Feb. 23, 2010
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NO. 25 INDIANA AT BIG TEN MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 24-27, 2010
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
2009 Finish: 5th (449.5 points)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
DAY 1 FINALS
1. 200 Medley Relay - Heat 1
200 Medley Relay - Heat 2
2. 800 Freestyle Relay - Heat 1
800 Freestyle Relay - Heat 2
DAY 2 TRIALS
3. 500 Freestyle
4. 200 Individual Medley
5. 50 Freestyle
Approx: 1:30 p.m.:
6. One-Meter Diving - Trials
One-Meter Diving - Consolation Finals
DAY 2 FINALS
7. 500 Freestyle - C Finals
500 Freestyle - Consolation Finals
500 Freestyle - Finals
8. 200 Individual Medley - C Finals
200 Individual Medley - Consolation Finals
200 Individual Medley - Finals
9. 50 Freestyle - C Finals
50 Freestyle - Consolation Finals
50 Freestyle - Finals
10. One-Meter Diving - Finals
11. 400 Medley Relay - Heat 1
400 Medley Relay - Heat 2
DAY 3 TRIALS
12. 400 Individual Medley
13. 100 Butterfly
14. 200 Freestyle
15. 100 Breaststroke
16. 100 Backstroke
Approx: 1:30 p.m.:
17. Three-Meter Diving - Trials
Three-Meter Diving - Consolation Finals
DAY 3 FINALS
18. 200 Freestyle Relay - Heat 1
200 Freestyle Relay - Heat 2
(10 minute intermission)
19. 400 Individual Medley - C Finals
400 Individual Medley - Consolations Finals
400 Individual Medley - Finals
20. 100 Butterfly - C Finals
100 Butterfly - Consolations Finals
100 Butterfly - Finals
21. 200 Freestyle - C Finals
200 Freestyle - Consolation Finals
200 Freestyle - Finals
22. 100 Breaststroke - C Finals
100 Breaststroke - Consolation Finals
100 Breaststroke - Finals
23. 100 Backstroke - C Finals
100 Backstroke - Consolation Finals
100 Backstroke - Finals
24. Three-Meter Diving - Finals
DAY 4 TRIALS
25. 200 Backstroke
26. 100 Freestyle
27. 200 Breaststroke
28. 200 Butterfly
Approx: 1:30 p.m.:
29. Platform Diving - Trials
Platform Diving - Consolation Finals
30. 1,650 Freestyle
(approx. 4:15; all but last heat)
DAY 4 FINALS
31. 1,650 Freestyle
(Last heat of timed finals)
32. 200 Backstroke - C Final
200 Backstroke - Consolation Finals
200 Backstroke - Finals
33. 100 Freestyle - C Final
100 Freestyle - Consolation Finals
100 Freestyle - Finals
34. 200 Breaststroke - C Final
200 Breaststroke - Consolation Finals
200 Breaststroke - Finals
35. 200 Butterfly - C Final
200 Butterfly - Consolation Finals
200 Butterfly - Finals
36. Platform Diving - Final
37. 400 Freestyle Relay - Heat 1
400 Freestyle Relay - Heat 2
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana heads to the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 24-27 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Last year Indiana finished fifth at the Big Ten meet with 449.5 points.
DID YOU KNOW?
Out of the 27 swimmers and divers Indiana is bringing to the Big Ten Championships, 16 are making their first-ever appearance at the conference meet.
Junior Titus Knight (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Aaron Opell (400 Individual Medley) enter the meet with NCAA provisional qualifying times.
Junior Doug Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke for IU after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Senior Aaron Opell took second in the 200 breaststroke at the 2009 Big Ten Championships
NEWS AND NOTES
Competing at the Ohio State Winter Invitational, Bader Al-Muhana posted the fastest time by a Hoosier this year in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 49.37. That was good for third place.
Jon Hueni and Al-Muhana also posted lifetime bests in the 200 fly, with Hueni going 1:51.01, and Al-Muhana 1:52.09.
Junior Titus Knight won all three of his individual races and paced the Hoosier 400 freestyle relay team to victory but it was not enough as the Boilermakers came away with a 176-124 dual meet win over Indiana on Feb. 6.
Knight swam a season best 44.71 to win the 100 free, won the 200 free in 1:38.05, and took the 500 free in 4:29.36.
Knight also swam on the winning 400 free relay which posted a season best of 3:02.12.
Doug Spraul posted his fourth win of the season in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.89. Spraul made it an event sweep in the backstroke, taking the 200 back in 1:47.33, a season best
In the all-out sprint to the wall, Bryan Chovanec raced to his then-fastest time of the season with a winning mark of 20.70. He would later go 20.55 in a time trial.
Hoosier swimmers suffered a 179-121 loss at Louisville on Jan. 29.
Spraul won the 200 back with a time of 1:47.75.
Illya Larin was a winner in the 1,000 freestyle with a season best of 9:20.34.
Chovanec took second in the 50 free with a time of 20.72.
Diver David Piercy was a double winner for the Hoosiers, taking both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles.
Piercy has won three 1-meter titles this dual meet season, as well as a pair of 3-meter titles.
Knight was victorious in the 200 free and 500 free.
Knight has the nine fastest times in the 200 free and seven of the nine fastest times in the 500 free this season.
Knight also has six of the nine fastest times in the 100 free.
Indiana posted seven second-place finishes at Ohio State on Jan. 16.
Knight was second in the 200 free, with Spraul second in the 200 backstroke.
Ante Zoricic was second in the 50 free, with Tim Blue second in the 100 fly.
Casey Johnson finished second on the 3-meter springboard, and Kevin Happ second in the 200 IM. The 400 free relay team also took a second-place finish.
Piercy led a sweep of the diving events for the IU men at Michigan with wins in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events.
Johnson completed the sweep with a victory on the platform (341.78).
Zoricic was the only individual winner for IU at Michigan, taking the 100-yard freestyle (46.05).
At Kentucky, Larin earned his first collegiate win in the 1,000 free, while Spraul swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.
Tyler Lemert earned the sweep in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
Piercy won the men's 1-meter springboard event, while Brenden Butler won the 400-yard individual medley.
At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, Knight swam his fastest time of the season in the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.65 in the prelims. He went on to finish 13th in the event.
Knight also improved his time in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:26.69 (NCAA B) and finishing 15th. Tyler Shedron posted his fastest time of the year at the meet (4:29.11).
Shedron also took 13th in the 200 butterfly and came home with IU's fastest time of the year (1:48.81).
Aaron Opell was 23rd in the 200 IM and clocked his best time of the season at 1:49.78.
Opell also took 15th in the 400 IM, posting a B cut of 3:55.64.
Ante Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Opell finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:03.12.
The quartet also took ninth in the 800 free relay (6:45.67), 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:33.18) and ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:19.65).
The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.
Spraul owns the five fastest IU times this year in the 200 back and five of the six fastest times in the 100 back.
Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting a 4:29.57.
Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-six Hoosier times in the event this year.
Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45).
Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay.
In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
KNIGHT NAMED BIG TEN SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Indiana University junior Titus Knight was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced on Feb. 9.
Knight touched the wall first in every event he swam last weekend in a dual meet with Purdue. Knight began the meet by registering an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a win in the 200 free (1:38.05) followed by a victory in the 100 free (44.71). He then posted his third individual top finish in the 500 free with his time of 4:29.36 - the fourth fastest effort of the season by an IU swimmer.
He ended the day by taking the Hoosiers to an insurmountable lead on the second leg of the 400 free relay, swimming a blistering 43.89, as IU posted a season best time of 3:02.12. This is the third weekly award for Titus this season.