Jan. 22, 2009
No. 8 Indiana at Evansville
NO. 8 INDIANA at EVANSVILLE
Jan. 24- 1 p.m. ET
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana begins a two-meet road swing as it travels to Evansville for a dual meet on Saturday.
Evansville is 1-4 in dual meets this season with its victory coming against Eastern Illinois in October.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers were double winners last Saturday with wins over No. 10 Ohio State and No. 22 Missouri a the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Indiana is 5-3 in dual meets this season.
It was another record-setting day for senior sprinter Matt Lenton as he broke his own school mark in the 50 free twice.
He began with a winning time of 19.82 in the 50 free race, then smashed that mark with a time of 19.45 on the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay.
That is just a tenth of a second off an NCAA A cut.
Lenton also won the 100 freestyle in 44.11.
Titus Knight improved upon his career best in the 100 free, taking second in 44.44.
Bryan Chovanec went 19.85 to finish second in the 50 free and swam the second leg of the 200 free relay in 19.23.
Landon Marzullo dominated the diving events with wins on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Lenton, Chovanec, Ante Zoricic and A.J. Miller teamed up to set a new school record of 1:18.20 in the 200 free relay.
All four swimmers swam their 50-yard segment in under 20 seconds.
IU also won the 200 medley relay, while Ryan Hinshaw went a persona best to win the 1,650 free (15:18.82). Indiana also took the 200 free (Knight), 100 back (Eric Ress), 200 back (Ress), 500 free (Ress), 100 fly (Miller).
Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country in No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Ohio State on Jan. 10 and came away with a split.
Lenton led the way with a then-record-setting time of 19.84 to win the 50 freestyle..
Lenton also posted a PR in the 100 free (43.99) and helped the 400 free relay team to an improved NCAA B time of 2:57.74.
Zoricic also PR'd in the 100 free, finishing third in 43.88.
Sophomore Bart Ginocchio showed the biggest improvement, taking 24 seconds off his personal best in the 1000 free with a time of 9:08.19.
That time is the ninth-fastest in school history and makes him the third-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
Ginocchio also moved into the top-20 all-time Hoosiers in the 500 free with a time of 4:26.66, five seconds faster than his previous career mark.
Heath Tameris was a double winner with victories in the 100 breaststroke (54.27) and 200 breaststroke (1:59.35).
Sophomore Landon Marzullo was first in the one-meter springboard competition and second on the three-meter.
EARLIER THIS YEAR...
The Hoosiers fared well at the Hoosierland Invite in November as Lenton recorded an NCAA B cut in the 50 free with a time of 20.02, placing third.
Knight continues to show marked improvement in his sophomore season. He posted a career-best and NCAA B time of 1:36.27 in the 200 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December where he finished sixth. He has the top eight times in the event this season.
Knight also posted a career best and NCAA B time in the 500 free (4:21.14) at the Hoosierland Invite. His career bests in the 50 free (21.07), 1,650 free (15:47.01) and 200 IM (2:02.97) also came at the Hoosierland Invite.
Freshman Eric Ress placed first in the C final of the 500 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals with an NCAA B time of 4:22.90. He was third in the C final of the 100 back (48.88) and finished seventh in the championship final of the 200 back (1:45.13).
Cody Weik had a strong showing at the Hoosierland Invite with career bests in the 200 IM (1:49.88) and 500 free (4:29.86).
Weik currently has the fastest times on the team this season in the 200 fly (1:47.34), 200 IM (1:49.88) and 400 IM (3:50.99). Weik achieved his time in the 400 IM in a first-place finish in the C final at the Short Course Nationals. It is also an NCAA B cut.
In a 158-129 dual meet win over Northwestern on Oct. 24, Aaron Opell led the way with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay.
Lenton was also a multiple winner with victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay.
Marzullo took first in the 1-meter at the Hoosierland Invite with a pool record score of 402.40. He also won the platform competition with a score of 387.85.
He was second on the 3-meter with a score of 425.35 at the Ohio State Invitational in December
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
LENTON IS BIG TEN, COLLEGESWIMMING.COM SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
After another record-setting performance in the pool, senior Matt Lenton is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced Jan. 20. He shared the honor with Bobby Savulich of Michigan.
Lenton was also named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com.
Lenton set two new school records and was victorious in four events as the Hoosiers posted dual meet wins over Ohio State and Missouri at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. After setting a new school mark in the 50-yard freestyle last weekend, Lenton topped the time with a 19.82 to win the 50 free race.
Later in the meet he re-set the record once again with a time of 19.45 on the lead-off leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Lenton, Bryan Chovanec, Ante Zoricic and A.J. Miller combined for a new school and pool-record time of 1:18.20 in the event.
Lenton also won the 100 freestyle (44.11) and was part of the winning 200-medley relay team (1:28.18). It is the first Big Ten weekly honor for Lenton.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM
It did not take long for mid-year transfer Daniel Sliwinski to get used to the collegiate scene as he added his name to the Hoosiers' all-time lists in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke in just his first meet.
Sliwinski recorded a time of 55.57 in the 100 breast against OSU/Missouri which makes him the 11th-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
His time of 2:01.77 against Michigan/Tennessee makes him the 14th-fastest Hoosier ever in the 200 breaststroke.
Sliwinski is no stranger to success as he has found it on the international scene swimming for his native England.
He won the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2008 World Youth Championships in Monterrey, Mexico in a time of 1:02.19 and also won the 50-meter breaststroke with a meet record 28.37.
GINOCCHIO MAKES WAVES
From seemingly out of nowhere, sophomore Bart Ginocchio has made dramatic improvements in both the 500 and 1,000 freestyles.
Against No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Tennessee on Jan. 10, Ginocchio shaved nearly 24 seconds off his career best in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:08.19. That ranks as the ninth-fastest time ever for an IU swimmer in the event.
In the 500 free, Ginocchio improved his time by nearly five seconds with a time of 4:26.66.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America put out their latest national rankings on Jan. 16 and Indiana moved up six spots to No. 8.
The Hoosiers were No. 14 in the preseason rankings and stayed there in the second poll on Oct. 31, the third poll on Nov. 14 and the fourth poll on Dec. 5.
Michigan is the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 22, followed by the Hoosiers, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 15 Purdue and No. 19 Penn State. Wisconsin and Iowa are in the also receiving votes category
DID YOU KNOW?
This season Hoosiers have posted times and scores among the Indiana all-time top 10 in the 50 free (Matt Lenton, Bryan Chovanec), 100 free (Ante Zoricic, Matt Lenton), 200 free (Titus Knight), 1,000 free (Bart Ginocchio), 100 butterfly (A.J. Miller), 200 free relay, 1-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo), three-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo) and Platform (Landon Marzullo).