Men's Swimming

    Hoosiers Host Big Tens and Hope to Dethrone Defending Champion Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    February 27, 2002

    Men's Swimming & Diving Notes

    Where: Athens, Georgia
    When: March 28-30, 11 a.m./7 p.m.

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    The NCAA Championship
    The Hoosiers head to the 79th annual NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship this weekend from Thursday, March 28-Saturday, March 30. Indiana and the NCAA Championship have been synonymous since the beginning. With the Hoosiers winning six straight NCAA team titles from 1968-1973, Indiana's presence at the championship is always welcome. For the 19th straight season, IU has sent at least one swimmer or diver to the championship. This season junior David Schulze headlines an Indiana contingent that includes two other swimmers and a diver. Sophomore swimmers Dale Ramsy and Claes Andersson as well as sophomore diver Marc Carlton are also going to be in competition at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. Schulze leads the Hoosiers after he set a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished fourth with a time of 54.66. He also placed 10th in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke at the Big Ten Championship. Ramsy and Andersson are the Hoosiers' top sprinters and proved it at the Big Ten Championship. Andersson posted the second-fastest 50-yard freestyle time in school history after his 19.93 second performance earned him third at the championship. He was just two one-hundredths from the school record. He also posted the team's fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle after he finished 15th with a time of 44.82. Ramsy posted a career best time in the 50 free after he touched the wall in 20.05, which was good enough for a fifth-place finish in the event. Carlton set personal bests on all three boards in the 2001-02 season. He posted a score of 474.70 and that was enough to qualify him on the 10-meter platform. Carlton also posted a career-best 508.40 on the one-meter. The Hoosiers hope to continue the tradition of excellence that IU has also strived to maintain.

    Hoosiers Finish Seventh
    The Indiana men's swimming and diving team hosted the 2002 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championship on Feb. 28-March 2 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center and finished the event in seventh place. The Hoosiers set 48 personal bests and three school records in the meet that saw 15 pool records and six Big Ten Championship meet records fall. Junior Dave Schulze led the way for Indiana by setting the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke and being a member of both medley relays as well as the 800 free relay. The 200 medley relay set a new school record with a time of 1:28.15 while the 200 free relay also set a new mark of 1:19.29. Sophomore Claes Andersson posted the second-fastest time in Indiana history in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.93, just two one-hundredths of a second from the school record. Andersson also posted the season's fastest time in the 100 free with a time of 44.82. Freshman Murph Halasz posted season best times in the 100 and 200 butterfly events. He finished 12th in the 100 fly while he placed fifth in the 200 fly in the final day. Sophomore Dale Ramsy qualified for NCAAs by placing fifth in the 50 free with a time of 20.05. That was a personal and season best for the second year swimmer. Sophomore diver Marc Carlton qualified for NCAAs after he posted a second-place score on the 10-meter platform at the NCAA Zone C qualifying meet. He also placed second on the 10-meter exhibition event at the Big Ten Championship. Four Hoosiers head to Athens, Ga. for the 2002 NCAA Championship: Andersson, Ramsy, Carlton and Schulze. The foursome headlines a Hoosier team that had a strong season overall.

    Hoosiers Honor "Lone Senior"; Beat Purdue
    Indiana men's swimming and diving hosted Purdue to close out the season. IU defeated their in-state rival, 136.5-106.5, on the team's Parents' Weekend and Senior Day. The Hoosiers came out quick after they won the 400-yard medley relay. Freshman Richard Bryant won the 1000 free and sophomore Dale Ramsy won the 50 free. IU only lost the one-meter diving, 200 breast and the 400 free relay after a DQ. Senior Heath Montgomery was the only senior honored at Indiana's senior day. The lone senior says his strongest events are the IM events and the 200 fly. "Heath is a great swimmer," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "The guy is great to have around in all aspects and I am happy he is having a solid season."

    Hoosiers Spoil Senior Day in Lexington
    Indiana men' swimming & diving traveled to Lexington, Ky. to take on Kentucky and Cincinnati in the team's final road dual meet. IU spoiled UK's Senior Day by defeating the Wildcats, 129-113, and Bearcats, 178-58. The IU vs. UK battle came down to the 200 free relay to decide the victor. Indiana with a leg of 19.77 by sophomore Claes Andersson was victorious. Andersson also won the 50 and 100 free events. Freshman Richard Bryant led Indiana after he placed second in the 1000 free and immediately followed that with a victory in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:39.59. He later placed second in the 500 free and gave the victor a strong run for the victory. Senior Heath Montgomery placed third in the 200 free and 500 free in his final road dual meet.

    Hoosiers Split with Big Ten Champs at Iowa
    After being defeated at home by the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Indiana Hoosiers traveled to Iowa City for a double dual meet against Minnesota and Iowa. The Hoosiers dropped to the defending Big Ten Champion Gophers, but defeated the Hawkeyes in their home pool. IU was led by the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Matt Leach, junior David Schulze, freshman Murph Halasz and sophomore Claes Andersson. The tandem finished second behind Minnesota, but only one one-hundredth of a second behind. The time of 1:30.39 is the fastest of the season. Freshmen Richard Bryant and Halasz led Indiana individually. Bryant was victorious in the 1000 free and second in the 500 free while Halasz was victorious in the 200 fly and second in the 100 fly. IU lost to Minnesota, 200.5-98.5, and defeated Iowa, 169-130.

    U.S. Open: Hoosiers Finish Second Overall
    The Indiana men's swimming team finished the U.S. Open on Long Island in second place with a total of 130 points. Freshman Murph Halasz led the Indiana contingent after winning the preliminary round of the 200-meter butterfly and finishing tied for third in the final. The two swimmers ahead of the young Hoosier were two-time Olympian Tom Malchow and world record holder Michael Phelps.
    Junior David Schulze finished in fifth in the 200 breast and, along with Halasz, finished in the top six in the 200-meter individual medley as well.

    An International Flavor
    Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home. Freshman Richard Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America. Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

    Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
    Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university. Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana." Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.

    The Chase Concludes...Record is Set!
    On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 200-yard butterfly, it was broken. Hoosier freshman Murph Halasz was chasing history all season long and at the Indiana Open on March 9, Halasz was successful. He posted a time of 1:46.68 to break the 30-year old record of 1:46.89 set be Spitz in March of 1972. "I am happy for Murph," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "It is a monkey off of his back and now he can concentrate on the great career that he has ahead of him." Halasz did not qualify for the NCAAs but that has not deterred the Richmond, Va. native. He will continue to chase history next season as he looks for the 100 fly record.

    The NCAA Streak Continues
    The Hoosiers have continued their streak of NCAA qualifiers. IU qualified three swimmers and a diver for this season's NCAA Championship. This marks the 18th straight season that IU has sent at least one swimmer or diver to the NCAA Championship. All of Head Coach Kris Kirchner's seasons as a Hoosier have resulted in qualifiers for the NCAA meet.

    Make it Eight Straight for Indiana Diving
    Indiana diving is carrying on the long standing tradition of dynasties at Indiana University. In April, the squad won its seventh straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championship and in August the team set a precedent by winning its eighth straight title at the Outdoor Nationals. "I really was not expecting the eighth," said Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I am really proud that we have won eight team championships because it shows that regardless of their individual goals, the divers recognize the uniqueness of being a national team champion."

    It's Official: Huber Declared Coach of Year
    On Monday, October 29, 2001, Dr. Jeff Huber, Indiana Head Diving Coach, was officially named the U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time at the organization's annual convention. "It is a great honor," said Huber. "I am happy to be awarded the honor and it is just a testament to our program and the divers. We are not just individuals, but we are a team." In addition, Huber has been a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led Indiana diving to eight straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships.

    Carlton Earned Diver of the Week Honor
    For the second time in this young season, sophomore diver Marc Carlton was honored by the Big Ten Conference as Diver of the Week for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6. Carlton was a stunning 5-0 in competitions at the Indiana Winter Invitational. He was victorious in both the open and collegiate one-meter and three-meter competitions. Carlton also won the Three-meter Springboard Dive-Off. "It is a great honor," said Carlton. "I have been working extremely hard this season to get better and I have really taken off. It is great to see that all the hard work that I have put in has finally begun to pay off."

    Aquatic Center Gets New Look
    The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center underwent a bit of revamping over the winter break. The facility has all new banners highlighting the team's six NCAA Championships, 23 men's Big Ten championships, one women's Big Ten championship, the diving team's eight consecutive combined team U.S. Diving National titles, one men's team title and four women's team titles. "This is a great honor for us," said Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "We feel as if this banners acknowledge the accomplishments that we, the diving team, and the swimming teams have garnered over the years. It lets people know the tradition that follows the swimming and diving team wherever we go."

    Chatting with Coach K
    Regarding the NCAA Championship:
    "This is the top event this season. It is going to be a strong field and the competition is always tough. This is one of the events that we have looked forward to all season."

    Regarding the level of competition at the NCAA Championship:
    "Well, this event showcases the best athletes in the nation. The times indicate that they are the top in each event and ths competition is always strong. We have got three guys that are capable of scoring at this level and we are looking forward to the competition."

    Regarding those heading to NCAA Championship:
    "The guys are ready. Claes gave us a couple of great swims at Big Tens and we hope he can lower his times even more. Dale has had an outstanding season. He has lowered his times in all of his events and we are looking for him to contribute. David should be able to score. He has had the season of his life and has put everything he has into it. We know he has enough left to give a couple of strong swims at NCAAs."
    Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
    Regarding the NCAA Championship:
    "The NCAA Championship is one of the most competitive events of the season. We train for this and Big Tens and we have a capable athlete looking to score. The competition is stiff, but we are looking forward to the championship."

    Regarding the competition at the NCAA Championship:
    "This is the highest level of collegiate competition so the competition is going to be stiff. There are a couple of guys that are National Champions and are outstanding divers, but we know that we can compete with anyone on any day. We are looking forward to the championship."

    Regarding Marc Carlton and his status heading into NCAAs:
    "Marc has given us a great season. He has set personal bests in all of his events and has stepped up his level of diving a notch all year. He has given us a lot this season and we are just looking for more at the NCAA Championship."




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