January 29, 2002
Men's Swimming & Diving Notes
|Who: vs. Kentucky & Cincinnati
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
When: Saturday,February 2, 2002,11 a.m.
|Indiana University Media Relations
Swimming & Diving Contact-Geoff Sherman
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Complete meet results will be made available on the Web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing women's swimming & diving from the main menu. For more information contact Geoff Sherman or Todd Starowitz in the Media Relations office at (812) 855-9399.
Inside the Series
Indiana and Cincinnati have gotten together 55 times in the past. The Hoosiers own an amazing 51-4 record against the Bearcats. The .927 winning percentage is the highest that IU owns against any of its opponents.
Last season the Hoosiers defeated the Bearcats 151-90 in what was IU's most lopsided victory of the 2001 spring season. The Hoosiers won eight events including both relays. Indiana and Kentucky have gotten together 10 times in the past with IU owning a 9-1 mark against the Wildcats.
The Hoosiers suffered their lone loss to UK rivalry in the 2000-01 campaign. UK defeated IU 150-92.The lone winners for Indiana were senior Tom Davidson, who was victorious on the one-meter springboard, senior Will Bernhardy who won the 200 backstroke and junior Heath Montgomery also won the 200 individual medley.
Hoosiers Host Big Tens
The 2001-02 season culminates in the Men's Big Ten Conference Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University will play host for the third time in five years. Last season, the Hoosiers finished 6th at the Big Ten meet scoring 284 points.
The venue also hosted last season's women's Big Ten Championship.
Hoosiers Fall to Ohio State
After a successful fall season that saw a second place finish at the U.S. Open, the Hoosiers returned to Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center to take on Ohio State. The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 133-110.
The bright spots of the meet were freshmen Murph Halasz and Richard Bryant. Bryant set season best times in both the mile and the 500 freestyle in winning both events. Halasz was victorious in the 200 fly and placed third in the 200 IM.
Junior David Schulze was victorious in the 200 breast and finished second in the 200 IM for the Hoosiers.
U.S. Open: Hoosiers Finish Second Overall
The Indiana men's swimming team finished the U.S. Open on Long Island in second place with a total of 130 points. Freshman Murph Halasz led the Indiana contingent after winning the preliminary round of the 200-meter butterfly and finishing tied for third in the final. The two swimmers ahead of the young Hoosier were two-time Olympian Tom Malchow and world record holder Michael Phelps.
Junior David Schulze finished in fifth in the 200 breast and, along with Halasz, finished in the top six in the 200-meter individual medley as well.
Hoosiers Looking to Continue Streak
The Hoosiers have sent at least one swimmer or diver to every NCAA Championship since 1984. Prior to that the Hoosiers not only won 23 Big Ten titles, but also sent a swimmer or diver to the NCAAs every year between 1955 and 1983.
Indiana Men's Swimming Ranked in Top 25
The final College Swim Coaches Association of American Top 25 poll saw no surprises at the top, but the Indiana Hoosiers worked their way into the poll. IU sits in 22nd after a U.S. Open showing that gave the program an added boost.
The Hoosiers placed second as a team at the U.S. Open and currently has a 1-1 dual meet record.
An International Flavor
Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home.
Freshman Richard Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America.
Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Average Age: 19.1 years
The Hoosiers this season are a young squad. Head Coach Kris Kirchner has brought in 17 newcomers to the Hoosier team. The squad has only six sophomores, one junior and one senior so the team's average age is 19.1 years old.
"We are a young squad," said Kirchner. "But I wanted to see a team effort this season and so far that is exactly what I have gotten."
He also said that the team may be young, but the amount of potential he sees in this team is tremendous.
Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university.
Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner.
"They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana."
Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.
The Chase is Underway
On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly they could be in jeopardy.
Freshman Murph Halasz could be the name to end up replacing the most decorated Olympian in modern history. He is just three seconds off the pace heading into the Invitational.
"Murph is about one second away from the 200 fly record," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "I believe that by the end of the season he will break the 200 record and by the end of his career he will own both the 100 and 200 fly records."
"This time is a good, fast time," said Kirchner. "It is a time that has become what can be referred to as a 'magic time.' We really hope it gets broken because we know that it can be."
Eight Straight Titles? Are you serious?
Indiana diving is carrying on the long standing tradition of dynasties at Indiana University. In April, the squad won its seventh straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championship and in August the team set a precedent by winning its eighth straight title at the Outdoor Nationals.
"I really was not expecting the eighth," said Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I am really proud that we have won eight team championships because it shows that regardless of their individual goals, the divers recognize the uniqueness of being a national team champion."
It's Official: Huber Declared Coach of Year
On Monday, October 29, 2001, Dr. Jeff Huber, Indiana Head Diving Coach, was officially named the U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time at the organization's annual convention.
"It is a great honor," said Huber. "I am happy to be awarded the honor and it is just a testament to our program and the divers. We are not just individuals, but we are a team."
In addition, Huber has been a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led Indiana diving to eight straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships.
Carlton Earned Diver of the Week Honor
For the second time in this young season, sophomore diver Marc Carlton was honored by the Big Ten Conference as Diver of the Week for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6.
Carlton was a stunning 5-0 in competitions at the Indiana Winter Invitational. He was victorious in both the open and collegiate one-meter and three-meter competitions. Carlton also won the Three-meter Springboard Dive-Off.
"It is a great honor," said Carlton. "I have been working extremely hard this season to get better and I have really taken off. It is great to see that all the hard work that I have put in has finally begun to pay off."
Aquatic Center Gets New Look
The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center underwent a bit of revamping over the winter break. The facility has all new banners highlighting the team's six NCAA Championships, 23 men's Big Ten championships, one women's Big Ten championship, the diving team's eight consecutive combined team U.S. Diving National titles, one men's team title and four women's team titles.
"This is a great honor for us," said Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "We feel as if this banners acknowledge the accomplishments that we, the diving team, and the swimming teams have garnered over the years. It lets people know the tradition that follows the swimming and diving team wherever we go."
|Chatting with Coach K
Regarding the meet against Kentucky and Cincinnati:
"This Saturday will be a great meet. We have seen Cincinnati already this season and know what they are capable of, but Kentucky could give us trouble."
Regarding the progress of the team with Big Tens just five weeks out:
"I am really pleased with the fast swimming part of the team, now we need to focus on beating people and getting to the wall first. That will win meets for us."
Regarding the team's performance versus Minnesota and Iowa: "We really swam great in most events. Swam great, had personal bests, but got beat in the score. Swimming can have great success individually, but you still can get beat as a team. We do have a very young team and sometimes I forget that. I do think the future is going to be great , I mean in five weeks and beyond......even tomorrow."
|Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
Regarding this weekend's meet against Kentucky & Cincinnati:
"Well, we are looking good as compared to the beginning of the season. Marc is carrying the majority of the load, but Alex and Adam are coming around and we expect them to give us a strong contribution as Big Tens come closer."
Regarding Big Tens which are five weeks out:
"We have been training for Big Tens throughout the season. How we perform at Big Tens will dictate the progression this team has made. Yes, we hold national championships, but we are hoping to get a little more out of the Big Ten Championships. We have a good amount of work ahead of us."
Regarding the progress of the team heading toward Big Tens:
"Mark had a breakout weekend against Iowa. He did a great job. He earned a lifetime best and it is great for him. As I said, we are getting better every week. We look better and better and we want to continue that through Big Tens and into Nationals later in the year. We have our work cut out for us, but we should be alright when the championship comes to town."