No. 23 Hoosiers Host Boilers on Senior Day
February 5, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team returns to the pool after a two-week hiatus for 2004 Senior Day. The No. 23 Hoosiers will host archrival Purdue in a 1:00 p.m. match up on Feb. 7 at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The meet will be the final home affair for five Hoosiers. Seniors Claes Anderson, Pat Costello, Adam Goff, Matt Leach and Mike Payne will compete for the final time in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Over their four-year Hoosier careers, they are 12-4 at home.
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers will compete for an important all-sports' Titan Series point. The series was created before the 2001-02 season and is award to the school that accumulates the most points via victories in head-to-head competition. The two state rivals have split the first two years of the Titan Series and this season, Purdue holds a slim 4.0-3.5 lead.
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Purdue is coming off two Big Ten losses on January 31. The Boilermakers fell to Wisconsin, 199-151 and Minnesota, 234-118 in their tri-meet on Saturday. Purdue fell to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.
Sophomore Gordon Pogioli set a pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:00.06. The old record stood at 2:01.19.
In the diving competition, junior Clayton Davis and sophomore Josh Karshen swept both diving events, placing first and second, respectively, in both the one and three-meter competitions.
The Boilers own victories over Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech and Michigan State. Indiana and Purdue have five common opponents, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Texas A&M. The Boilers lost all five of those match ups, while the Hoosiers went 1-4 against the group, including a win over Iowa in Iowa City.
Last season, the Hoosiers traveled to West Lafayette and knocked off the 18th-ranked Boilermakers in the final event, 127-116.
Recapping Minnesota and Iowa
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team split a pair of Big Ten meets when they defeated Iowa 149-145 and fell to No. 6 Minnesota 172-126. The Hoosiers record moved to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in Big Ten action.
"Our win over Iowa was one of the more satisfying wins I have gotten to watch. Everyone really wanted it and the guys really stepped it up, " said head swimming and diving coach Ray Looze. "We also won seven events against a great team like Minnesota. It was very satisfying for us to get a win and put up such a good showing against such tough competition."
Junior Murph Halasz picked up two first place finishes in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. In the 200 fly, Halasz earned an NCAA "B" cut and a season-best time of 1:47.84. In the 100-yard fly, Halasz also had a season-best time of 49.24. He capped off his day with a second place finish in the 200 IM with a season-best time of 1:52.08.
Sophomore Kevin Swander was the other double winner of the Hoosiers taking first place in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Swander earned an NCAA "B" cut time and a season and personal-best time of 55.42. In the 200-yard breaststroke, he also has a season and personal-best time of 2:01.36. With his times, Swander moved to fifth on the all-time best list for the 100-yard breaststroke and sixth on the all-time best list for the 200.
In the sprint freestyle races, senior Mike Payne finished in third place with a time of 20.84. Freshman Colin Russell won the 500 free with a time of 4:34.31. He went on to place second in the 200-yard free with a season-best time of 1:39.42.
Freshman Ryan McNeill put his name in the Hoosiers record books with his performance in the 1000-yard freestyle. McNeill placed third overall with a time of 9:31.06. The time is the eight-fastest in school history.
Senior Matt Leach took third place in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 49.99. In the 200-yard backstroke, Leach placed fifth with a season-best time of 1:50.80. Sophomore Matt Jones placed fourth overall in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 1:49.35.
In the relay events, the team of Leach, Swander, Halasz and Andersson took first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a season-best time of 1:30.00. The time was the fifth-fastest in school history and less than two seconds off the school record.
The 400-yard freestyle relay of junior David Winck, Andersson, Payne and Russell placed second with a time of 3:01.39. The time was a season best for the Hoosiers.
In the diving competition, junior Ryan Fagan placed second in the three-meter competition with a season and personal best 314.35 points. The scored was good enough for an NCAA Zone cut. In the one-meter competition, Fagan placed third with 268.55 points.
Claes Andersson - Boras, Sweden
Pat Costello - Arlington Heights, Ill.
Adam Goff - Kokomo, Ind.
Matt Leach - Beaverton, Ore.
Mike Payne - Bedford, Ind.
"Doc" Lewis Award
Dr. Jeff Huber will present the first annual Doc Lewis Memorial Award to Clarence Doninger at the Purdue meet. Mr. Doninger is the former Director of Athletics here at Indiana and a long time supporter of Indiana diving.
This award is named after Dr. Ronald "Doc" Lewis, a long time supporter and volunteer assistant diving coach for the Indiana University diving program.Doc was a microbiologist for the EPA and in his spare time worked tirelessly for the diving program. When he retired, he moved to Bloomington and devoted countless hours of service. This award will be presented annually to an individual who had made significant contributions to the IU diving program.
Swander Impressive in Breaststroke
Sophomore breaststroker Kevin Swander has emerged as one of the top breaststrokers in the Big Ten. He won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes in the double dual meet against No. 8 Minnesota and Iowa.
More impressive were his times, which ranked among the nation's elite this season and among the best in Hoosier history. His 100-yard breast time of 55.42 ranks 22nd in the nation this year and is the fifth fastest in school history. His 200 time of 2:01.36 ranks 31st in country and is the sixth fastest in school history
Making the Cut
Swander accomplished the feat with a time of 55.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Halasz went 1:47.84 to earn an NCAA provisional time in the 200-yard butterfly.
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