Feb. 4, 2010
No. 25 Indiana vs. No. 18 Purdue - Meet Notes
NO. 25 INDIANA VS. NO. 18 PURDUE
February 6, 2010 - Noon
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
SETTING THE SCENE
The 25th-ranked Hoosiers close out the regular season at home as they play host to rival No. 18 Purdue at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Indiana won last year's meet, 156-144, where it came down to the final event.
This will be the final home meet for seniors Tim Blue, Kevin Happ, Christopher Head, Aaron Opell, David Piercy and Mark Wetzel.
NEWS AND NOTES
Hoosier swimmers posted 12 season best times in a 179-121 loss at Louisville on Jan. 29.
Doug Spraul won the 200 back with his season best of 1:47.75.
Illya Larin was a winner in the 1,000 freestyle with a season best of 9:20.34.
Bryan Chovanec took second in the 50 free with a season best of 20.72.
Diver David Piercy was a double winner for the Hoosiers, taking both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles.
Piercy has won three 1-meter titles this dual meet season, as well as a pair of 3-meter titles.
Titus Knight was victorious in the 200 free and 500 free.
Knight has the eight fastest times in the 200 free and six of the eight fastest times in the 500 free this season.
Knight also has seven of the nine fastest times in the 100 free.
Indiana posted seven second-place finishes at Ohio State on Jan. 16.
Knight was second in the 200 free, with 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.
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, 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.
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.
The 25th-ranked Indiana men's swimming and diving team tallied up 12 season best times and six individual victories but it was not enough to overtake No. 16 Louisville, falling 179-121 to the Cardinals Friday night at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky.
To open the evening, Doug Spraul, Aaron Opell, Ante Zoricic and Bryan Chovanec posted a season best of 1:33.01 in the 200 medley relay to finish third. The quartet of Kevin Happ, Brenden Butler, Tyler Shedron and Sean Ransenberg finished fifth in 1:34.77.
Illya Larin picked up his second win of the season in the 1,000 freestyle with a season best of 9:20.34. Andrew Taylor was second in 9:22.05, more than 11 seconds faster than his previous season best. Bart Ginocchio finished fourth in 9:29.56, with Alex Kotliarsky in fifth at 9:31.75. Both were season bests.
Titus Knight continues to show his strength in the 200 freestyle, winning in a time of 1:38.73. Austin Steel was fifth in 1:42.25, a season best, and John Schnittker eighth in 1:44.10 (season best). Daniel Kanorr took 10th in 1:48.31.
Happ was the top finisher in the 100 backstroke with a fourth-place finish (52.21), with Mark Wetzel sixth (53.49). Opell's time of 59.04 in the 100 breaststroke was good for fifth place, with Butler sixth (59.47), Sam Trahin seventh (1:01.65) and Taylor eighth (1:02.47).
Shedron has IU's fastest time in the 200 butterfly this season and again led the way in the event on Friday with a third-place finish (1:50.89). Jon Hueni was fifth (1:54.60), Tim Blue sixth (1:55.02) and Bryant Honsa eighth (1:58.13).
Chovanec just missed out on posting an NCAA provisional mark in the 50 freestyle with his fastest time of the year at 20.72, good for second place. Right on his toes was Zoricic in 20.86, with Ransenberg sixth (21.62) and Wetzel seventh (21.69).
In the 1-meter diving competition it was all Indiana as David Piercy led a 1-2-3 Hoosier finish. Piercy took the top spot with a score of 321.45, followed by Zac Nees (304.80) and Casey Johnson (290.40). Mick Dell'Orco was fifth with 270.07 points. Piercy also led a 1-2 IU finish in the 3-meter springboard competition, tallying 332.24 points to Nees' 317.62. Dell'Orco placed fifth with a score of 254.85.
Knight was a third-place finisher in the 100 free with his time of 45.96, followed by Zoricic in fourth (46.18). Kanorr touched the wall in 48.10, a season best and good for seventh, with Ransenberg eighth (48.58).
Spraul shook off a disappointing 100 backstroke where he was disqualified with a false start by coming back to win the 200 backstroke in a season-best time of 1:47.15. Happ was third in 1:53.65 (season best), followed by Steel in fourth (1:54.05-season best) and Blue sixth (1:58.84).
Butler posted a fourth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke to lead Indiana (2:07.88), with Opell fifth (2:10.01) and Trahin seventh (2:14.40).
Knight earned his second victory of the meet with a time of 4:32.34 in the 500 freestyle, with Larin fourth in 4:36.11. Taylor took fifth in 4:38.87, and Honsa seventh (4:42.12).
Shedron was again the top IU butterflier, taking fourth in the 100 fly in 50.90. Blue was fifth in 51.34, with Bader Al-Muhana sixth (51.49-tied season best) and Spraul seventh (51.98).
In the final individual event of the night, Butler took second in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:00.54. Happ was fifth in 4:09.67, with Opell sixth (4:12.54) and Trahin seventh (4:13.07).
Knight, Zoricic, Shedron and Honsa were just off a season best in the 400 freestyle relay, taking second in 3:03.36. The team of Kanorr, Wetzel, Ransenberg and Taylor was fourth (3:10.03), with Chovanec, Hueni, Al-Muhana and Larin sixth (3:14.83). Ginocchio, Steel, Kotliarsky and Schnittker took seventh in a time of 3:15.91.
PIERCY NAMED BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK
Indiana University senior diver David Piercy was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference office announced on Feb. 2.
Piercy turned in a pair of NCAA qualifying marks as part of two victories in the Hoosiers' dual meet at No. 16 Louisville Friday night. Piercy finished with a score of 321.45 in the 1-meter springboard competition, registering his fourth highest score of the season in the event. The Ft. Wayne, Ind. native completed his sweep for Indiana with a victory on the 3-meter springboard, totaling 332.24 points. This is the first career Big Ten Diver of the Week honor for Piercy and the first award for a Hoosier diver 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.