Men's Swimming

    Hoosiers Travel To Iowa For Tri-meet

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    January 22, 2004

    Bloomington, Ind.- The No. 25 Indiana men's swimming and diving team travel to Iowa City for a tri-meet with a pair of Big Ten foes. The Hoosiers will take on No. 8 Minnesota as well as the host Hawkeyes of Iowa. The meet is set for 1:00 p.m.

    The Hoosiers knocked off Iowa last season, 162-138 in Bloomington. Junior Richard Bryant was a double-winner with victories in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles. Former Hoosier Dave Schulze was a triple-winner claiming first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes as well as the 200-yard IM. Junior Temujin Gold won the 1000-yard freestyle, junior Murph Halasz took the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly and senior Matt Leach won the 200-yard backstroke.

    Indiana has not battled Minnesota since losing to the Gophers, 200.5-98.5 in Iowa City, Iowa during the 2001-02 season.

    For Complete Indiana Swimming and Diving Notes Click HERE.

    Scouting Minnesota

    Minnesota enters the tri-meet with a 1-1 dual meet records. The Gophers are also the top ranked Big Ten team garnering the eighth spot in the CSCAA poll. The meets against IU and Iowa will be the first for the Gophers since they dominated Northwestern, 203-95 on Nov. 1. Minnesota has competed in various Invitational since that time.

    The Gophers loss on the year came to No. 5 Florida, 123-120. Both of the Gophers dual meets this season have been at home.

    Minnesota won the Georgia Invitational in mid-Dec. The Gophers racked up 1201.5 points topping a field that included No. 6 Georgia. Adam Mitchell won eight events at the Invite and was recognized as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and's National Swimmer of the Week. It was the second time he had won the award from this season.

    Scouting Iowa

    Iowa enters Saturday meet with a 7-1 record, including a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. The lone blemish on the Hawkeyes record is a 172-115 loss at No. 12 Wisconsin. This weekend will be the first Big Ten match ups for the Hawkeyes since they faced Purdue on Nov. 7.

    Iowa currently owns a six-match winning streak. Most recently the Hawkeyes knocked off South Dakota, 185-106 and Truman State, 195-73 on Saturday, Jan. 17. Junior Elliot Ptasnik claimed three victories in the 800 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. Iowa also broke five pool records during the event.

    Also this season, Iowa has beaten Michigan State (180.5-117.5), Purdue (162.5-137.5), Notre Dame (156-142), BYU (235-56) and Louisville (174-119).

    Recapping No. 9 Michigan

    The Indiana men's swimming and diving team fell to defending Big Ten Champion Michigan, 183-111 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Hoosiers dropped to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, while the ninth-ranked Wolverines improve to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in conference.

    Indiana started the meet strong taking first and third place in the 200-yard medley relay with times of 1:30.91 and 1:33.41, respectively.

    The race of the day for the Hoosiers was the 50-yard freestyle that saw the team seep the first three spots. Senior Claes Andersson captured first with a season-best time of 20.79, while senior Mike Payne took second and freshman Kyle Ruth was third.

    In the 100-yard freestyle, Andersson took third place with a time of 45.92.

    Freshman Colin Russell was the top finisher for Indiana in the 200-yard free with a season-best of 1:39.84. Rounding out the freestyle events was the 500-yard free in which Russell placed third with a time of 4:37.44 .

    Sophomore Kevin Swander took two first place finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. He recorded a career-best time in 100. His time of 55.53 was an NCAA `B' time. The 100 time was the seventh-fastest in school history.

    In the lone distance event of the meet, freshman Ryan McNeill took fourth place in the 1650 free with a season and personal best time of 15:59.59

    Junior Murph Halasz took second place in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly with times of 49.78 and 1:50.07, respectively.

    In the 100-yard backstroke, junior Matt Leach had a season-best time of 50.30 and captured second place. In the 200-yard backstroke, Leach placed fourth with a time of 1:52.11. Sophomore Mike Jones picked up two third place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstrokes with times of 51:37 in the 100 and 1:51.96 in the 200.

    To end the meet, junior Richard Bryant took first place in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:56.66. The 400-yard freestyle "A" relay placed second with a time of 3:02.38, while the "B" relay placed third with a time of 3:08.64.

    The Hoosiers were down by 32 points before the meet even started. All of Indiana's divers were competing at the World Cup Diving Trials in Huntersville, N.C. and were unavailable for the meet.

    Back in the Rankings

    After dropping five straight meets and dropping out of the top 25, the Hoosiers have once against found the winning touch going 2-1 in their last three meets and re-entering the top 25. After nearly a month absence from the CSCAA's top 25, the Hoosiers returned to the rankings tied for 25th.

    Swander Impressive in Breaststroke

    Sophomore breaststroker Kevin Swander has emerged as one of the top breaststrokers in the Big Ten. In the Hoosiers last dual meet against Michigan, Swander won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with impressive times. His time of 55.53 in the 100 was an NCAA `B' cut time as well as the seventh-fastest time in school history. In a tri-meet against Ohio State and Southern Illinois, Swander's winning 200-yard breaststroke of 2:02.17 was the seventh fastest in school history.

    Both his 100 and 200 times also rank among the top 40 in the nation this season. His 100 time of 55.53 is 25th, while his 200 time of 2:02.17 is 39th.

    Diving at World Cup Trials

    Four Hoosiers competed at the World Cup Trials in Huntersville, N.C., on Jan. 15-18. senior Marc Carlton, juniors Brian Metzler and Ryan Fagan and sophomore Brian Mariano all competed for Indiana.

    Carlton finished in the top eight of the three-meter and 10-meter platform. He was fifth after the quarterfinals and semifinals of the three-meter before finishing seventh with 952.74 points. Carlton also took eighth on the platform.

    Mariano and Carlton narrowly missed making the World Cup team, placing second in the three-meter. The Hoosier tandem led by nearly eight points after the preliminary round. Justin and Troy Dumais of Centralized Training Center were able to overcome the margin and win with a total of 589.14. Carlton and Mariano finished just over seven points back at 581.79. Juniors Brian Metzler and Ryan Fagan also competed in the event placing seventh in the synchro three-meter. The duo finished with a score of 439.26.

    Mariano and Carlton started the World Cup Trials placing fourth in the synchro platform. The duo was fourth in prelims and remained there through the finals. The Hoosier combo totaled 533.76 points behind first place Mark Ruiz and Kyle Prandi of Team Orlando Diving.




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