Men's Swimming and Diving Squad Departs for Big Ten Championships
February 26, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Under first-year head swimming coach Ray Looze, Jr., and diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber, the five-time U.S. National Coach-of-the-Year, the Indiana University men's swimming and diving team has departed for Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday morning to compete at the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at the Canham Natatorium on the campus of the University of Michigan beginning Thursday and ending Saturday.
The Hoosiers, who are ranked 22nd-nationally (8-1 overall, 5-1 Big Ten in 2002-03), are looking to improve upon their seventh-place finish at the 2002 Big Ten Championships, which were held at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The seventh-place finish was Indiana's worst standing as a team since 1946. In his first year, however, Looze has already taken a large step toward returning the swimming program to national prominence, as evidenced by Indiana's 8-1 dual meet record and the tremendous individual improvement displayed by a very young squad. Under the direction of swimming coach Doc Counsilman and diving coach Hobie Billingsley, Indiana won six consecutive NCAA championships from 1968-73.
Still lacking great depth and top-notch talent on its roster, Indiana will have its work cut out for it at this week's championships as Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, all are ranked among the nation's top 10 teams, with the host Wolverines having spent several weeks ranked first in the country in the polls. Indiana could, however, make a run at the fourth or fifth spot in the final standings and if the Hoosiers should happen to finish third, which is actually conceivable--although not likely--according to pre-meet projections, Looze, Jr., will be a leading candidate for Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year recognition. Even a finish higher than last year's seventh-place performance, coupled with IU's dual meet results this season, will likely put Looze in the running for the award.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers should again be the IU divers, which are led by junior Marc Carlton and senior Adam Hazes. Carlton, who is a product of Webster, N.Y., in the Rochester area, is a member of the U.S. National Team and finished second on platform at the 2002 Big Ten Championships. He was fifth on 1-Meter and seventh on 3-Meter at the same meet. Hazes finished fourth on 3-Meter and eighth on 1-Meter at last year's meet and should also be a point scorer for the Hoosiers. Junior Alex Burns was 10th on 3-Meter at 2002 Big Tens, while redshirt freshman Ryan Fagan and true freshman Brian Mariano may also contribute.
In the pool, the following swimmers are seeded among the top eight in their respective events heading into the championships: junior Claes Andersson (sixth, 50 free, 20.49), junior Matt Leach (eighth, 100 back, 49.53), senior David Schulze (seventh, 200 breast, 2:01.83), and sophomore Murph Halasz (fourth, 200 fly, 1:47.22). Indiana is ranked among the top three teams in the 200-yard freestyle relay (second, 1:21.61) and the 200-yard medley relay (third, 1:30.42).
Following the Big Ten Championships, the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Austin, Texas, from March 27-29.
2003 Big Ten Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, Feb. 27
Finals (7 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 28
Finals (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 1
Finals (7 p.m.)
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