January 16, 2010 - Noon McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana continues Big Ten action as it travels to Ohio State for a dual meet against the Buckeyes on January 16. • McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion is the site of the 2010 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. • The Hoosiers are coming off a 158-82 loss at No. 7 Michigan last Saturday.
NEWS AND NOTES • David Piercy led a sweep of the diving events for the IU men at Michigan with wins in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events. • Freshman Casey Johnson completed the sweep with a victory on the platform (341.78). • Ante Zoricic was the only individual winner for IU at Michigan, taking the 100-yard freestyle (46.05). • At Kentucky, Illya Larin earned his first collegiate win in the 1,000 free, while Doug Spraul swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. • Tyler Lemert earned the sweep in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. • David Piercy won the men's 1-meter springboard event, while Brenden Butler won the 400-yard individual medley. • At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, Titus Knight swam his fastest time of the season in the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.65 in the prelims. He went on to finish 13th in the event. • Knight also improved his time in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:26.69 (NCAA B) and finishing 15th. Tyler Shedron posted his fastest time of the year at the meet (4:29.11). • Shedron also took 13th in the 200 butterfly and came home with IU's fastest time of the year (1:48.81). • Aaron Opell was 23rd in the 200 IM and clocked his best time of the season at 1:49.78. • Opell also took 15th in the 400 IM, posting a B cut of 3:55.64. • Ante Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Opell finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:03.12. • The quartet also took ninth in the 800 free relay (6:45.67), 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:33.18) and ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:19.65). • The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington. • Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. • Spraul owns the five fastest IU times this year in the 200 back and five of the six fastest times in the 100 back. • Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting a 4:29.57. • Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-six Hoosier times in the event this year. • Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45). • Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay. • In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place. • Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke. • Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM. • Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter. • Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second. • The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23. • Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events. • He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team. • The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free. • Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back. • Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free. • Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third. • The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships. • One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing. • Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes. • Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis. • Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships. • Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place. • Junior Matthew O'Brien is one of the top returning butterfliers after taking 10th in the 100 fly at Big Tens last season. • Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
MICHIGAN RECAP • The 20th-ranked Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened 2010 with a 158-82 dual meet loss at No. 7 Michigan Saturday afternoon at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. • The Hoosier divers led the way with a sweep of all three events, led by first-place finishes from David Piercy in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events. Teammate Casey Johnson took the platform title with a score of 341.78. Zac Nees was third in the 1-meter (264.82), fourth in the 3-meter (248.69) and third in the platform (336.15). Johnson took fourth in the 1-meter (250.64) and third in the 3-meter (293.62). • Indiana's lone victory in the swimming competition came in the 100 freestyle as Ante Zoricic touched the wall in 46.05. Mark Wetzel was sixth (48.19), followed by Daniel Kanorr in seventh (49.00) and Bryan Chovanec in eighth (49.27). Bader Al-Muhana posted an exhibitioned time of 51.04. • The Hoosier started the afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Doug Spraul, Aaron Opell, Tim Blue and Bryant Honsa combined for a time of 3:28.30. In the 1,650 freestyle it was Illya Larin leading the way with a fourth-place finish (15:52.46). Bart Ginocchio was sixth with a season-best time of 16:12.10, followed by Brenden Butler in seventh (16:29.27) and Alex Kotliarsky eighth (16:29.96). • Titus Knight took second in the 200 free (1:39.53), as Zoricic came in sixth (1:44.25), John Schnittker seventh (1:44.79) and Bryant Honsa eighth (1:45.58). Posting exhibitioned times were Jon Hueni (1:45.84), Al-Muhana (1:50.77) and Ryan Downey (1:51.08-season best). • In the 50-yard sprint to the wall, Chovanec took third in 21.00, followed by Kanorr sixth in a season-best time of 21.59. Wetzel was seventh (21.72) and Spraul eighth (23.02). Al-Muhana had an exhibitioned time of 23.18. • Kevin Happ led the way in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.51, good for fifth place. Opell followed in sixth at 1:57.34, with Sam Trahin seventh (1:59.64) and Austin Steel eighth (1:59.69). • Tyler Shedron's time of 1:52.13 earned him a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, with Blue placing fifth (1:56.60), Hueni sixth (1:56.84) and Trahin eighth (1:57.87). Al-Muhana had an exhibitioned time of 1:58.06, which is a season best. • Spraul was fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:50.82), as Happ took sixth with a season best of 1:54.09. Rounding out the Hoosier contingent were Steel in seventh (1:59.24) and Blue eighth (2:00.41). • Knight followed up his second-place finish in the 200 free with a third-place showing in the 500 free (4:32.01). Larin finished fifth (4:41.34), with Shedron sixth (4:42.30) and Butler eighth (4:52.84). Exhibitioned times came from Schnittker (4:42.55-season best), Kotliarsky (4:50.92) and Downey (4:51.99-season best). • Opell was a second-place finisher in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 2:06.20. Butler was third in 2:13.39, Steel fourth (2:16.34-season best) and Trahin fifth (2:18.47). • In the final event of the day, Zoricic, Knight, Honsa and Shedron went 3:05.60 for a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle. The third-place team of Chovanec, Larin, Wetzel and Schnittker touched the wall in 3:13.98, while Hueni, Al-Muhana, Kanorr and Happ were fourth (3:20.35).
HOOSIERS RANKED 20th IN DUAL MEET POLL • In the second poll of the season released on Dec. 16, Indiana is No. 20 in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Division I coaches poll. • The Hoosiers were No. 18 in the first poll released. • A total of five Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 7 Michigan. Minnesota is No. 8, followed by No. 12 Ohio State, No. 19 Purdue, and the Hoosiers. • Texas, whom the Hoosier swam on Oct. 30, is the top-ranked team, followed by Stanford and California.
• Indiana will travel to Louisville on Jan. 29 for a dual meet with the Cardinals.