Hoosiers to Face Kentucky and Purdue
February 6, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams will conclude the dual meet portion of their respective schedules this weekend. On Friday, February 7, the men's and women's squads will face the University of Kentucky in a co-ed dual meet at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, which is located on the IU-Bloomington campus. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. The meet vs. Kentucky will be the final dual meet of the year for the IU women's squad. The men's squad will conclude its dual meet season at 18th-ranked Purdue at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
The 25th-ranked men's squad, which is under the direction of first-year head coach Ray Looze, Jr., will enter Friday's action vs. Kentucky with a 6-1 overall record, including a 3-1 record in Big Ten dual meet competition. If Indiana is able to secure victories over Kentucky and Purdue in its final two dual meets of the season, it would mark the first time since 1982 that the Hoosiers have finished the season with only one dual meet loss. Head coach Dorsey Tierney's 17th-ranked women's squad has recorded a 7-1 overall dual meet record in 2002-03, which includes a 5-1 mark in Big Ten action.
Friday's meet vs. Kentucky will be the final meet for 11 IU seniors. On the men's side, seniors Adam Hazes and David Schulze will be seeing their final action at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. One of the top breaststrokers in the nation, Schulze was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002 and holds the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke. He maintains the second-best time in school history in the 200 breaststroke.
Said Schulze of his goals for the remainder of the season, "I want to help the team score as high as possible at Big Tens. I also want to qualify a relay for NCAAs and make an individual final at NCAAs."
Hazes, who is legally deaf, also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior and finished fourth on 3-Meter and eighth on 1-Meter at the 2002 Big Ten Championships.
The women's program will say goodbye to nine swimmers and divers who have played a critical role in the emergence of the IU women's swimming program over the past several years, which included a 10th-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
Swimming in their final home meet vs. Kentucky will be seniors Jenny Bechem, Megan Geers, Tina Gretlund, Maggie Helmers, Kristy Martin, Colleen McCracken, and Anne Williams. In addition, senior divers Sara Hildebrand and Lori Matthys will also be competing in their final home dual meet vs. the Wildcats. Included in this group is a 2000 Olympian (Sara Hildebrand), three individual school record holders (Geers in the 100-yard breaststroke, Gretlund in both the 200-yard fly and 200 IM, and Hildebrand in numerous diving events), and three school record holders as a member of relays (Williams in 200 and 400 free relay and 200 and 400 medley relay, Gretlund in 800 free relay, and Geers in 400-yard medley relay).
On Saturday, the 25th-ranked men's squad will conclude its dual meet schedule as the Hoosiers travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face the Boilermakers at 2:00 p.m. The men's competition at Purdue will decide another point in the ongoing Titan Series between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. Indiana leads this year's Titan Series, 4.5-3.0, with the two schools scheduled to meet in a wrestling dual match on Friday in Bloomington.
Following this weekend's dual meets, both teams will have several weeks without competition prior to the 2003 Big Ten Championships. The IU women will take a two-week hiatus from competition until the Big Ten Championships commence in West Lafayette, Ind., on February 19. The men will return to the pool from February 27-March 1 at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Scouting the Kentucky Women:
The Kentucky men's swimming and diving squad enters Friday's meet with a 3-3 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats broke into the win column in SEC dual meet action this past weekend as UK defeated LSU, 165-123. Versus the LSU Tigers, freshman Steven Manley was the star of the day as he won three individual events and anchored the men's 400-yard relay to a first-place finish. He also won the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.66), 500 free (4:32.46) and 200 IM (1:53.73). Senior Roger Watkins won the 100 breaststroke (55.76) and 200 breaststroke (2:02.76), while finishing second in the 50free (20.93). Senior All-America diver Clayton Moss was victorious on both one-meter and three-meter springboards.
Scouting the Kentucky Women:
The University of Kentucky women's swimming and diving team enters Friday's meet with a 1-5 overall record, including an 0-4 mark against SEC competition. In its most recent outing, which was a 177-114 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Kentucky managed to win three events. Sophomore Chrissy Miller won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:52.83 and also helped the 400-freestyle relay team earn a first-place finish in a time of 3:34.49. The women's top performance in an individual event was the the 200-yard individual medley, as freshmen Shantel Commander (2:09.30) and Laura Graham (2:10.69), along with junior Kendra Trahan (2:14.78) were the top three finishers. Freshman Brennon Moore finished second in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:14.13) and JoAnna McLean finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (53.30).
Scouting the Purdue Men:
Purdue is currently ranked 18th nationally and maintains a 7-4 overall record, including a 2-4 record in Big Ten action. The Boilermakers most recently competed at the Quad Meet Duals in Minneapolis this past weekend. Purdue lost to sixth-ranked Minnesota, 240-113, and to 10th-ranked Wisconsin by five points. Purdue's Tomas Bessenyei is currently ranked 18th nationally in the 100-yard breaststroke and 20th in the 200 breast, while Louis Paul is presently 32nd in the 100-yard backstroke.
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