Men's Swimming

    Hoosiers to Take on No. 19 Purdue in Dual Season Finale

    Go Hoosiers! David Legler and the Hoosiers wrap up the dual season at Purdue this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    David Legler and the Hoosiers wrap up the dual season at Purdue this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 25, 2007

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    Date: Jan. 27, 2007, 10 a.m.
    Opponent: No. 19 Purdue
    Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
    Facility: Boilermaker Aquatic Center

    Indiana will face No. 19 Purdue (6-6, 3-4 Big Ten) on Saturday, Jan. 27, the Boilermakers' Senior Day. The Hoosiers have won the last five meetings between the two squads, and own an all-time record of 56-24 against the Boilers. The winner of the competition will take a full point in the AT&T Crimson & Gold Cup.

    No. 11 Indiana claimed a 134-108 win over No. 14 Purdue on Feb. 4, 2006, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Overall, the Hoosiers captured nine event titles, with Lee Houchin and Nick Walkotten pacing Indiana with three event titles each. The win was the fifth straight in the series for the Hoosiers, who have not fallen to the Boilermakers since a 131-112 setback on Feb. 3, 2001.

    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 moved its dual meet record back above .500 with a 153-136 win over Missouri on Jan. 20, the Hoosiers' Senior Day.

    After honoring seniors Lee Houchin, Reed Martin, Ryan McNeill, Ryan Millard, Drew Ossakow, Paul Sigfusson and manager Scott Wetzel before the meet, the Hoosiers won 13 of the 16 events on the day to top the Tigers and remain undefeated in 2007.

    For the third consecutive meet, junior Pat Penoyar won the 200-yard medley relay, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Nick Walkotten was on the 200 medley relay and won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, while junior John Kevin Koehler won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle and was on the winning 800-yard freestyle relay unit. Junior Todd Patrick also notched multiple wins, taking part in the 800 free relay and winning the 200-yard backstroke.

    Junior Todd Patrick was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 9 after winning four events in leading IU 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 due to injury, Roberts returned after a week off did not miss a beat, 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. Seven of IU's eight 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 and the 200-yard freestyle unit of Patrick, Lenton, Nick Walkotten and Hesen.

    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 will next see action at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 15-17.




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