Hoosiers Finish in 17th Place at NCAA Championships
March 27, 2004
East Meadow, N.Y.--The Indiana men's swimming and diving team finished in 17th place with 75.5 points at the 2004 NCAA Championships. It was the best finish for an IU team since 1992 and the most points scored since 1991.
"We are pleased with our performance today," said Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze. "We couldn't have had a better prelim session. Everything I asked them to do, they did and they got better with every session. We are getting Indiana swimming back on the map."
Junior Murph Halasz led the Hoosiers with an 11th place finish in the 200-meter butterfly. Converted from short-course meters to short course yards, Halasz had a time of 1:44.91. In the prelims earlier in the day, Halasz eclipsed his own school record in the event, with a converted time of 1:44.31.
Sophomore Kevin Swander also had an impressive day for the Hoosiers. In the 200-meter breaststroke, Swander advanced to the consolation finals where he placed 13th overall with a converted time of 1:57.77.
Junior Ryan Fagan competed in the platform diving event where he placed 14th with a career-high 438.20 points.
In the 400-meter freestyle relay, the team of freshman Colin Russell, Swander, Claes Andersson and Halasz placed 15th with a time of 3:21.51.
Earlier in the day during prelims, senior Matt Leach placed 30th in the 200-meter backstroke with a converted time of 1:48.75. Russell finished the 100-meter freestyle in 31st place with a time of 44.28. The time was a season and personal best.
Next up, the Hoosiers will compete next in the Counsilman Classic in Indianapolis next weekend, April 2-4.
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