Men's Swimming

    HOOSIERS FALL TO PURDUE IN LAST EVENT

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    ="purdue"> February 7, 1998

    HOOSIERS FALL TO PURDUE IN LAST EVENT

    In the most exciting meet of the season, Indiana's men's swimming and diving team lost to Purdue, 124.5-118.5. The meet came down to the last event, the 400 free relay, with the Hoosiers holding a slim 114.5-111.5 lead. The Boilermakers took first and third in the relay to seal the victory. Head Coach Kris Kirchner commented, "We had a lot of good things happen, but we just didn't have it as a team. This was a great meet with the crowd and the close races. This is what you expect from a Purdue-IU meet."

    Winners for the Hoosiers included Ben Hunter in the 1000 free, Tom Wanezek in the 50 free, Ken Ackermann in the 200 back, and Mike Collier won the one and three-meter diving events. The Hoosiers showed signs of tuning up for the Big Ten Championships with 15 different swimmers and both relay teams achieving best times for the season. On the diving boards, Collier, Tom Davidson, and Jon Repetti scored personal bests.

    The meet started the same way it ended with Purdue taking first and third in the 400 medley relay and 400 free relay. Indiana's times of 3:21.84 in the 400 medley relay and 3:05.67 in the 400 free relay were the fastest this season. The meet went back and forth with neither team leading by more than 10 points. Going in to the last two events, three-meter diving and 400 free relay, Purdue held a 108.5-98.5 lead. That was the largest lead of the meet for either team.

    The four winners for the Hoosiers posted individual and team best times. Hunter won the 1000 free in a time of 9:20.55. In the 50 free, Wanezek placed first in :21.03, and Ackermann's time of 1:49.19 in the 200 back was also a personal and team best. Collier swept the diving competitions by posting personal and team highs on the one-meter at 342.00 and 352.12 on the three-meter.

    The Hoosiers have two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships. The championship meet will be at the University of Minnesota Natatorium, February 26-28. Indiana will be in action at Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center March 7 for the Indiana/Kentucky Invitational.


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