Hoosiers Defeat Iowa, Drop to Minnesota
January 26, 2002
Iowa City, Iowa -- The Indiana University men's swimming team returned to action today after a two-week hiatus and traveled to Iowa City to take on the host Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the 2001 Big Ten champions. The Hoosiers defeated Iowa, 169-130, but fell to Minnesota, 200.5-98.5, in a double dual meet.
"We swam really well on a great road trip," said head coach Kris Kirchner. "Our 200 medley relay time was one of the fastest we've ever turned in during my tenure here. We just have to do a better job finishing races."
As Kirchner mentioned, Indiana (2-3) turned in one of its top performances of the day in the 200 medley relay. The team of sophomore backstroker Matt Leach, junior breaststroker David Schulze, freshman butterflier Murph Halasz, and sophomore freestyler Claes Andersson recorded a time of 1:30.39, the eighth-best time in school history. Indiana set the school record in that event in 2001 with a time of 1:29.21.
Individually, true freshman Richard Bryant won the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:19.00. The time is the third-fastest in school history and the best time by a Hoosier in the event since James Sweeney set the school record with a time of 9:05.70 in 1989. Bryant also finished second in the 500-yard free, recording a time of 4:32.58.
Two other strong performances were turned in by freshman Murph Halasz, who finished first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.15) and second in the 100-yard fly (49.57). Earlier in the season, Halasz recorded a provisional NCAA qualifying time in the 200-yard fly.
In diving, sophomore Marc Carlton won the three-meter competition with 347.45 points, outdistancing Iowa's Timo Klami by more than 70 points. Carlton also finished third on the one-meter board. Carlton's performance on the 3-meter board was his top point total of the year.
"The issue with competing with Minnesota is improving our depth. At times I forget we are such a young team. That's not an excuse. It's reality. We just have to step up and become more competitive."
Indiana began the meet displaying good depth as sophomores Claes Andersson (20.67), Dale Ramsy (21.01) and Mike Payne (21.19) finished 2-3-4 in the 50-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard free, sophomore Dale Ramsy finished fourth but recorded a season best with a time of 46.45.
Indiana's 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior David Schulze, Andersson, Payne, and Ramsy finished second with a time of 3:04.04.
In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Heath Montgomery recorded the best time by any Indiana swimmer this season in the event as he recorded a time of 1:40.18, which was good for a third-place finish.
Schulze finished second in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, recording times of 56.41 and 2:02.17, respectively.
Indiana returns to the pool on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Hoosiers travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to take on the host Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats in a double dual meet. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
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