Hoosiers In Fourth Place After Day One
February 26, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind. -After the first day of competition at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place with 132.5 points.
In perhaps the most exciting event of the night for the Hoosiers, the team of Matt Leach, Kevin Swander, Murph Halasz and Colin Russell shattered the school record in the 400-yard medley with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:12.17, good for third place overall. The old record of 3:14.86 was set in 2001.
I was very proud of the way we swam today," said head swimming coach Ray Looze. "I was pleased with the team spirit. The guys are swimming with a lot of heart. We are in a nice position in the team race. We are going to keep the pressure on the teams in front of us and not look behind. Our goal is to stay humble but to swim with confidence."
The Hoosiers started off the night with a strong second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:19.36. The team of Mike Payne, Claes Andersson, Kyle Ruth and Russell missed breaking the school record by just six tenths of a second.
The second race of the evening, the 500-yard freestyle, saw Russell take fifth place with a time of 4:23.98. The time was an NCAA provisional cut time and the ninth fastest in school history.
Swander led the Hoosiers in the 200-yard individual medley with a third place finish in the consolation finals with a time of 1:48.53. The time was the second fastest in school history and good for tenth place overall in the meet.
Junior Dave Winck captured thirteenth place with a time of 1:49.51 while Halasz took fifteenth with a time of 1:50.06. Mike Jones rounded out the 200-IM for Indiana with a sixteenth place finish with a time of 1:50.53.
In one of the most anticipated events of the evening, Andersson captured third place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.98, his fastest time this year. The Boras, Swedan native tied for third with Minnesota's Terr Silkaitis.
Payne captured third place in the consolation finals of the 50 free with a time of 20:48, good for eleventh place overall in the event.
In the one-meter diving competition, junior Ryan Fagan placed eighth with 279.45 points.
"I was very happy for Ryan Fagan because it was his first time making the finals in the Big Tens," said Looze. "Between the swimming and the diving, it was a combined effort on all fronts today."
The University of Minnesota stands in first place after day one with 207.5 points followed by Michigan with 187 and Northwestern with 150.
The Hoosiers will look to improve their fourth place standings tomorrow, day two of the Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University. On slate for tomorrow is the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, the three-meter diving competition and the 800-freestyle relay. Preliminaries start at 12:00 p.m. EST while the finals begin at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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