph Halasz could be the name to end up replacing the most decorated Olympian in modern history. He is just three seconds off the pace heading into the Invitational.
"Murph is about one second away from the 200 fly record," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "I believe that by the end of the season he will break the 200 record and by the end of his career he will own both the 100 and 200 fly records."
"This time is a good, fast time," said Kirchner. "It is a time that has become what can be referred to as a 'magic time.' We really hope it gets broken because we know that it can be."
Eight Straight Titles? Are you serious?
Indiana diving is carrying on the long standing tradition of dynasties at Indiana University. In April, the squad won its seventh straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championship and in August the team set a precedent by winning its eighth straight title at the Outdoor Nationals.
"I really was not expecting the eighth," said Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I am really proud that we have won eight team championships because it shows that regardless of their individual goals, the divers recognize the uniqueness of being a national team champion."
It's Official: Huber Declared Coach of Year
On Monday, October 29, 2001, Dr. Jeff Huber, Indiana Head Diving Coach, was officially named the U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time at the organization's annual convention.
"It is a great honor," said Huber. "I am happy to be awarded the honor and it is just a testament to our program and the divers. We are not just individuals, but we are a team."
In addition, Huber has been a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led Indiana diving to eight straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships.
Carlton Earned Diver of the Week Honor
For the second time in this young season, sophomore diver Marc Carlton was honored by the Big Ten Conference as Diver of the Week for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.
Carlton was a stunning 5-0 in competitions at the Indiana Winter Invitational. He was victorious in both the open and collegiate one-meter and three-meter competitions. Carlton also won the Three-meter Springboard Dive-Off.
"It is a great honor," said Carlton. "I have been working extremely hard this season to get better and I have really taken off. It is great to see that all the hard work that I have put in has finally begun to pay off."
Aquatic Center Gets New Look
The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center underwent a bit of revamping over the winter break. The facility has all new banners highlighting the team's six NCAA Championships, 23 men's Big Ten championships, one women's Big Ten championship, the diving team's eight consecutive combined team U.S. Diving National titles, one men's team title and four women's team titles.
"This is a great honor for us," said Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "We feel as if this banners acknowledge the accomplishments that we, the diving team, and the swimming teams have garnered over the years. It lets people know the tradition that follows the swimming and diving team wherever we go."
|Chatting with Coach K
Regarding the training trip and the competition with the University of Miami:
"It was a great time and the weather and training conditions were great. The meet against Miami was really good because of the fact that we got to see some former Indiana swimmers. Chris (Plumb) and James (Sweeney) gave me some great seasons and it was great to see them."
Regarding the progress of the team heading into the championship season:
"The team is training very well. They are looking strong and the training trip really helped them out. The young guys are picking it up and the older guys are leading the younger guys. It is great to see us come together as we have this season."
Regarding the meet against Ohio State to open the championship season:
"Dual meets are just a stepping stone for us. We are about seven weeks away from the Big Ten Championship and we are looking to put on a strong showing at our home pool. We are looking great and with the dual meets ahead of us we can only get stronger. The team has come together and now we just have to bear down and lower our times. The guys are ready to compete and we cannot wait until Saturday."
|Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
Regarding the team's progress through the winter break:
"The winter break was a good time for us to train. We did as good of a job training as we have ever done. The women and men both looked great. We dove well off the tower although the springboards do need some work. We are working well together and it was a great opportunity for us to come together as a team."
Regarding the Indiana Winter Invitational and Springboard Dive-Off:
"I am really proud of our divers. We put in a 100 percent effort and I am especially proud of Sara (Reiling), Marc (Carlton) and Erin (Quinn). Sara set two records and had a great meet. Marc went undefeated in all of his competitions and Erin is coming back from injury and did a great job.
Regarding the championship season and the meet against Ohio State:
"We will definitely be ready for the championship season. We have our work cut out for us, but I think that we will be ready. Marc is diving at his best thus far this season and I think his best is still ahead of him. We are looking forward to this weekend because it is stiff competition for us in diving in the Big Ten."