Men's Swimming

    Indiana Takes on Missouri in Final Home Dual of 2006-07 Season

    Go Hoosiers! Drew Ossakow will be recognized on Senior Day for the Hoosiers.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Drew Ossakow will be recognized on Senior Day for the Hoosiers.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 18, 2007

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    Date: Jan. 20, 2007, 10 a.m.
    Opponent: Missouri
    Location: Bloomington, Ind.
    Facility: Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center

    Indiana will host Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 20, for the Hoosiers' Senior Day. Lee Houchin, Reed Martin, Ryan McNeill, Ryan Millard, Drew Ossakow, Paul Sigfusson and manager Scott Wetzel will all be honored prior to the meet.

    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 posted the first tie in the 84-year history of its program on Jan. 13, turning in a 150-150 stalemate with No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    The Hoosiers had several performers step up at the meet, with junior Ben Hesen leading the way with three individual wins and a relay victory. The Jeffersonville, Ind., product swept both backstrokes and the 100-yard butterfly and swam the backstroke leg for the victorious 200-yard medley relay team.

    Junior Pat Penoyar claimed both breaststrokes and was in on the 200 medley relay win, while Taylor Roberts swept the springboards.

    IU swimmers posted four NCAA "B" cuts at the meet, with Hesen doing so in the 200-yard backstroke and Penoyar earning his first cut as a Hoosier in the 200-yard breaststroke. Junior John Kevin Koehler picked up his first cut of the season in the 1,650-yard freestyle, while Alex Brunfeldt lowered his existing cut in the mile.

    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. Roberts picked up his third Big Ten Diver of the Week award of the season on Jan. 16. After missing the Ohio State meet with injury, Roberts returned after a week off an picked up where he left off, sweeping both springboards in the Hoosiers' tie with No. 12 Michigan. Roberts was sharp in the meet, missing his personal best in the one-meter by just 3.01 points with a score of 359.32 . His score of 377.40 in the three-meter ranked as the ninth-best in IU's storied history.

    TO BE THE BEST ...
    The Hoosiers have hardly shied away from tough competition this season. All seven 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, then followed that with a tie at No. 12 Michigan on Jan. 13.

    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), John Kevin Koehler (1,650 free), Todd Patrick (200-yard individual medley) Pat Penoyar (200-yard breaststroke) and Steffan Troxel (1,650 free) have all earned NCAA "B" cuts on the season, as has the 200-yard medley relay squad of Hesen, Penoyar, Matt Lenton and Patrick.

    All five IU divers - Will Bohonyi, David Legler, David Piercy, Justin Montrie and Taylor Roberts - have surpassed NCAA Zone diving standards 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 2006 and is a sophomore athletically.

    Indiana take on Purdue in West Lafayette on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. The meet will be the Hoosiers' final dual of the season, with the Big Ten Championships following in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 15-17.




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