Men's Swimming

    Koehler in Action at Ohio State Last Ditch

    Go Hoosiers! Koehler will be the lone Hoosier representative at the Ohio State Last Ditch this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Koehler will be the lone Hoosier representative at the Ohio State Last Ditch this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 23, 2007

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    Dates: Feb. 24
    Meet: Ohio State Last Ditch
    Location: Columbus, Ohio
    Facility: McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

    Indiana will send junior John Kevin Koehler to the Ohio State Last Ditch in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 24. The meet is slated to start at noon.

    Koehler has posted NCAA provisional marks in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle on the season. Koehler's time of 4:22.24 in the 500 free is just under four seconds off the NCAA "A" cut, while his 15:14.62 mark in the 1,650 free is about 10 seconds off an automatic time. Both of Koehler's season-best times in the events came at the Big Ten Championships, held last weekend at Ohio State.

    The Hoosiers finished fourth at the 2007 Big Ten Championships, accumulating 494 points over the course of the three-day meet to finish just one point out of third place behind Ohio State.

    Junior Ben Hesen had a phenomenal meet for Indiana, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 45.52, good for new school and Big Ten records. Hesen had already set the league record in the event on the opening night of the meet, swimming a 45.62 split on the opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay.

    Hesen also broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:42.94 to finish third in the event. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native also briefly held the school record in the 100-yard butterfly, turning in a time of 47.32 in the preliminaries of the event before sophomore Nick Walkotten reclaimed his school standard with a time of 47.21 in the finals to finish second.

    Hesen also swam on a pair of second-place relays, helping both medley relays to runner-up finishes.

    Walkotten had an incredible meet of his own, setting a pair of school butterfly records. In addition to his mark in the 100 fly, Walkotten also reset his own standard in the 200-yard butterfly, taking second place in 1:43.85.

    Junior transfer Pat Penoyar turned in a solid showing at his first Big Ten meet, finishing second in both breaststroke events and in both medley relays.

    In the dive well, Indiana posted a pair of runner-up finishes. Junior Taylor Roberts was exactly one point from defending his three-meter title, while classmate David Leger finished second on the platform.

    In all, IU swimmers and divers set 46 new career records at the Big Ten Championships.

    Hesen was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, while Legler, Matt Lenton, Todd Patrick, Penoyar, Roberts and Walkotten were named Second Team.

    Juniors Ben Hesen and Pat Penoyar and sophomore Nick Walkotten have each automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., from March 15-17. Hesen has posted NCAA "A" cuts in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke, while Penoyar has done so in the 200-yard breaststroke and Walkotten has done so in the 200-yard butterfly. In addition, Hesen, Penoyar, junior Todd Patrick and freshman Matt Lenton have posted an "A" cut in the 200-yard medley relay, while Hesen, Penoyar, Walkotten and Patrick have automatically qualified in the 400-yard medley relay. In all, 13 IU swimmers have posted either "A" or "B" cuts this season. Senior Ryan McNeill, juniors Alex Brunfeldt, John Kevin Koehler and Ronald Hehn, sophomores Steffan Troxel, A.J. Miller and Steven Murry and freshman Aaron Opell have all turned in provisional marks in at least one event this season and await their NCAA fates.

    All four IU divers - Will Bohonyi, David Legler, David Piercy and Taylor Roberts - have surpassed Zone diving standards this year and will compete at the Zone C Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 2-4. Seven male divers from Zone C will advance to NCAAs.

    Indiana took aim at its record book at the Big Ten Championships from Feb. 16-18, setting seven new school standards. Junior Ben Hesen twice set new records in the 100-yard backstroke, first setting the new school and conference mark with his leadoff leg of the 400-yard medley relay. He followed that up the next day by lowering the record in the 100 back. Hesen also set new school records in the finals of the 200-yard backstroke and prelims of the 100-yard butterfly, but sophomore Nick Walkotten erased Hesen's time in the 100 fly with a faster swim in the finals of the event. Walkotten also established a new benchmark for the 200-yard butterfly, while sophomore Steven Murry eclipsed the 400-yard individual medley record. Murry's new mark erased the oldest school record still on the books, supplanted Brian Barnes' time of 3:49.35, set in 1995.

    Indiana Records set at Big Tens
    100 back: Ben Hesen (45.62)
    100 back: Ben Hesen (45.52)
    100 fly: Ben Hesen (47.32)
    100 fly: Nick Walkotten (47.21)
    200 back: Ben Hesen (1:42.94)
    200 fly: Nick Walkotten (1:43.85)
    400 IM: Steven Murry (3:48.43)

    Junior Todd Patrick was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 9 after winning four events in leading IU to a win over No. 14 Ohio State on Jan. 6. For their efforts against Northwestern and Arizona State on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, respectively, juniors Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts both earned weekly recognition. Hesen was named's National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1, while Roberts was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 31.

    Taylor Roberts earned his second Big Ten Diver of the Week nod on Nov. 21 after winning both springboards at the IU Open Invitational. Roberts turned in a score of 331.55 to take the championship final of the one-meter, and won the three-meter championship round with a score of 350.25. Roberts picked up his third Big Ten Diver of the Week award of the season on Jan. 16. After missing the Ohio State meet due to injury, Roberts returned after a week off and did not miss a beat, sweeping both springboards in the Hoosiers' tie with No. 12 Michigan. Roberts was sharp in the meet, missing his personal best in the one-meter by just 3.01 points with a score of 359.32. His score of 377.40 in the three-meter ranked as the ninth-best in IU's storied history. He capped the season by earning the distinction again on Jan. 30 after winning the three-meter at Purdue.

    TO BE THE BEST ...
    The Hoosiers have hardly shied away from tough competition this season. Eight of IU's nine dual opponents this year were ranked inside the top 20 of the CSCAA Poll, while all four losses have come against top-20 teams. IU opened the season with a win over No. 18 Kentucky on Oct. 21, then fell to No. 8 Northwestern on Oct. 27. The Hoosiers rebounded with a win over No. 19 Arizona State the following day, then dropped a double dual against No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Cal on Nov. 3-4. Indiana picked up a win over No. 14 Ohio State on Jan. 6, then followed that with a tie at No. 12 Michigan on Jan. 13. The Hoosiers closed the regular season with a narrow loss at No. 18 Purdue on Jan. 27.

    Freshman Matt Lenton claimed the 50-meter short course national title at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in August. The Perth native turned in a time of 22.14 for his first national championship.

    Indiana will return to action at the Zone C Diving Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., from March 2-4.




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