Hoosiers Shine in Day Two Prelims
February 27, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind. -- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team continued to shine on day two of the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers will send at least one swimmer to the finals in each event when they swim again this evening.
Freshman Colin Russell stole the show for the Hoosiers, notching the fastest time in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:35.88. The time was an NCAA automatic qualifying time and a pool record at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Junior Dave Winck advanced to the consolation finals when he placed fourteenth in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.64. Freshman Lee Houchin took 21st place with a time of 1:41.26 followed by freshman Paul Sigfusson who placed 22nd with a time of 1:41.35. Senior Adam Goff rounded out the Hoosiers in the event with a 39th place finish and a time of 1:43.13.
Junior Murph Halasz swam a career best time of 48.23 in the 100-yard butterfly, good for seventh place. The time was an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Halasz is only twenty five-hundredths of a second behind the school record of Hoosier great Mark Spitz.
Joining Halasz in the 100-yard butterfly was freshman Matt Maley who took twelfth place with a time of 49.02, freshman Scott Tanner who took thirteenth with a time of 49.20 and freshman Kyle Ruth who placed fifteenth with a time of 49.29. Freshman Jesse Cleaver placed 34th with a time of 50.73.
Junior Richard Bryant advanced to the finals of the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:52.63, good for sixth place. Freshman Matt Jensen advanced to the consolation finals of the 400 IM with a ninth place finish and a time of 3:54.03. Junior Niles Madison finished 26th with a time of 4:03.87.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Kevin Swander advanced to the finals when he took fifth place with a time of 54.68. Sophomore Hank Baldwin took 26th place overall with a time of 57.31 while freshman Dan Shrider placed 36th with a time of 58.68.
In the final swimming event of the day, senior Matt Leach advanced to the finals in the 100-yard backstroke with a sixth place finish and a time of 48.41. Sophomore Mike Jones advanced to the consolation finals with a ninth place finish and time of 49.58.
A trio of freshman rounded out the 100-yard backstroke for the Hoosiers. Scott Tanner placed 25th with a time of 51.37, Mike Anderson placed 26th with a time of 51.49 and Benjamin Fay placed 32nd with a time of 52.53.
In team scoring, the Indiana Hoosiers are currently in fourth place with 132.5 points. Minnesota is I first place with 210.5 points followed by Michigan with 187. Northwestern is in third place with 150 points.
The finals of the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST. The three-meter diving competition will also conclude tonight. All events will be help at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.
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