No. 25 Hoosiers Defeat Kentucky On Senior Night
February 7, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana seniors went out in style. In the final home dual meet for both the men's and women's swimming squads, which was held this evening at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, 11 seniors (nine females, including one diver and two males, including one diver) closed out impressive careers by leading their respective teams to victories over SEC-foe Kentucky. The 18th-ranked IU women easily disposed of the Wildcats, 139-96, while the 25th-ranked IU men (7-1 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) defied the pre-meet seedings, in which they were underdogs, to win 135-102. The IU women's squad (8-1 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) swam several of its swimmers as exhibition entries later in the meet because the large disparity in the score between the two teams.
"I thought Kentucky was ranked," said first-year Indiana men's coach Ray Looze, Jr. "They must be just on the fringe of the rankings. We are two evenly matched teams. This was the closest we've come this year to a complete victory. Kentucky was missing one of their best swimmers, and I believe that we still would have won, but the margin would have been closer."
On the men's side, sophomore Richard Bryant won both the 1,000- and 200-yard freestyle, while junior Claes Andersson was victorious in both the 50- and 100-yard free. Sophomore Murph Halasz (200 butterfly) junior Matt Leach (200 back) also captured individual events. On the diving boards, junior Marc Carlton won the 3-Meter competition with a score of 379.13. Senior Adam Hazes turned in an excellent performance on platform, finishing second with a score of 311.33.
Indiana controlled the women's meet from the outset and cruised to the easy victory. The Hoosiers won the 400-yard medley relay (4:48.19), while junior Sarah Fiden (1000-yard freestyle in 10:06.62), freshman Doherty Colgin (200 free in 1:52.05), junior Meghan Medendorp (50 free in 23.58), senior Tina Gretlund (2:05.40 in 200 IM), senior Kristy Martin (2:02.66 in 200 fly), and senior Anne Williams (52.36 in 100 fly) earned individual victories. Senior diver, and 2000 Olympian, Sara Hildebrand won on one-meter (304.95) and three-meter (328.35), while also winning the platform exhibition with a score of 291.90.
Swimming exhibition, Indiana freshman Lauren Lubus recorded the fastest time in the 500 free (4:56.00), Martin was the fastest in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.90), and the 400-yard free relay team also notched a season-best 3:26.20.
"Our relays were a lot better tonight and that was a big plus for us," said head women's coach Dorsey Tierney. "Lauren Lubus swam a couple of really good races, Meghan Medendorp was solid in the 50 and leading off the free relay, and Kristy Martin had a nice 200 fly. I am very excited for the seniors. They are an extremely loyal group and they've stayed intact (as a group from freshman to senior year), which is rare these days. It's been my pleasure coaching them. They know they've still got a lot of work to get done (in the coming weeks)."
While the women are now out of action until the Big Ten Championships at Purdue in two weeks, the IU men's squad heads to West Lafayette, Ind., tomorrow to take on the 18th-ranked Boilermakers in a dual meet that begins at 2:00 p.m.
"They are really, really tough," said Looze regarding Purdue. "We have to try to rest because this is a really tough turnaround swimming tonight and againt tomorrow. We have a chance to win but we have to turn in our biggest and best effort. We have a great deal of respect for them. They are predicted to win both relays and if they do they probably win the meet. They have really good swimmers and every event and we will have to win some races that we are not supposed to win."
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