Speedo American Cup - Saturday
Columbus, Ohio -- The Indiana University men's and women's swimming program returned to Big Ten Conference action this afternoon, traveling to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes in a co-ed meet held at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The challenging week of a winter training trip to Florida, and the travel that accompanied the trip, did not seem to drastically affect Indiana's performance as the IU women outdistanced the Buckeyes, 150.50-84.50, while the men's squad was also victorious by the score of 145-96.
On the women's side, junior Sarah Fiden (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) and senior Kristy Martin (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) had the fastest time in two events. Fiden was victorious in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.65) and 500 free (4:59.47), while Martin won the 200 fly (2:03.50). Although she did not officially win the 200 breast because she swam exhibition, she did record the fastest time (2:24.60).
Indiana's men's squad had three double winners in individual events as Richard Bryant (Somerset, England/Millfield) was victorious in both the 500- (4:34.08) and 1,650-yard freestyle (16:00.53), Claes Andersson (Boras, Sweden/Sven-Erikson) won both sprint events by finishing first in the 50- (20.73) and 100-yard free (45.93), and Murph Halasz (Richmond, Va./Mills E. Godwin) turned in a very difficult double, winning the 200 IM (1:53.43) and 200 fly (1:49.90).
At the Speedo American Cup diving meet being held through Sunday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, junior All-America Marc Carlton (Webster, N.Y./Webster) advanced to the quarterfinals but dropped his head-to-head match with University of Tennessee sophomore Phillip Jones, 431.10-362.91. For the women, Sara Hildebrand finished ninth in the 3-Meter preliminaries, narrowly failing to join a group of eight divers that advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the women's meet at Ohio State, Indiana recorded the fastest time in 10 of 11 swimming events, with the exception of the 400-yard individual medley, which was won by Ohio State's Deanna Strunk. Her effort was boosted by the absence of Indiana junior Brooke Taflinger (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo), who missed the meet to attend a funeral. Officially, Ohio State also won the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Indiana swam exhibition in both events.
"We had a good weekend," said women's head coach Dorsey Tierney. "We were missing a few swimmers today but I thought we performed well."
The Indiana women opened the meet in impressive fashion as Indiana finished first and second in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of sophomore Tammy Kostner (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette), senior Megan Geers (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington), sophomore Erin Smith (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy), and junior Meghan Medendorp (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) easily won the event in a time of 3:54.24.
In the second event of the meet for the women, two impressive IU freshmen tied for first place in the 1000-yard freestyle. Lauren Torpey (Mentor, Ohio/Hawken School) and Doherty Colgin (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) recorded identical times of 10:12.00, with Torpey overcoming a 1.27 second deficit over the final 50 yards to tie for first place.
"I think Lauren had a little bit too much left in her," quipped Tierney.
The positive results continued in the next event as junior Sarah Fiden (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont), senior Tina Gretlund (Kastrup, Denmark), and junior Erin Gorlesky (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Snider) finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle.
After Indiana senior Anne Williams (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Seaholm) won the 50-yard free in 24.52 and Strunk answered for Ohio State in the 400-yard IM, Indiana finished first and second in the 200-yard butterfly and 1-2-3 in the 100-yard free. Senior Kristy Martin (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) won the 200 fly in 2:03.50, while Medendorp (52.54) and sophomore Jinji Fraser (Joppa, Md./McDonough), who recorded a 52.57, secured the top two spots in the 50 free.
"I though Jinji swam very well today," said Tierney. "Colleen (McCracken) also had a really nice race in the 200 back."
McCracken, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., recorded a personal season-best of 2:05.65 to win the 200-yard backstroke. Fiden and freshman Kristen Bradley (Lindsay, Ont./Newmarket) followed McCracken's victory with a one-two finish in the 500-yard freestyle as Fiden won the event in 4:59.47.
The Hoosiers swam exhibition in the final two events of the meet, although Martin recorded the fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.60) and the 400-yard freestyle releay team of Kostner, Fraser, Colgin, and Medendorp easily recorded the fastest time, notching a 3:30.97. Ohio State officially won the event in 3:45.29.
On the men's side of the ledger, Indiana won seven of the 11 swimming events, including the 400-yard medley relay to begin the meet. The relay squad of junior Matt Leach (Beaverton, Ore./Westview), senior David Schulze (Barrie, Canada/Barrie Central Collegiate), sophomore Murph Halasz and the anchor of junior Dale Ramsy (Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central) won the event in 3:23.58, winning the race by more than two seconds. Indiana's second relay squad finished in third place.
After the relay win to begin the meet, Indiana sophomore Richard Bryant kept the Hoosiers in the lead as he narrowly outlasted Ohio State freshman Ryan Sciortino to win the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:00.53, winning by .60 seconds. Ohio State also finished third in the event and kept the meet close as freshman Marty Tomes won the 200 free in 1:41.77. Sophomore David Winck (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) finished second, while Schulze raced to a third place finish.
Indiana began to make its move about midway through the meet, at the Hoosiers finished first and third in the next two events as Claes Andersson won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.73, winning the race by .09 seconds. Halasz followed Andersson's performance with a win of his own, turning in a time of 1:53.43 in the 200 individual medley. Halasz had little recovery time at all but almost immediately followed his win in the IM with a victory in the 200-yard fly (1:49.90).
Andersson followed Halasz's victory in the 200 fly by winning his second individual event of the meet, winning the 100 free. Leach followed with a win in the 200 back (1:50.90), which was immediately followed by a Bryant win in the 500 free (4:34.08).
Next Saturday, Indiana's women's squad travels to Purdue in what should prove to be an excellent dual meet, while the men's squad faces off against a highly regarded Michigan squad in Ann Arbor.
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