Feb. 7, 2008
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No. 8 Indiana vs. No. 12 Purdue
Records: Indiana 4-3 / Purdue 7-3
Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
February 9, 2008- Noon ET
SETTING THE SCENE
The eighth-ranked Hoosiers close out the regular season portion of their schedule with a dual meet against in-state rival No. 12 Purdue on Feb. 9 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
This will serve as the final home meet for 10 IU seniors: Alex Brunfeldt, Norm Ference, Alec Haley, Ronald Hehn, Ben Hesen, John Kevin Koehler, David Legler, Todd Patrick, Pat Penoyar and Taylor Roberts.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana is 4-3 in dual meets, most recently defeating previously unbeaten No. 7 Tennessee, 166-134 on Jan. 18 in Knoxville.
This will be the final tuneup for the Hoosiers before the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 28-March 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In the win over Tennessee, Landon Marzullo led a 1-2 IU finish in the 1-meter springboard with a season-best score of 348.23. Taylor Roberts got the second place nod at 321.60, with David Legler sixth (260.56). It was all Hoosiers in the 3-meter springboard as Kris Hill took the title (364.95), followed by Marzullo (363.98), Roberts (349.29) and Will Bohonyi (331.05).
The 200 medley relay team of Ben Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Todd Patrick and Matt Lenton posted an NCAA `B' mark of 1:28.47 to finish second, just 1/10th of a second off the winning time. John Kevin Koehler led the distance crew with a second-place time of 9:21.08 in the 1000 freestyle, followed by Alex Brunfeldt in third (9:22.91). Brunfeldt's time was a season best.
The Hoosiers came out on top in the 200 free and had three of the top five finishers, led by Todd Patrick's winning time of 1:38.46. Titus Knight touched the wall third (1:42.14) and Cody Weik fifth (1:43.73).
Hesen continued his win streak in the backstroke, taking the 100-yard title in a time of 48.95 and gliding to victory in the 200 with an NCAA provisional time of 1:44.83. Penoyar was first in the 100 breaststroke (55.52), with Ronnie Hehn fourth (57.40).
Valuable points were won in the 200 butterfly as Alec Haley took second (1:52.52) and Steven Murry third (1:52.96). Lenton was second in the 50 freestyle (20.83), while newcomer Ante Zoricic had a solid showing with a fourth-place mark of 21.38.
Patrick picked up his second win of the afternoon with a time of 45.07 in the 100 freestyle as Zoricic took home fifth (46.74) and Lenton sixth (47.65). In the 200 individual medley, it was Patrick touching the wall first yet again, this time bringing it home in a season-best and NCAA provisional time of 1:47.93. A.J. Miller's fourth-place time of 1:53.13 was also a season best.
It was another points haul for the Hoosiers in the 200 breast as Penoyar took nearly two seconds off his previous season best and recorded an NCAA `B' time of 2:00.34 to finish second. Macgregor Leo was third (2:04.66) and Alec Haley fourth (2:05.78). Indiana's depth also came through in the 500 freestyle with a second-place finish from Brunfeldt (4:33.20), third by Koehler (4:33.86) and fourth from Knight (4:34.85).
Hesen's third individual and fourth overall first-place finish came in the 100 butterfly where he clocked an NCAA provisional time of 48.21. The 400 freestyle relay grouping of Zoricic, Lenton, Knight and Koehler came up with a win in a time of 3:02.41 to seal the victory.
The Boilermakers are coming off a weekend split, defeating Wisconsin 268-85 but falling to Minnesota, 203-150.
Purdue is 4-1 against Big Ten competition with victories over Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Purdue won the meeting last year, 125-118.
Head coach Dan Ross is in his 23rd year as head coach at Purdue.
Indiana graduate Adam Soldati is in his third year as head diving coach.
Saturday marks the final home meet for 10 Indiana swimming and diving seniors.
Alex Brunfeldt, Norm Ference, Alec Haley, Ronald Hehn, Ben Hesen, John Kevin Koehler, David Legler, Todd Patrick, Pat Penoyar and Taylor Roberts will be honored before the meet.
MARZULLO NAMED BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK
For the second time this season, freshman Landon Marzullo is the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the league office announced Jan. 22.
Marzullo helped the Hoosiers down No. 7 Tennessee on Jan. 18, 166-134, by leading an IU sweep of the diving events. His first-place one-meter dive of 348.23 met the NCAA Zone qualifying mark as did his second-place three-meter dive of 363.98.
Earlier this season, Marzullo provided valuable points in a dual meet victory at Northwestern to earn his first Big Ten honor. The freshman swept both diving events, earning his first and second career wins. Off the one-meter, he posted a score of 328.20, distancing himself from the second-place competitor by more than 10 points. On the three-meter board, Marzullo racked up 296.48 points for the victory.
Indiana is No. 8 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Jan. 18.
Indiana was No. 8 in the preseason poll and No. 7 in the Nov. 7 and Dec. 17 polls.
Indiana is one of seven Big Ten teams in the top 25, joining No. 4 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 12 Purdue, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 16 Penn State ad No. 17 Northwestern. Wisconsin is in the also receiving votes category.
Indiana is 1-2 against ranked teams this season, falling twice to No. 4 Michigan and defeating No. 7 Tennessee.
Ben Hesen currently has the 14th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 100 back (47.75) and 200 back (1:44.73).
His time of 47.77 in the 100 butterfly is 21st.
Todd Patrick is 16th in the 200 individual medley (1:47.93) and 15th in the 400 individual medley (3:52.27).
Pat Penoyar is 29th in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.34).