Feb. 5, 2009
No. 7 Indiana at No. 16 Purdue- Meet Notes
NO. 7 INDIANA at NO. 16 PURDUE
Feb. 7- Noon ET
Boilermaker Aquatic Center
West Lafayette, Ind.
SETTING THE SCENE
No. 7 Indiana closes out the regular season with a dual meet against in-state rival No. 16 Purdue on Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon.
The meet gives the Hoosiers a chance to check out the pool where the 2009 Big Ten Championships will take place on Feb. 26-28.
Indiana won last year's meeting, 143-100 in Bloomington.
The diving portion of the meet was contested on Jan. 24 in Bloomington and both teams have divers at the USA Diving Selection Camp this week in Columbus, Ohio.
The winner of the meet will earn a point for its school in the Crimson and Gold Cup Challenge. The Hoosiers currently lead the competition, 4.5 to 2.5.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana took last week off, with its last competition a 67-37 win at Evansville on Jan. 24.
The Hoosiers traveled with a pared-down roster but still won every event entered.
Cody Weik took first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, while A.J. Miller was a winner in the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Indiana is 6-3 in dual meets this season.
Its only losses have come against No. 1 Texas and No. 3 Michigan (twice).
The Hoosiers were double winners on Jan. 17 with wins over No. 10 Ohio State and No. 22 Missouri a the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
It was another record-setting day for senior sprinter Matt Lenton as he broke his own school mark in the 50 free twice.
He began with a winning time of 19.82 in the 50 free race, then smashed that mark with a time of 19.45 on the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay.
That is just a tenth of a second off an NCAA A cut.
Lenton also won the 100 freestyle in 44.11.
Titus Knight improved upon his career best in the 100 free, taking second in 44.44.
Bryan Chovanec went 19.85 to finish second in the 50 free and swam the second leg of the 200 free relay in 19.23.
Landon Marzullo dominated the diving events with wins on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Lenton, Chovanec, Ante Zoricic and A.J. Miller teamed up to set a new school record of 1:18.20 in the 200 free relay.
All four swimmers swam their 50-yard segment in under 20 seconds.
IU also won the 200 medley relay, while Ryan Hinshaw went a persona best to win the 1,650 free (15:18.82). Indiana also took the 200 free (Knight), 100 back (Eric Ress), 200 back (Ress), 500 free (Ress), 100 fly (Miller).
Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country in No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Ohio State on Jan. 10 and came away with a split.
Lenton led the way with a then-record-setting time of 19.84 to win the 50 freestyle..
Lenton also posted a PR in the 100 free (43.99) and helped the 400 free relay team to an improved NCAA B time of 2:57.74.
Zoricic also PR'd in the 100 free, finishing third in 43.88.
Sophomore Bart Ginocchio showed the biggest improvement, taking 24 seconds off his personal best in the 1000 free with a time of 9:08.19.
That time is the ninth-fastest in school history and makes him the third-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
Ginocchio also moved into the top-20 all-time Hoosiers in the 500 free with a time of 4:26.66, five seconds faster than his previous career mark.
Heath Tameris was a double winner with victories in the 100 breaststroke (54.27) and 200 breaststroke (1:59.35).
Sophomore Landon Marzullo was first in the one-meter springboard competition and second on the three-meter.
EARLIER THIS YEAR...
The Hoosiers fared well at the Hoosierland Invite in November as Lenton recorded an NCAA B cut in the 50 free with a time of 20.02, placing third.
Knight continues to show marked improvement in his sophomore season. He posted a career-best and NCAA B time of 1:36.27 in the 200 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December where he finished sixth. He has the top eight times in the event this season.
Knight also posted a career best and NCAA B time in the 500 free (4:21.14) at the Hoosierland Invite. His career bests in the 50 free (21.07), 1,650 free (15:47.01) and 200 IM (2:02.97) also came at the Hoosierland Invite.
Freshman Eric Ress placed first in the C final of the 500 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals with an NCAA B time of 4:22.90. He was third in the C final of the 100 back (48.88) and finished seventh in the championship final of the 200 back (1:45.13).
Cody Weik had a strong showing at the Hoosierland Invite with career bests in the 200 IM (1:49.88) and 500 free (4:29.86).
Weik currently has the fastest times on the team this season in the 200 fly (1:47.34), 200 IM (1:49.88) and 400 IM (3:50.99). Weik achieved his time in the 400 IM in a first-place finish in the C final at the Short Course Nationals. It is also an NCAA B cut.
In a 158-129 dual meet win over Northwestern on Oct. 24, Aaron Opell led the way with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay.
Lenton was also a multiple winner with victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay.
Marzullo took first in the 1-meter at the Hoosierland Invite with a pool record score of 402.40. He also won the platform competition with a score of 387.85.
He was second on the 3-meter with a score of 425.35 at the Ohio State Invitational in December
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America put out their latest national rankings on Jan. 30 and Indiana moved up one spot to No. 7.
The Hoosiers were No. 14 in the preseason rankings and stayed there in the second poll on Oct. 31, the third poll on Nov. 14 and the fourth poll on Dec. 5. IU made the jump to No. 8 in the poll released on Jan. 16
Michigan is the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 3, followed by the Hoosiers, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 16 Purdue, and No. 19 Penn State. Wisconsin and Iowa are in the "also receiving votes" category.
MARZULLO TO COMPETE AT USA DIVING SELECTION CAMP
Sophomore Landon Marzullo will take part in the USA Diving selection camp, Feb. 8-11 in Columbus, Ohio.
USA Diving will choose divers to represent the U.S. on individual events at three 2009 international competitions - the World Championships, the Canada Cup and the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.
Teams will be announced Thursday, February 12. Only the individual events will be chosen at this camp. Synchronized teams will be chosen at a later date. A synchronized diving assessment will be held in conjunction with the selection camp so that USA Diving's new High Performance Director Steve Foley can make recommendations for new synchro teams and pair up divers he sees as being good fits together.