Men's Swimming Sends Two to NCAA Championships
March 23, 2010
INDIANA AT NCAA MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 25-27, 2010
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana sends two swimmers to the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, held Feb. 24-27 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Indiana placed 25th at the 2009 NCAA Championships with 25 points.
Senior Aaron Opell enters the meet as the top seed in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:54.00.
INDIANA AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Opell also placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke (54.15) and 15th in the 200 individual medley (1:48.75).
The Hoosiers finished fifth at the meet, giving them a top-five finish in each of head coach Ray Looze's eight seasons at Indiana.
Doug Spraul competed in his first championship final, taking fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:43.24. He also placed 11th in the 100 back (48.89) and 23rd in the 100 fly (49.16).
Bryan Chovanec had a silver-medal performance in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 19.86. He also placed 49th in the 100 free with a time of 46.01, and anchored the 200 medley relay to a sixth-place finish (1:28.71).
David Piercy took ninth in the 1-meter (340.30) and 3-meter (373.65) springboard competitions.
Competing at his first Big Ten meet, freshman Zac Nees made the championship final of the platform diving competition where he finished seventh with a score of 367.70. Brenden Butler was 11th in the 400 individual medley (3:50.74) and the 1,650 freestyle (15:21.17).
NEWS AND NOTES
Competing at the Ohio State Winter Invitational, Bader Al-Muhana posted the third-fastest time by a Hoosier this year in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 49.37. That was good for third place.
Jon Hueni and Al-Muhana also posted lifetime bests in the 200 fly, with Hueni going 1:51.01, and Al-Muhana 1:52.09.
Junior Titus Knight won all three of his individual races and paced the Hoosier 400 freestyle relay team to victory but it was not enough as the Boilermakers came away with a 176-124 dual meet win over Indiana on Feb. 6.
Knight swam a season best 44.71 to win the 100 free, won the 200 free in 1:38.05, and took the 500 free in 4:29.36.
Knight also swam on the winning 400 free relay which posted a regular-season best of 3:02.12.
Doug Spraul posted his fourth win of the season in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.89. Spraul made it an event sweep in the backstroke, taking the 200 back in 1:47.33.
In the all-out sprint to the wall, Bryan Chovanec raced to his then-fastest time of the season with a winning mark of 20.70. He would later go 20.55 in a time trial.
Hoosier swimmers suffered a 179-121 loss at Louisville on Jan. 29.
Spraul won the 200 back with a time of 1:47.75.
Illya Larin was a winner in the 1,000 freestyle with a season best of 9:20.34.
Chovanec took second in the 50 free with a time of 20.72.
Diver David Piercy was a double winner for the Hoosiers, taking both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles.
Piercy has won three 1-meter titles this dual meet season, as well as a pair of 3-meter titles.
Knight was victorious in the 200 free and 500 free.
Knight has the seven fastest times in the 200 free.
Knight also has five of the 10 fastest times in the 100 free.
Indiana posted seven second-place finishes at Ohio State on Jan. 16.
Knight was second in the 200 free, with Spraul second in the 200 backstroke.
Piercy led a sweep of the diving events for the IU men at Michigan with wins in the 1-meter (306.00) and 3-meter (337.34) springboard events.
Johnson completed the sweep with a victory on the platform (341.78).
Zoricic was the only individual winner for IU at Michigan, taking the 100-yard freestyle (46.05).
At Kentucky, Larin earned his first collegiate win in the 1,000 free, while Spraul swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events.
Tyler Lemert earned the sweep in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
Piercy won the men's 1-meter springboard event, while Brenden Butler won the 400-yard individual medley.
At the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals in December, Knight swam the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.65 in the prelims. He went on to finish 13th in the event.
Knight also improved his time in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:26.69 (NCAA B) and finishing 15th. Tyler Shedron posted a time of 4:29.11.
Shedron also took 13th in the 200 butterfly and came home with a time of 1:48.81. Aaron Opell was 23rd in the 200 IM at 1:49.78.
Opell also took 15th in the 400 IM, posting a B cut of 3:55.64.
Ante Zoricic, Knight, Shedron and Opell finished 10th in the 400 free relay with a season best time of 3:03.12.
The quartet also took ninth in the 800 free relay (6:45.67), 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:33.18) and ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:19.65).
The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Spraul owns the five fastest IU times this year in the 200 back and five of the six fastest times in the 100 back.
Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting a 4:29.57.
Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-six Hoosier times in the event this year.
Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45).
Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay.
In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
HOOSIERS IN DUAL MEET POLL
In the final poll of the season, the Indiana men dropped out of the top 25 of the CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Division I poll.
The Hoosiers received 36 votes, finishing one spot out of the top 25. In the third poll of the season released on Dec. 16, Indiana was No. 25
The Hoosiers were No. 18 in the first poll and No. 20 in the second set of rankings.
A total of four Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 7 Michigan. Ohio State is No. 9, followed by Minnesota at No. 11, No. 17 Purdue. Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State and Northwestern are also receiving votes.
Arizona is the top-ranked team, followed by Texas and Stanford.
OPELL NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM
Aaron Opell earned a spot on the U.S. National Team in the breaststroke after taking fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2009 World Championship Trials and second in the event at the U.S. Open with a new school record of 2:10.38.
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