Hoosiers Down Purdue on Senior Day
February 7, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - The 23rd-ranked Indiana men's swimming and diving team knocked off intrastate rival Purdue, 134-107 on Senior Day. With the victory, the Hoosiers close out the regular season with a 5-7 overall mark and a 3-4 Big Ten record, while the Boilermakers end the regular season with a 4-8 overall record and 1-4 league mark.
Five Hoosiers were honored during their final home meet. Seniors Claes Andersson, Pat Costello, Adam Goff, Matt Leach and Mike Payne competed for the final time in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Over their four-year careers, they finished with a 13-4 record at home.
IU opened the meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. Freshman Colin Russell came-from-behind on the last leg to overtake Purdue. Russell, along with Leach, junior Murph Halasz and sophomore Kevin Swander went a season-best 3:17.82 and earned a NCAA "B" cut time.
The Hoosiers swept the top three spots in the 50-yard free. Andersson finished first with a season-best time of 20.44. Payne followed with 20.71, while freshman Matt Maley placed third at 20.89.
Following the 50-yard free, Halasz earned his second victory of the afternoon, going 1:48.98 in the 200-yard butterfly.
Indiana continued to dominate, this time securing the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle. Andersson won for the second time with a season-best time of 45.41. Freshman Lee Houchin finished second with 45.84 and Payne was third at 45.85.
Russell netted his second win of the meet in the 500-yard free with 4:35.47. McNeill came in second at 4:36.67 with freshman Paul Sigfusson finishing third at 4:38.87.
Swander produced a season and career-best time of 2:00.15 in the 200-yard breaststroke. His time was good for a third-place finish.
Junior Ryan Fagan, IU's lone diver, finished second in both the one and three-meter. Fagan scored 283.275 in the one-meter and 304.275 in the three-meter.
The Hoosiers closed out the afternoon with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Payne, Andersson, Houchin and sophomore Dave Winck claimed the top spot in the time of 3:01.49.
IU's victory also gives Indiana a 4.5-4.0 lead over Purdue in the Titan Series. The Series was created before the 2001-02 season and is awarded 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.
Additionally, men's diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber presented the first annual Doc Lewis Memorial Award to Clarence Doninger. Mr. Doninger is the former Director of Athletics 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. The award will be presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the IU diving program.
Up next, the Hoosiers return to the pool for the Big Ten Championships on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28, in West Lafayette.
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