Hoosiers Continue Strong Showing
February 28, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind.- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team continued its strong performance during the prelims of day three at the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers qualified two individuals for either the consolation or championship finals of every swimming event.
Junior Murph Halasz and sophomore Kevin Swander both continued their strong performances to lead the Hoosier charge. For the second day in a row, Halasz set a Hoosier school record. This time he eclipsed his own 200-yard butterfly record to qualify first in the prelims. His time of 1:45.42 was a Boilermaker Aquatic Center pool record as well as an NCAA provisional cut time.
Swander on the other hand continued his strong performances in the breaststroke events. After capturing the Hoosiers' first Big Ten individual championship since 1996 in the 100-yard breaststroke last night, the Greenwood, Ind., native qualified second during the prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke. Swander's time of 1:58.27 was an NCAA provisional cut time and the third fastest in school history.
Sophomore Hank Baldwin and freshman Matt Jensen each qualified for the consolation finals in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly events, respectively. Baldwin finished 16th in prelims with a career-best time of 2:03.29. Jensen was 14th in the preliminary round of the 200-yard butterfly with a career-best time of 1:49.64. The time was also the 10th fastest in school history. Freshman Scott Tanner narrowly missed making the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly as he finished 17th. His time of 1:49.90 was just two hundredths back of the 16th-place finisher.
Senior Matt Leach qualified for the finals of an event for the second consecutive day at the Big Ten Championships. Leach finished tied for seventh in the 200-yard backstroke event in an NCAA provisional cut time of 1:46.86. The time was just seven hundredths short of his career-best time, which is the fourth fastest in school history. Sophomore Mike Jones will swim in the consolation finals of the 200 backstroke. Jones finished 10th overall with a career-best time of 1:47.32. The time was also the fifth fastest in school history.
Senior Claes Andersson and freshman Colin Russell both qualified for the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Andersson swam a career-best time of 44.63 and narrowly missed the championship finals placing ninth. The eighth-place competitor was just one hundredth of a second faster than Andersson's time. The time was an NCAA provisional cut time and the eighth fastest in school history. Russell went a season-best time of 44.81 to place 11th overall in the prelims. The time was also an NCAA provisional cut time.
The third and final session of the 2004 Big Ten Championships will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. The fastest heat of the 1650-yard freestyle will be the first competition of the night. The consolation and championship finals of the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the platform diving competition will follow the 1650. The final event of the Championships will be the 400-yard freestyle relay.
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