Hoosiers Send Two to Finals on Day One
February 26, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind.-- After the conclusion of the preliminary swim at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, the Indiana men's swim team will send two swimmers to the finals in two different events when they take place tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Freshman Colin Russell led the way for the Hoosiers as he advanced to the finals with a third place finish in the 500-yard relay and a time of 4:20.68. His time was a NCAA provisional cut time.
Senior Claes Andersson advanced to the finals of the 50-yard freestyle when he tied for sixth place with a time of 20.23. The time was an NCAA "B" cut time. Anderrson shares sixth place with Ales Volcansek of Minnesota.
Making the consolation finals of the 50-yard free is senior Mike Payne who placed tenth with a time of 20.35. Freshmen Matt Maley and Kyle Ruth captured 21st and 26th place with times of 20.67 and 20.74 respectively. Rounding out the IU swimmers in the 50-free are Adam Goff, placing 43rd with a time of 21.12, Lee Houchin, placing 45th with a time of 21.16 and Mike Anderson, placing 51st with a time of 21.26.
Joining Russell in the 500-yard freestyle is freshman Paul Sigfusson and junior Richard Bryant as both swimmers advanced to the consolation finals. Sigfusson finished 13th with a time of 4:28.88 and Bryant finished 14th with a time of 4:29.10.
Rounding out the 500 free was freshman Ryan McNeill with a 31st place finish and a time of 4:34.24 and freshman Jesse Cleaver with a 34th place finish with a time of 4:35.11.
The third race of the preliminary round was the 200-yard individual medley that saw the Hoosiers advance four swimmers to the consolation finals. Sophomore Kevin Swander placed tenth with a time of 1:48.93 while junior Dave Winck captured eleventh place with a time of 1:48.93. Junior Murph Halasz and sophomore Mike Jones took twelfth and sixteenth place with times of 1:49.11 and 1:49.87 respectively.
Rounding out the Hoosiers in the 200 IM was senior Matt Leach with a time of 1:49.98, good for seventeenth place, sophomore Matt Jensen with a time of 1:52.06, good for 31st place, sophomore Hank Baldwin with a time of 1:55.68, good for 48th place and freshman Ben Fay with a time of 1:56.39, good for 51st place.
In the one-meter diving competition, junior Ryan Fagan is in second place with 315.40 points.
The finals of the 50-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley will be held tonight, starting at 7:00 p.m. EST. The finals of the one-meter diving competition, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay will take place.
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