Men's Swimming

    Men's Swimming and Diving Heads to Michigan for Big Ten Tilt

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Justin Montrie and the Hoosiers return to the pool at Michigan on Jan. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Justin Montrie and the Hoosiers return to the pool at Michigan on Jan. 13.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 11, 2007

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    Date: Jan. 13, 2007, 1 p.m.
    Opponent: Michigan
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Facility: Canham Natatorium

    After topping No. 14 Ohio State on Jan. 6, the 15th-ranked Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) will look to make it two wins in a row when they visit No. 12 Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 13.

    Indiana and Michigan have met 49 times since the 1955-56 season, skipping meetings only in the 1976-77 and 1985-86 seasons, with the Wolverines holding a slim 26-23 advantage over the span. Indiana has not won in Ann Arbor since the 1980-81 season and has not beaten the Wolverines in dual action since a 137-106 triumph in Bloomington on Jan. 23, 1999.

    The Hoosiers are ranked 15th in the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll. Other Big Ten teams in the poll are Minnesota (7), Northwestern (8), Michigan (12), Ohio State (14) and Purdue (19).

    Indiana dropped No. 14 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 6, 154-146. IU claimed 11 of the 16 event titles, including three individual wins by junior Todd Patrick and two each by juniors Ben Hesen and Pat Penoyar and sophomore Nick Walkotten. Sophomore Matt Lenton, making his Hoosier debut, won the 50-yard freestyle and teamed with Hesen, Penoyar and Patrick to win the 200-yard medley relay.

    Patrick claimed wins in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles and the 200-yard individual medley, setting a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record in the 100 free (45.01). Hesen picked up wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, setting a new career-best time in the 200. His 1:45.48 effort was good for an NCAA "B" cut and moved him into the Hoosiers' all-time top 10 in the event.

    Penoyar claimed both breaststroke events, including setting a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 56.05. Walkotten won both butterfly events, taking the 200-yard butterfly in a pool-record 1:48.29.

    On the diving side, the Hoosiers were without All-American Taylor Roberts, who suffered an injury in practice and was unable to compete. Two Hoosier divers posted career-best efforts in his absence, as junior Justin Montrie turned in a score of 287.92 in the one-meter and freshman David Piercy accrued 255.22 points on the three-meter.

    Junior Todd Patrick was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 9 after winning four events total in leading the Hoosiers to a win over No. 14 Ohio State on Jan. 6.

    For their efforts against Northwestern and Arizona State on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, respectively, juniors Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts both earned weekly recognition. Hesen was named's National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1, while Roberts was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 31.

    Taylor Roberts earned his second Big Ten Diver of the Week nod on Nov. 21 after winning both springboards at the IU Open Invitational. Roberts turned in a score of 331.55 to take the championship final of the one-meter, and won the three-meter championship round with a score of 350.25.

    TO BE THE BEST ...
    The Hoosiers have hardly shied away from tough competition this season. All six of Indiana's opponents thus far have been ranked inside the top 20 of the CSCAA Poll, while all three losses have come against top-10 teams. IU opened the season with a win over No. 18 Kentucky on Oct. 21, then fell to No. 8 Northwestern on Oct. 27. The Hoosiers rebounded with a win over No. 19 Arizona State the following day, then dropped a double dual against No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Cal on Nov. 3-4. Indiana picked up a win over No. 14 Ohio State on Jan. 6.

    Junior Ben Hesen has posted the Hoosiers' lone NCAA "A" cut early in the season. Hesen claimed a spot at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis by turning in an automatic qualifying time of 47.24 in the 100-yard backstroke against Northwestern on Oct. 21. Hesen earned his cut in spectacular fashion, swimming to a tie with two-time defending 100 back national champion Matt Grevers of NU. Hesen (200-yard backstroke), Alex Brunfeldt (1,650-yard freestyle), Todd Patrick (200-yard individual medley) and Steffan Troxel (1,650 free) have all earned NCAA provisional cuts on the season, as has the 200-yard medley relay unit of Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Matt Lenton and Patrick.

    David Legler, Justin Montrie and Taylor Roberts have all surpassed NCAA Zone diving standards thus far this year.

    Twenty-one years after its last title, Indiana finally returned to the top of the heap in the Big Ten in 2006. IU led the Big Ten Championships from the first day of competition, eventually compiling 760.5 team points to run away with the team crown. The title was the 24th in program history, but the first since 1985. This year the Hoosiers will look to go back-to-back for the first time since IU won three straight from 1982-85. Indiana won an unprecedented 20 straight Big Ten titles from 1961-80.

    Sophomore Matt Lenton claimed the 50-meter short course national title at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in August. The Perth native turned in a time of 22.14 for his first national championship.

    The Hoosiers came away from the 2006 Big Ten Championships with a good amount of hardware. Looze was named the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year, while Kevin Swander was tabbed Swimmer of the Championships. Brian Mariano was named Co-Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships, while Walkotten was named Freshman of the Year.

    The Hoosiers welcome 15 newcomers to the men's roster this season. Thirteen of them are freshmen, while junior Patrick Penoyar transferred in from Washington and Matt Lenton enrolled in January and is a sophomore athletically. Lenton will be eligible to compete starting in the second semester of this season.

    Indiana will host Missouri for the Hoosiers' Senior Day on Saturday, Jan. 20, then will take the short trip to West Lafayette for a meet at No. 19 Purdue on Jan. 27.




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