Feb. 28, 2009
Eric Ress cut three seconds off his personal best to win the third heat with a time of 1:42.31. That is the second-fastest time in school history, trailing only Ben Hesen's school mark of 1:40.85 set at last year's Big Ten Championships. It was also the fastest quaifying time and puts Ress in lane four for tonight's championship final. Both Doug Spraul and Jim Barbiere posted lifetime bests in the fourth heat with Spraul fourth in 1:45.92, and Barbeiere sixth in 1:48.16. Spraul will swim the consolation final, with Barbiere the first alternate for the bonus final.
Matt Lenton went a lifetime best 43.44 to finish second in his heat, while Titus Knight was fifth, also with a career-best time (44.27). Ante Zoricic took fifth in his heat with a time of 44.01. Lenton makes his way into the championship final, with Zoricic in the consolation final and Knight in the bonus final.
Aaron Opell obliterated his personal best with a time of 1:56.56 to win the third heat. It is the fifth-fastest time in school history. A.J. Miller also broke his personal mark to win the fourth heat with a time of 1:57.96. Both will swim in tonight's championship final with Opell the top qualifier. Tyler Lemert was fifth in the heat in 2:00.81. Heath Tameris was sixth in the final heat in 2:01.38, while Daniel Sliwinski (2:01.51) and Justin Peterfish (2:02.35) posted lifetime bests in the same heat. Lemert, Tameris and Sliwinski will swim the bonus final. Brendan Butler went a lifetime best of 2:02.25 to finish second in the first heat.
Cody Weik went a lifetime best of 1:46.51 and will swim tonight's consolation final. Tyler Shedron was fourth in his heat with a career best 1:47.65, while Tony Mattar was fifth (1:47.77). Both will join Weik in the consolation final. Matthew O'Brien finished second in his heat with a career best of 1:50.44.
Landon Marzullo finished fourth in the prelims with a score of 393.75. Will Bohonyi was eighths with 366.95 points and both will compete in tonight’s championship final.