March 24, 2009
NCAA Championships - Meet Notes
NO. 8 INDIANA at NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Student Rec Center Natatorium
College Station, Texas
2008 Finish: 10th/166 Points
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana sends three swimmers and two divers to the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas.
Hoosiers will swim/dive the following events:
Matt Lenton 50 Freestyle; 100 Freestyle
Eric Ress 500 Freestyle; 100 Backstroke; 200 Backstroke
Cody Weik 200 Butterfly
Landon Marzullo Diving
Linus Altman-Kurosaki Diving
2009 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
The Hoosiers posted their seventh-consecutive top-five finish with a fifth-place showing at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers tallied 449.5 points.
Freshman Eric Ress had a solid first Big Ten meet, taking second in the 100 back, second in the 200 back and fifth in the 500 free.
Ress posted a career-best time of 47.38 in the 100 back and broke Michael Phelps' 17-18 age-group record in the 200 back with a time of 1:41.35.
Ress' time of 4:19.37 in the 500 free was also a personal best.
Junior Aaron Opell took second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.24. That is the fourth-fastest time in school history. A.J. Miller finished sixth in 1:58.32.
Matt Lenton placed third in the 50 free with a time of 19.59 and set a school record in the 100 free with a time of 43.44. He finished sixth in the 100 free.
Cody Weik broke the school record in the 400 IM with a time of 3:46.95 in the prelims. He went on to finish fifth in the race. Brenden Butler was eighth.
Weik also had a ninth-place finish in the 200 fly.
Bart Ginocchio was fifth in the 1,650 free with a then-personal best of 15:11.76. He would break that time in a last-chance meet with a time of 15:08.71.
Tyler Lemert took sixth in the 100 breaststroke (54.10).
Landon Marzullo finished second in the one-meter springboard (412.00), fourth in the platform (412.45) and seventh in the three-meter (381.40).
In his first Big Ten meet, freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki was fifth in both the three-meter (409.65) and one-meter (373.45).
A total of 49 persona bests were set at the Big Ten meet, along with two school records.
NCAA ZONE C RECAP
Sophomore Landon Marzullo secured his second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships by finishing third on the one-meter (688.45) and third on the three-meter (818.75).
Freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki will make his first NCAA appearance after finishing fifth on the three-meter (759.40) and eighth on the one-meter (633.15).
At Indian's last-chance meet on March 7, Matt Lenton, Bryan Chovanec, Ante Zoricic and Mark Wetzel combined for a new school record in the 200 free relay.
The quartet finished in 1:18.02, breaking the old mark of 1:18.20 set in January.
LENTON ON THE MOVE
Senior Matt Lenton has stepped up his performances in the sprint freestyle in his final season with the Hoosiers.
Lenton went a school-record 19.45 on the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay on Jan. 17. Earlier in the meet he had set the school mark with a time of 19.82, breaking his old one of 19.84 set on Jan. 10.
In all, Lenton has the three fastest 50 free times in school history, including times of 19.59 and 19.67 recorded at the Big Ten Championships.
Overall Lenton has six of the 10 fastest IU times on record.
Lenton set the school mark in the 100 free at the Big Ten Championships with his prelim swim of 43.44. He also added a PR of 48.08 in the 100 fly at Big Tens.
BIG TEN POWER
Looze has directed the Hoosiers to seven top-five Big Ten finishes in as many seasons at the helm of the Indiana program.
Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005, first in 2006, fourth in 2007, second in 2008 and fifth in 2009.
DID YOU KNOW?
This season Hoosiers have posted times and scores among the Indiana all-time top 10 in the 50 free (Matt Lenton, Ante Zoricic, Bryan Chovanec), 100 free (Matt Lenton, Cameron Owen, Ante Zoricic), 200 free (Titus Knight), 500 free (Eric Ress), 1,000 free (Bart Ginocchio), 200 backstroke (Eric Ress), 100 breaststroke (Tyler Lemert), 200 breaststroke (Aaron Opell), 100 butterfly (A.J. Miller), 200 individual medley (Cody Weik, Aaron Opell), 400 individual medley (Cody Weik), 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 1-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo), three-meter springboard (Landon Marzullo, Linus Altman-Kurosaki) and Platform (Landon Marzullo).
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana finished the season with a 6-3 dual meet record, including four-straight wins to end the season. The Hoosiers' only losses came at the hands of top-five teams Michigan (twice) and Texas.
The Hoosiers closed out the regular season on Feb. 7 with a thrilling 156-144 dual meet victory at in-state rival Purdue.
Bart Ginocchio bettered his career best in the 1,000-yard freestyle, taking second in 9:06.26.
Eric Ress won the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.64.
Tyler Lemert won the 100 breaststroke with a career best and NCAA B time of 54.06. Daniel Sliwinski was third with a time of 55.26.
Matt Lenton continued his winning streak in the 50 free with a time of 19.81.
Indiana cemented the dual meet victory when Ante Zoricic, Lenton, Titus Knight and Jim Barbiere combined for a season-best and NCAA B time of 2:56.57 in the 400 free relay.
The diving portion of the meet took place on Jan. 24 in Bloomington as both teams had divers competing at the USA Diving Selection Camp. Landon Marzullo took second in the three-meter springboard with 392.25 points. Jonathan Dohring recorded a fifth-place finish.
The Hoosiers were double winners on Jan. 17 with wins over No. 10 Ohio State and No. 22 Missouri at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
It was another record-setting day for senior sprinter Matt Lenton as he broke his own school mark in the 50 free twice.
He began with a winning time of 19.82 in the 50 free race, then smashed that mark with a time of 19.45 on the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay.
Lenton also won the 100 freestyle in 44.11.
Bryan Chovanec went 19.85 to finish second in the 50 free and swam the second leg of the 200 free relay in 19.23.
Landon Marzullo dominated the diving events with wins on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
Lenton, Chovanec, Ante Zoricic and A.J. Miller teamed up to set a then-school record of 1:18.20 in the 200 free relay.
All four swimmers swam their 50-yard segment in under 20 seconds.
IU also won the 200 medley relay, while Ryan Hinshaw went a persona best to win the 1,650 free (15:18.82). Indiana also took the 200 free (Knight), 100 back (Eric Ress), 200 back (Ress), 500 free (Ress), 100 fly (Miller).
Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country in No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Tennessee on Jan. 10 and came away with a split.
Lenton led the way with a then-record-setting time of 19.84 to win the 50 freestyle.
Ante Zoricic PR'd in the 100 free, finishing third in 43.88.
Sophomore Bart Ginocchio showed the biggest improvement, taking 24 seconds off his personal best in the 1000 free with a time of 9:08.19.
That time is the ninth-fastest in school history and makes him the third-fastest IU swimmer ever in the event.
Heath Tameris was a double winner with victories in the 100 breaststroke (54.27) and 200 breaststroke (1:59.35).
Sophomore Landon Marzullo was first in the one-meter springboard competition and second on the three-meter.
EARLIER THIS YEAR...
Knight continues to show marked improvement in his sophomore season. He posted a time of 1:36.27 in the 200 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December where he finished sixth. He has the top six times in the event this season.
Knight also posted a career best and NCAA B time in the 500 free (4:21.14) at the Hoosierland Invite. His career bests in the 50 free (21.07), 1,650 free (15:47.01) and 200 IM (2:02.97) also came at the Hoosierland Invite.
Freshman Eric Ress placed first in the C final of the 500 free at the U.S. Short Course Nationals with an NCAA B time of 4:22.90. He was third in the C final of the 100 back (48.88) and finished seventh in the championship final of the 200 back (1:45.13).
Weik currently has the fastest times on the team this season in the 200 fly (1:46.51), 200 IM (1:46.87) and 400 IM (3:46.95).
In a 158-129 dual meet win over Northwestern on Oct. 24, Aaron Opell led the way with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay.
Lenton was also a multiple winner with victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay.
Marzullo took first in the 1-meter at the Hoosierland Invite with a pool record score of 402.40. He also won the platform competition with a score of 387.85.
He was second on the 3-meter with a score of 425.35 at the Ohio State Invitational in December
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America put out their final dual meet rankings on Feb. 26 and Indiana finished at No. 8
The Hoosiers were No. 14 in the preseason rankings and stayed there in the second poll on Oct. 31, the third poll on Nov. 14 and the fourth poll on Dec. 5. IU made the jump to No. 8 in the poll released on Jan. 16 and moved up to No. 7 in the Jan. 30 poll and stayed there for the Feb. 12 poll.
Michigan finished as the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 4. The Hoosiers followed at No. 8, with Ohio State No. 9, Minnesota (11), Purdue (14) and Penn State (22). Wisconsin and Iowa were in the also receiving votes category.