Patrick Earns Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Nod
Jan. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior Todd Patrick has been named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after leading the Hoosiers to a weekend win over Ohio State, the league office announced Jan. 9.
Patrick won each of his four events on Saturday, Jan. 6, leading the 15th-ranked Hoosiers to a 154-146 win over the 14th-ranked Buckeyes.
In the first event of the day, Patrick helped Indiana win the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:28.60. The Chesterfield, Mo., native then won three individual events, starting with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 1:38.52. Patrick then took the 100-yard freestyle in a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion-record time of 45.01, and capped his day with a win in the 200-yard individual medley, turning in a time of 1:50.19.
The award is the second of Patrick's career. He also picked up the award as a freshman on Oct. 18, 2004.
"It's a nice accomplishment for Todd," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "At the Ohio State meet, he had a nice split on the medley relay and then his 200 free was one of the smarter swims I've seen him do. Him winning that 200 free broke their back. The 100 free win and the 200 IM win - he was pretty much an all-around fireman, so to speak, putting out a fire here, a fire there. It's a nice accomplishment for Todd and it will be a good stepping stone leading into the Michigan weekend."
With the win over Ohio State, the Hoosiers evened their record at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. All six of IU's opponents this season have been ranked in the top 25, including three in the top 10 and four in the top 15.
Indiana returns to action at Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.
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