Men's Swimming

    Eight Hoosiers Selected to Swim at NCAA Championships

    Go Hoosiers! IU junior Ben Hesen will be the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    IU junior Ben Hesen will be the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 12, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's men's swimming and diving team will send eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis from March 15-17, the NCAA announced on March 9. Indiana junior Ben Hesen is the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke, while sophomore Nick Walkotten is the second seed in the 200-yard butterfly.

    Along with Hesen and Walkotten, juniors Alex Brunfeldt, John Kevin Koehler, Todd Patrick and Pat Penoyar, sophomore Steven Murry and freshman Matt Lenton will compete for the Hoosiers at the championship meet.

    At least one Hoosier swimmer is seeded in 15 events. Hesen and Patrick are seeded in six events each to pace the Indiana contingent. Walkotten is seeded in five, while Lenton and Penoyar are in four each. Brunfeldt and Koehler are in two apiece.

    In addition to Hesen's top billing in the 100 back, Walkotten is the 27th seed in the event.

    The Hoosiers placed three in the 100-yard butterfly, with Walkotten earning the 13th seed, Hesen the 16th and Patrick the 23rd.

    Koehler and Brunfeldt are both seeded in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. Koehler is 28th in the 500 free and 21st in the mile, while Brunfeldt is 33rd in the 500 free and 13th in the 1,650.

    Patrick (34th) and Lenton (63rd) both earned spots in the 100-yard freestyle, while Murry (33rd) and Patrick (38th) are both seeded in the 200-yard individual medley.

    Hesen is the fifth seed in the 200-yard backstroke, Murry is 14th in the 400-yard individual medley and Lenton is 34th in the 50-yard freestyle. Penoyar is seeded in both breaststroke events, earning the 10th seed in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 11th seed in the 100-yard breaststroke.

    Hesen, Penoyar, Walkotten and Patrick are the fourth seed in the 400-yard medley relay, while Hesen, Penoyar, Patrick and Lenton are seeded fourth in the 200-yard medley relay. Lenton, Patrick, Hesen and Walkotten are seeded 16th in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

    "We're looking forward to this meet," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "Ideally the men can do just as well, if not better, than the women (11th place). We have a lot of point potential going; it's a very experienced group. We're just looking forward to one of our best NCAAs in the last four or five years. We would definitely like to beat our 12th-place finish from last year. Obviously, we want to be top 10 if possible."

    Indiana's Seeds
    200-yard freestyle

    16. Matt Lenton, Todd Patrick, Ben Hesen, Nick Walkotten

    500-yard freestyle
    28. John Kevin Koehler
    33. Alex Brunfeldt

    200-yard individual medley
    33. Steven Murry
    38. Todd Patrick

    50-yard freestyle
    34. Matt Lenton

    400-yard medley relay
    4. Ben Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Nick Walkotten, Todd Patrick

    200-yard medley relay
    4. Ben Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Todd Patrick, Matt Lenton

    400-yard individual medley
    14, Steven Murry

    100-yard butterfly
    13. Nick Walkotten
    16. Ben Hesen
    23. Todd Patrick

    100-yard breaststroke
    11. Pat Penoyar

    100-yard backstroke
    1. Ben Hesen
    27. Nick Walkotten

    1,650-yard freestyle
    13. Alex Brunfeldt
    21. John Kevin Koehler

    200-yard backstroke
    5. Ben Hesen

    100-yard freestyle
    34. Todd Patrick
    63. Matt Lenton

    200-yard breaststroke
    10. Pat Penoyar

    200-yard butterfly
    2. Nick Walkotten




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