Men's Swimming

    Titan Series Point on the Line as Hoosiers Host Boilermakers on Parent's Weekend and Senior Day

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    February 9, 2002

    Who: PURDUE
    Where: Bloomington, Indiana
    When: Saturday, February 9, 2002, 4 p.m.

    Indiana University Media Relations
    Swimming & Diving Contact
    -Geoff Sherman
    Phone-812-855-9399
    E-mail - gnsherma@indiana.edu

    For Meet Results
    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
    This will be the 76th meeting all-time between the intrastate rivals. Indiana holds a 51-24 edge over the Boilers, but PU had the edge last season defeating the Hoosiers, 131-112. This season's battle has a little more riding on it, the Titan Series. Indiana and Purdue have battled throughout the season for the Titan Series trophy with Indiana holding a 5-2.5 point edge as of Jan. 31. The Old Oaken Bucket, Monon Spike and Barnburner trophies are no match for the Titan Series. This encompasses all sports throughout the course of a single season. Throw out the records when these two get together because you never know.

    Titan Series
    This season is the inaugural year for the Titan Series involving the Indiana Hoosiers and the Purdue Boilermakers. Each sport is worth one point toward an overall championship. The winner of regular season head-to-head competition earns the point for its institution. If the teams split or tie in the regular season, the point is split between the two institutions (i.e. if each team wins two games in baseball the point is split). Indiana currently leads 5-2.5 with wins in volleyball, football, basketball, women's swimming & diving and cross country.

    Looking Ahead:
    BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
    12 p.m./7 p.m.
    Feb. 28-March 2, 2002
    Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
    Bloomington, Indiana

    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. Defending champion Minnesota is looking to defend its title, but the up-and-coming Hoosiers are looking to spoil that. The meet begins on Thursday with preliminary rounds beginning at Noon. The 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 1-meter diving kick off the event. Finals are that evening at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday's preliminary rounds begin at Noon and finals are also at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door with all sessions tickets costing $20 while prelims cost $5 and finals cost $7. Students get in for the flat price of $3 per session. For more information, visit our Web site located at iuhoosiers.com and just look for the 2002 Men's Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships logo on the right side of your screen.

    Hoosiers Spoil Senior Day in Lexington
    Indiana men' swimming & diving traveled to Lexington, Ky. to take on Kentucky and Cincinnati in the team's final road dual meet. IU spoiled UK's Senior Day by defeating the Wildcats, 129-113, and Bearcats, 178-58. The IU vs. UK battle came down to the 200 free relay to decide the victor. Indiana with a leg of 19.77 by sophomore Claes Andersson was victorious. Andersson also won the 50 and 100 free events. Freshman Richard Bryant led Indiana after he placed second in the 1000 free and immediately followed that with a victory in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:39.59. He later placed second in the 500 free and gave the victor a strong run for the victory. Senior Heath Montgomery placed third in the 200 free and 500 free in his final road dual meet.

    Hoosiers Split with Big Ten Champs at Iowa
    After being defeated at home by the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Indiana Hoosiers traveled to Iowa City for a double dual meet against Minnesota and Iowa. The Hoosiers dropped to the defending Big Ten Champion Gophers, but defeated the Hawkeyes in their home pool. IU was led by the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Matt Leach, junior David Schulze, freshman Murph Halasz and sophomore Claes Andersson. The tandem finished second behind Minnesota, but only one one-hundredth of a second behind. The time of 1:30.39 is the fastest of the season. Freshmen Richard Bryant and Halasz led Indiana individually. Bryant was victorious in the 1000 free and second in the 500 free while Halasz was victorious in the 200 fly and second in the 100 fly. IU lost to Minnesota, 200.5-98.5, and defeated Iowa, 169-130.

    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.

    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.

    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 11 one-hundredths of a second off the pace going into this week. "Murph is less than 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."

    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.

    Make it Eight Straight for Indiana Diving
    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."

    About Head Coach Kris Kirchner
    Kris Kirchner is in his 12th season as the Head Coach of the Indiana University men's swimming and diving team and has had a successful career. In his 11 seasons the Hoosiers have finished in the top five of the Big Ten Championship nine times and narrowly missed his 10th last season placing sixth overall. Kirchner began his career at the University of South Carolina and had success with the Gamecocks. In his five years, Kirchner led USC to five straight Metro Conference championships and never placed below 20th at NCAAs as the coach of the men's team. As a swimmer, Kirchner was a member of the 1981 NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns and he won the 50 freestyle NCAA title and was a member of two relay national champions. His career in swimming, both as sprinter and coach, has been a success and he is looking to further build on it.

    About Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber
    He has led IU to eight straight U.S. Diving National Championships, but the career of Dr. Jeff Huber is more than just those titles. Huber has been named U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the last four years and only five people have been given that distinction. He has also been named Big Ten Coach of the Year on six different occasions and has coached numerous diving champions including two-time NCAA Champion Mark Lenzi. His 12-year stint at IU has seen 24 All-Americans and 17 Big Ten champions including 2001 Big Ten one-meter champion Tom Davidson. He currently has Olympian Sara Reiling and Olympic hopefuls Cassandra Cardinell, Erin Quinn and Marc Carlton under his tutelage. Indiana University diving has been a tradition since the days of Hobie Billingsley, but Dr. Jeff Huber has taken the tradition to a whole new level.

    Chatting with Coach K
    Regarding the meet against Purdue:
    "This weekend is what it's all about. Parents are going to be here and the guys are going to be pumped because it's Purdue. We want to avenge last season's loss, but more than anything we want to outscore them at Big Tens. A win is what we are hoping to pull away from this weekend."

    Regarding the lack of seniors on the squad:
    "Heath has done a great job as our lone senior. He has given us everything he has and we appreciate it. His performance this season has been nothing short of spectacular and we are proud to have him as a Hoosier."

    Regarding the meet at Kentucky:
    "Oh, what more can I say about that meet. It was absolutely great. It should not have come down to the final event, but the guys hung in there and showed poise. The guts they had to push themselves beyond the limit was amazing. I am so proud of the team because of their grace under pressure and their ability when it's all on the line."

    Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
    Regarding this weekend's meet against Purdue:
    "We are looking forward to this meet because it is so close to conference. We are expecting to have a strone showing because of that reason. We have had our ups and downs and have had some injuries, but we will be ready when Big Tens come around."

    Regarding Big Tens which are less than three weeks away:
    "We are not quite where we would like to be due to injuries and such. I do think that there are a few people that might turn some heads. Marc (Carlton) and Alex (Burns) should show some people that Indiana diving is for real. We are looking forward to hosting the meet and we are looking for profound success."

    Regarding the progress of the team:
    "As was stated before, we are coming off some injuries which are somewhat significant. Alex's shoulder bothered him, Adam's wrist is still bothering him and we have had problems with injury all season. We are, however, going to be ready to compete for the title at the Big Ten Championship. It's in our home pool and we want to do the best that we can."

     

     

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