Jan. 27, 2010
No. 25 Indiana at No. 16 Louisville- Meet Notes
NO. 25 INDIANA AT NO. 16 LOUISVILLE
January 29, 2010 - 5 p.m.
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will travel to their final nonconference dual meet of the season on Friday as they take on No. 16 Louisville at Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky.
Indiana is looking to bounce back from a 224-74 loss at then-No. 12 Ohio State on Jan. 16.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana posted seven second-place finishes at Ohio State on Jan. 16.
Titus Knight was second in the 200 free, with Doug Spraul second in the 200 backstroke.
Ante Zoricic was second in the 50 free, with Tim Blue second in the 100 fly.
Casey Johnson finished second on the 3-meter springboard, and Kevin Happ second in the 200 IM. The 400 free relay team also took a second-place finish.
David Piercy led a sweep of the diving events for the IU men at Michigan with wins in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events.
Johnson completed the sweep with a victory on the platform (341.78).
Zoricic was the only individual winner for IU at Michigan, taking the 100-yard freestyle (46.05).
At Kentucky, Illya Larin earned his first collegiate win in the 1,000 free, while Spraul swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.
Tyler Lemert earned the sweep in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
David Piercy won the men's 1-meter springboard event, while Brenden Butler won the 400-yard individual medley.
At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, Knight swam his fastest time of the season in the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.65 in the prelims. He went on to finish 13th in the event.
Knight also improved his time in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:26.69 (NCAA B) and finishing 15th. Tyler Shedron posted his fastest time of the year at the meet (4:29.11).
Shedron also took 13th in the 200 butterfly and came home with IU's fastest time of the year (1:48.81).
Aaron Opell was 23rd in the 200 IM and clocked his best time of the season at 1:49.78.
Opell also took 15th in the 400 IM, posting a B cut of 3:55.64.
Ante Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Opell finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:03.12.
The quartet also took ninth in the 800 free relay (6:45.67), 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:33.18) and ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:19.65).
The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.
Spraul owns the five fastest IU times this year in the 200 back and five of the six fastest times in the 100 back.
Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting a 4:29.57.
Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-six Hoosier times in the event this year.
Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45).
Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay.
In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
OHIO STATE RECAP
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team tallied seven second-place finishes on the afternoon but came up short in a dual meet with No. 12 Ohio State, falling 224-74 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio on January 16.
The meet opened with the 200 medley relay as Doug Spraul, Aaron Opell, Bader Al-Muhana and Bryan Chovanec combined for a time of 1:33.33 to finish fourth. Illya Larin was the top Hoosier finisher in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a fifth-place time of 9:31.43. Brenden Butler was seventh (9:36.07) and Bart Ginocchio eighth (9:37.87-season best). Larin also finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:37.26), with Tyler Shedron sixth (4:47.92) and Titus Knight seventh (4:50.79).
Knight's time of 1:38.96 was good for second in the 200 free, with Bryant Honsa touching the wall in 1:43.57, good for fifth. Knight also took fourth in the 100 free (45.95), with Shedron sixth (46.76-season best) and Ante Zoricic seventh (47.61).
Spraul took second in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:49.08. Kevin Happ was sixth (1:53.81-season best) and Austin Steel seventh (1:56.97). Spraul was a third-place finisher in the 100-yard backstroke (51.41), followed by Happ in sixth (52.17-season best).
Opell was a fifth-place finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.43), as Butler took sixth (59.75) and Sam Trahin seventh (1:01.85). The Hoosiers followed the same order in the 200 breaststroke with Opell in fifth (2:07.29), with Butler sixth (2:10.90) and Trahin seventh (2:15.61).
Shedron placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.52, with Jon Hueni sixth (1:54.56) and Tim Blue seventh (1:54.68).
Zoricic posted a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.86, followed by Chovanec in fourth (21.03) and Sean Ransenberg sixth (21.39-season best).
Blue was a second-place finisher in the 100-yard butterfly (51.20), followed closely by Al-Muhana in 51.79. Hueni came in fourth at 52.21, with Spraul fifth (54.16).
On the 1-meter springboard, Zac Nees led the way with a fourth-place finish (309.30), followed by David Piercy in fifth (282.53) and Casey Johnson sixth (240.75).
Johnson posted a second-place finish in the 3-meter springboard competition with a score of 305.18. Nees was fourth (287.10) and Piercy fifth (277.05).
Happ, Opell, Steel and Trahin went 2-3-4-5 in the 200-yard individual medley, with Happ taking second in 1:56.65, followed by Opell (1:58.00), Steel (1:58.43) and Trahin (2:01.24).
In the final event of the day, Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Honsa posted a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.92 the second-fastest time by the Hoosiers this season.
HOOSIERS RANKED 25th IN DUAL MEET POLL
In the third poll of the season released on Dec. 16, Indiana is No. 25 in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Division I coaches poll.
The Hoosiers were No. 18 in the first poll and No. 20 in the second set of rankings.
A total of five Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 6 Michigan. Ohio State is No. 9, followed by Minnesota at No. 10, No. 18 Purdue and the Hoosiers. Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State and Northwestern are also receiving votes.
Texas, whom the Hoosier swam on Oct. 30, is the top-ranked team, followed by Stanford and Arizona.