Hoosiers Host No. 6 Michigan
January 16, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team will continue its grueling schedule as it battles No. 6 Michigan. The meet will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Counsilman-Billinsley Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 17.
The Hoosiers returned from its training trip and ended a four-meet losing skid with a pair of wins last weekend. IU downed Ohio State (130-111) and Southern Illinois (175-67) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Indiana enters the dual meet with Michigan at 3-5 and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have lost all five of its dual meets to teams currently ranked in the top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 22 Kentucky.)
The Wolverines and Hoosiers met last season in Ann Arbor. Michigan was victorious in the meet, 174.5-117.
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Michigan enters the dual meet with the Hoosiers at 2-4. Although its record does not look impressive, their opponents do. All four losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10, including losses to No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 Georgia. Michigan's victories on the year came against No. 6 Florida and Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines opened up Big Ten conference action last night in West Lafayette. Michigan also claimed the top spot with 357 points at the U.S. Open.
Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, has dominated the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week awards this season, winning four of them.
Last season, the Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship and placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.
Recapping Ohio State and Southern Illinois
The Hoosiers picked up a pair of wins last weekend and in the process snapped a four-meet losing streak. Indiana defeated Ohio State, 130-111 and Southern Illinois, 174-67. The Hoosiers improved to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
The excitement came for the Hoosiers in the final event of the day when they came from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay with a season best time of 3:02.34. The 400-yard medley relay team also captured first place earlier in the afternoon with a season-best time of 3:21.49.
In the freestyle sprints, senior Claes Andersson took first place in the 50-yard free with a time of 20.95. Senior Mike Payne and freshman Kyle Ruth took second and third place in the same event with times of 21.27 and 21.30, respectively. Andersson and Payne also took second and third place in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 46.54 and 46.84, respectively. In the 200-yard free, freshman Colin Russell tied his season-best and took first place with a time of 1:40.25.
In the distance races, freshman Ryan McNeill took second place with a time of 9:33.79, while junior Richard Bryant captured second place with a time of 9:37.99. In the 500-yard free Russell placed first with a time of 4:33.14,
Junior Murph Halasz took first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.38. In the 200-yard backstroke, junior Matt Leach placed second with a time of 1:51.13.
Rounding out the individual races was sophomore Kevin Swander, who took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:02.17.
In the diving competition, junior Ryan Fagan was the lone competitor for Indiana. He took third place in the one-meter competition with a score of 255.75 and second in the three-meter competition with a score of 292.95.
Back on the Winning Track
After dropping five-straight matches to opponents ranked in the top 25, the Hoosiers got back on the winning track with a pair of victories at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. IU knocked off Big Ten foe Ohio State, 130-111 and Southern Illinois, 174-67. The Hoosiers are now 3-5 on the year and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
Heart Breaking Losses
Despite a 1-5 dual meet record, the Hoosiers could just as well be 4-2. In three of Indiana five losses, the Hoosiers have lost the meet in the final relay. Indiana dropped a 119-112 meet at current No. 21 Kentucky. The Hoosiers then lost at then-No. 10 Wisconsin, 117-114, falling on the final 400-yard freestyle relay. On that relay, Wisconsin set the pool record and went what is currently ranked the second-fastest time in the country this season.
The Hoosiers lost in similar fashion to current No. 20 Northwestern, 148-140. The Hoosiers five losses have all come to teams ranked in the CSCAA's top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Texas A&M , No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Kentucky).
Halasz Sets High Marks
Junior Murph Halasz topped the University of Wisconsin Natatorium pool record in the 200-yard butterfly on Nov. 7. The Richmond, Va., native won the event by nearly a second in a time of 1:48.59.
Although he set the UW pool record, Halasz has gone faster in the 200 butterfly this season. The school record holder in the 200 fly went 1:48.45 against the Kentucky Wildcats. The time currently ranks 21st in the country this season.
At the Indiana Invitational, Halasz claimed the top spot in the 200-meter butterfly, while taking second in the 100-meter butterfly. His time converted in the 100 butterfly was a season-best at 49.32.
Strength of Schedule
The Hoosiers' dual meet schedule will be challenging in 2003-04. Of Indiana's 12 dual meet opponents, eight are currently ranked in the top 25 and one Invitational opponent was ranked in the top 25.
No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota and No. 22 Iowa are still left on the Hoosiers' schedule. Indiana has already swam against then-No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 16 Northwestern. The Hoosiers also fell at Kentucky, who is currently ranked No. 22, but was not ranked when the Hoosiers faced them.
At the Indiana Invitational, the Hoosiers finished second behind No. 17 Pittsburgh.
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