Hoosiers in 15th Place After Day Two of NCAA Championships
March 26, 2004
East Meadow, N.Y.-- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team moved to 15th place with 59 points after day two of the 2004 NCAA Championships. With one day of competition remaining, the Hoosiers have already scored more points at the NCAA Championships than any Indiana swimming and diving team since 1989.
"I couldn't be more pleased with how the team is performing," said Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze. "This is exactly the position we wanted to be in. Our goal was to be in the top 15 and we got there today. Our other goal is to get better with every session we swim and we have certainly done that."
The team of senior Matt Leach, sophomore Kevin Swander, junior Murph Halasz and senior Claes Anderrson received All-American honors when they placed seventh in the finals of the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:38.02. It was the first Hoosier relay team to receive the honor since 1992.
Swander also won the consolation finals of the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:00.38. His time, converted from short-course meters to short-course yards, was 54.10. The Greenwood, Ind., native bettered his prelim time of 54.17 in the finals this evening.
Freshman Colin Russell also placed in the consolation finals during tonight's session. In the 200-meter freestyle, Russell placed 11th overall with a converted time of 1:35.93.
In the prelims earlier today, Halasz also competed in the 100-meter butterfly where he placed 24th with a time of 48.12 converted to short-course yards. Leach swam the 100-meter backstroke where he finished 30th with a converted time of 49.76.
Ryan Fagan, the Hoosiers' lone diver in the meet, placed 22nd in the three-meter diving competition with 486.05 points.
The third and final day of the 2004 NCAA Championships will begin with prelims tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. The events being held include the 200-meter backstroke, 1500-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle relay and platform diving.
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