Jan. 14, 2009
NO. 14 INDIANA vs. NO. 10 OHIO STATE/NO. 22 MISSOURI
Jan. 17- Noon
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana is coming off a split last weekend, defeating No. 6 Tennessee (159-133), and falling to No. 4 Michigan (176-104).
The Hoosiers continue to prep for the Big Ten Championships with another league foe coming to town in No. 10 Ohio State. They will be joined by No. 22 Missouri.
The men's meet is schedule to begin at noon with the following order of events:
200 Medley Relay
One Meter Diving
Three Meter Diving
200 Freestyle Relay
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country in No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Ohio State on Jan. 10 and came away with a split.
Senior Matt Lenton led the way with a record-setting performance in the 50 freestyle. He won the event with a new school mark of 19.84.
Lenton also posted a PR in the 100 free (43.99) and helped the 400 free relay team to an improved NCAA B time of 2:57.74.
Zoricic also PR'd in the 100 free, finishing third in 43.88.
Sophomore Bart Ginocchio showed the biggest improvement, taking 24 seconds off his personal best in the 1000 free with a time of 9:08.19.
That time is the ninth-fastest in school history and makes him the third-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
Ginocchio also moved into the top-20 all-time Hoosiers in the 500 free with a time of 4:26.66, five seconds faster than his previous career mark.
Heath Tameris was a double winner with victories in the 100 breaststroke (54.27) and 200 breaststroke (1:59.35).
Sophomore Landon Marzullo was first in the one-meter springboard competition and second on the three-meter.
The Hoosiers fared well at the Hoosierland Invite in November as Lenton recorded an NCAA B cut in the 50 free with a time of 20.02, placing third.
Titus Knight continues to show marked improvement in his sophomore season. He posted a career-best and NCAA B time of 1:36.27 in the 200 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December where he finished sixth. He has the top eight times in the event this season.
Knight also posted a career best and NCAA B time in the 500 free (4:21.14) at the Hoosierland Invite. His career bests in the 50 free (21.07), 1,650 free (15:47.01) and 200 IM (2:02.97) also came at the Hoosierland Invite.
Knight posted a career time of 44.80 in the 100 free at the Short Course Nationals, giving him personal bests in six events so far this season.
Freshman Eric Ress placed first in the C final of the 500 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals with an NCAA B time of 4:22.90. He was third in the C final of the 100 back (48.88) and finished seventh in the championship final of the 200 back (1:45.13).
Cody Weik had a strong showing at the Hoosierland Invite with career bests in the 200 IM (1:49.88) and 500 free (4:29.86).
Weik currently has the fastest times on the team this season in the 200 fly (1:47.34), 200 IM (1:49.88) and 400 IM (3:50.99). Weik achieved his time in the 400 IM in a first-place finish in the C final at the Short Course Nationals. It is also an NCAA B cut.
Indiana is 3-3 in dual meets this season.
In a 158-129 dual meet win over Northwestern on Oct. 24, Aaron Opell led the way with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay.
Lenton was also a multiple winner with victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay.
Marzullo took first in the 1-meter at the Hoosierland Invite with a pool record score of 402.40. He also won the platform competition with a score of 387.85.
He was second on the 3-meter with a score of 425.35 at the Ohio State Invitational in December
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
It did not take long for mid-year transfer Daniel Sliwinski to get used to the collegiate scene as he added his name to the Hoosiers' all-time lists in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke in just his first meet.
Sliwinski recorded a time of 55.67 in the 100 breast which makes him the 12th-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
His time of 2:01.77 makes him the 14th-fastest Hoosier ever in the 200 breaststroke.
Sliwinski is no stranger to success as he has found it on the international scene swimming for his native England.
He won the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2008 World Youth Championships in Monterrey, Mexico in a time of 1:02.19 and also won the 50-meter breaststroke with a meet record 28.37.
GINOCCHIO MAKES WAVES
From seemingly out of nowhere, sophomore Bart Ginocchio has made dramatic improvements in both the 500 and 1,000 freestyles.
Against No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Tennessee on Jan. 10, Ginocchio shaved nearly 24 seconds off his career best in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:08.19. That ranks as the ninth-fastest time ever for an IU swimmer in the event.
In the 500 free, Ginocchio improved his time by nearly five seconds with a time of 4:26.66.
DID YOU KNOW?
This season Hoosiers have posted times and scores among the Indiana all-time top 10 in the 50 free (Matt Lenton), 100 free (Ante Zoricic, Matt Lenton), 200 free (Titus Knight), 1,000 free (Bart Ginocchio), 1-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo), three-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo) and Platform (Landon Marzullo).
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America put out their latest national rankings on Dec. 5 and Indiana is remains at No. 14.
The Hoosiers were No. 14 in the preseason rankings and stayed there in the second poll on Oct. 31 and the third poll on Nov. 14.
Michigan is the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 4, followed by No. 9 Minnesota, No. 10 Ohio State, the Hoosiers, No. 15 Purdue and No. 17 Penn State.
The next poll is scheduled to be released on Jan. 25.