Feb. 27, 2008
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No. 6 Indiana at Big Ten Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.
2007 Finish: 4th
SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Hoosiers travel to the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Indiana is ranked sixth in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll released on Feb. 15.
The Hoosiers last competed on Feb. 9 with a 143-100 dual meet victory over Purdue at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Last year Indiana finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships with 494 points. They were the conference champions in 2006.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana was 2-2 in dual meets against Big Ten teams this year, defeating Northwestern and Purdue.
Both dual meet losses came against the Michigan Wolverines by nearly identical scores, 167-133 in November and 165-133 in January.
Ben Hesen is the defending Big Ten Champion in the 100-yard backstroke and is currently tied with Minnesota's David Plummer for the fastest time in the Big Ten this year at 47.75.
Hesen ranks third in the Big Ten in the 200-yard backstroke (1:44.73). In the 100-yard butterfly he ranks third (47.77).
Senior Pat Penoyar is eighth nationally and second in the Big Ten in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:57.38.
Senior Todd Patrick ranks fifth in the Big Ten in the 400-yard individual medley (3:52.27) and third in the 200-yard IM (1:47.89).
Indiana's 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay teams have both recorded NCAA B cuts, with the 400-medley relay team of Hesen, Penoyar, Patrick and Matt Lenton recording a time of 3:15.62 on Feb. 9 against Purdue.
In the diving well, freshman Landon Marzullo looks to make an impact at his first Big Ten meet. He has the top IU scores this year in the 3-meter (388.35) and platform (378.08).
Senior Taylor Roberts has the top score in the 1-meter (358.75). Last year Roberts finished second on the 3-meter, while David Legler was the runner up on the platform.
Indiana is No. 6 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Coaches Poll, released Feb. 15.
Indiana was No. 8 in the preseason poll and No. 7 in the Nov. 7 and Dec. 17 polls and No. 8 in the Jan. 18 poll.
Indiana is one of seven Big Ten teams in the top 25, joining No. 4 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 12 Purdue, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 16 Penn State and No. 18 Northwestern. Wisconsin is in the also receiving votes category.
Indiana is 1-2 against ranked teams this season, falling twice to No. 4 Michigan and defeating then-No. 7 Tennessee.
Ben Hesen currently has the 16th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 100 back (47.75) and 17th in the 200 back (1:44.73).
His time of 47.77 in the 100 butterfly is 32nd.
Todd Patrick is 26th in the 200 individual medley (1:47.93) and 28th in the 400 individual medley (3:52.27).
Pat Penoyar is 8th in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.38).
2007 BIG TEN RECAP
The Hoosiers finished fourth at the 2007 Big Ten Championships, accumulating 494 points over the course of the three-day meet to finish just one point out of third place behind Ohio State.
Ben Hesen had a phenomenal meet for Indiana, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 45.52, good for new school and Big Ten records. Hesen had already set the league record in the event on the opening night of the meet, swimming a 45.62 split on the opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay.
Hesen also broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke, turning in a time of 1:42.94 to finish third in the event. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native also briefly held the school record in the 100-yard butterfly, turning in a time of 47.32 in the preliminaries of the event, before Nick Walkotten reclaimed his school standard with a time of 47.21 in the finals to finish second.
Hesen also swam on a pair of second-place relays, helping both medley relays to runner-up finishes.
Walkotten had an incredible meet of his own, setting a pair of school butterfly records. In addition to his mark in the 100 fly, Walkotten also lowered his own standard in the 200-yard butterfly, taking second place in 1:43.85.
Pat Penoyar turned in a solid showing at his first Big Ten meet, finishing second in both breaststroke events and in both medley relays.
In the dive well, Indiana posted a pair of runner-up finishes. Taylor Roberts was exactly one point from defending his three-meter title, while classmate David Leger finished second on the platform.
In all, IU swimmers and divers set 46 new career records at the Big Ten Championships.
Hesen was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, while Legler, Matt Lenton, Todd Patrick, Penoyar, Roberts and Walkotten were named Second Team.