No. 25 Indiana Falls at No. 4 Michigan
January 18, 2003
Ann Arbor, Mich. - If the 25th-ranked Indiana University men's swimming program had any chance of upsetting No. 4 Michigan at the Canham Natatorium earlier today, it certainly had to win the critical 200-yard medley relay, which was the first event of the meet. Instead, Michigan set the tone for the entire day by defeating the Hoosiers by .12 seconds, which is essentially the length of an eyelash. The Wolverines went on to win 10 of the next 13 swimming events to defeat the Hoosiers, 174.5-122.5.
Junior Marc Carlton, who finished first in both the one- and three-meter diving events, paced the Hoosiers. He recorded a score of 351.60 on one-meter and 358.50 on three-meter. Indiana's lone victories in the pool were junior Claes Andersson's victory in the 50-yard freestyle (20.78), sophomore Richard Bryant's win in the 400-yard IM, and the 200-yard free relay. Michigan swam exhibition in both the 400 IM and 200-free relay.
Michigan won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:31.01 and essentially put the meet in the books by finishing first, second, and third in the 1,000- and 200-yard freestyle, which were the first two individual events of the meet. Heading into today's action, first-year IU head coach Ray Looze, Jr., planned to concede the 1,000 free but never expected to be outscored 16-3 in the 200 free, despite the fact that Bryant had suffered from a severe case of the flu earlier in the week.
Although Michigan also won the next three events of the meet, junior Matt Leach (50.18 in 100 back), senior David Schulze (57.72 in 100 breast), and sophomore Murph Halasz (1:48.02 in the 100 back), all managed to record second-place finishes for the Hoosiers. Schulze competed with a case of the flu that surfaced one day ago. He also finished second in the 200 breaststroke.
The Hoosiers broke into the win column with Andersson's victory in the 50 free. After Carlton followed with a win on one-meter, Andersson finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (45.71), trailing only Michigan senior Garrett Mangieri (45.03). Michigan also finished first, second, and third, in the 500 freestyle before Halasz mustered a second-place finish in the 100 fly.
Indiana returns to action on Friday, Feb. 7, when the Hoosiers host the University of Kentucky at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The co-ed meet is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
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