Hoosiers Travel to Big Ten Championships
February 24, 2004
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team will compete in the Big Ten Championship at West Lafayette, Ind. The Championships will be Feb. 26-28 with prelims at 12:00 p.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m.
The meet will be on the campus of Purdue University at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The last time the Hoosiers competed in the venue, they defeated the 17th-ranked Boilermakers last season.
At last season's Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers finished third for the first time since 1997 and the most points since 1991. The Hoosiers were led by its diving, which scored a combined 185 points.
The meet will have results live on both the Big Ten website and Purdue's Championship website (http://purduesports.ocsn.com/sports/m-swim/spec-rel/2004-bigten.html)
Also during the Big Ten Championships, the Big Ten Universities and coaches will honor and remember former Indiana head swimming coach James `Doc' Counsilman. Counsilman passed away earlier this year.
Thursday, Feb. 26
Friday, Feb. 27
Saturday, Feb. 28
All Relays are finals only. Prelims are at 12:00 p.m., while finals are at 7:00 p.m.
Recapping Last Season's Big Ten Championships
The Hoosiers improved from a seventh-place finish at the 2003 Big Ten Championships to place third in 2003. The third-place finish was Indiana's highest since 1997, while the 455 points was the best since 492.5 in 1991.
Senior Dave Schulze capped his career as one of the best breaststrokers in Indiana history. Schulze finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships. He leaves Indiana as the school record holder in the 100-yard breaststroke and the second-fastest time in school history.
Junior Claes Andersson also had a good Big Ten Meet for the Hoosiers. The Boras, Sweden, native, was the Hoosiers' highest- placing individual as he placed third in the 50-yard freestyle. He entered the finals of the event after finishing second with a time of 19.99 in the prelims, which was an NCAA B cut time. Andersson also got an NCAA `B' cut time in the 100-yard freestyle, where he won the consolation finals and placed ninth overall with a time of 44.84. Junior Mike Payne joined his sprinter teammate in scoring points for the Hoosiers in the 50-yard freestyle. The Bedford North Lawrence product won the consolation finals and placed ninth overall.
Sophomore Murph Halasz was the only Hoosier to score points at Big Tens in three individual events. Halasz advanced to the finals of both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events, including topping his own school record in the 200 butterfly. The Richmond, Va., native went 1:45.90, placing fourth in the 200-yard butterfly. The time eclipsed his own school record set during the 2001-02 season. Halasz also placed seventh in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly. On the first day of the championships, he advanced to the consolation finals and finished 11th overall. All three of Halasz's times were season bests as well as NCAA `B' cut times.
Junior Matt Leach was a force for the Hoosiers in the backstroke events as he advanced to the finals of both the 100-yard and 200-yard events. The Beaverton, Ore., native was an eye-lash away from setting a school record in the 100-yard backstroke as he went 48.18 to finish fifth. The Indiana school record sits at 48.17 by Ken Ackermann. Leach also took sixth in the 200-yard backstroke with a career-best and NCAA `B' cut time of 1:46.79. Freshman Mike Jones joined Leach by scoring in the 200-yard backstroke. Jones advanced to the consolation finals and placed 12th overall with a season-best time of 1:48.76.
Sophomore Richard Bryant posted a career-best and an NCAA B cut time of 3:52.40 in finishing sixth in the 400-yard Individual Medley. The time is the third-fastest time in school history. The Somerset, England, native, also placed 13th in the 1650-yard freestyle.
Three of the five Hoosier relays finished in the top five at the Big Ten Championships and earned NCAA `B' cut times. The 200-yard medley relay led the way placing third with a time of 1:28.82. The relay was comprised of Leach, Schulze, Halasz and Andersson. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Andersson, Payne, sophomore Nicolas Burgess and junior Dale Ramsy went 1:20.02 in finishing fourth. The final relay to place in the top five was the 400-medley relay of Leach, Schulze, Halasz and Andersson. The relay placed fifth with an NCAA B cut time of 3:15.42.
Last Time Out
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team knocked off intrastate rival Purdue, 134-107 on Senior Day.
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.
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.
"Doc" Lewis Award
Dr. Jeff Huber presented the first annual Doc Lewis Memorial Award to Clarence Doninger at the Purdue meet. Mr. Doninger is the former Director of Athletics here 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.Doc was a microbiologist for the EPA and in his spare time worked tirelessly for the diving program. When he retired, he moved to Bloomington and devoted countless hours of service. This award will be presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the IU diving program.
Making the Cut
A pair of Hoosiers have earned NCAA `B' cut times this season as well as a pair of relays. Junior Murph Halasz and sophomore Kevin Swander have each picked up NCAA `B' cut times. A pair of Hoosier relays, the 200 and 400-yard medley relays, also registered times.
Swander accomplished the feat with a time of 55.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke and a 2:00.15 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Halasz went 1:47.84 to earn an NCAA provisional time in the 200-yard butterfly.
The 200 medley relay of senior Matt Leach, sophomore Kevin Swander, junior Murph Halasz and senior Claes Andersson went a cut time of 1:30.00 against Minnesota and Iowa. The 400 team of Leach, Swander, Halasz and freshman Colin Russell went 3:17.82 against Purdue in the final meet of the season to earn a cut time.
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