June 3, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana University men's head swimming coach Ray Looze Jr. today announced that in addition to the four individuals that signed National Letters-of-Intent this past fall--Jesse Cleaver (Huntington, Ind./North), Matthew Jensen (Valencia, Calif./Chaminade College Prep), Matt Maley (Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon), and Ryan McNeill (Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia)--an additional 12 swimmers will attend Indiana University this fall.
Said Looze of the 2003 recruiting class, "This recruiting class is the best Indiana has seen since 1988, one that included (All-America selection and Spanish Olympic team member) Sergio Lopez. Ultimately, the depth of the class may prove to make it even more valuable. We hosted 60 official visits this past year and we will need to work just as hard in the future to capture the Big Ten crown."
The entire list of 2003 recruits is as follows:
Name Hometown/High School
Mike Anderson Florence, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
Jesse Cleaver* Huntington, Ind. (North)
Benjamin Fay Attleboro, Mass. (Attleboro)
Michael Hewitt Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove)
Lee Houchin& Nashville, Tenn. (Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet H.S.)
Matthew Jensen* Valencia, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep)
Matt Maley* Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon)
Ryan McNeill* Yorba Linda, Calif. (Valencia)
Drew Ossakow North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)
Brandon Rector Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Colin Russell& Barrie, Ontario (Innisdale Secondary)
Kyle Ruth Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown)
Daniel Schrider Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming)
Paul Sigfusson& Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale)
Scott Tanner& Loveland, Ohio (St. Xavier)
Scott Wetzel Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville)
* Signed National Letter-of-Intent in Fall of 2002
& Signed National Letter-of-Intent in Spring of 2003
Per NCAA rules, the bios of swimmers who signed a letter-of-intent during the fall signing period may not be updated
2002 Recruit Biographies
Mike Anderson Florence, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
A product of Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky., where he swam for coach Lindy Blankenbueler, Anderson earned All-America honors as a senior in 2003 and was also an all-region and all-state performer...also earned second-team Academic All-America honors...has recorded career-best times of 20.78 in the 50-yard freestyle (relay split), 47.24 in the 100 free, 52.24 in the 100 backstroke, and 1:53.19 in the 200 back...was a member of Covington Catholic's 400-yard freestyle relay time that recorded an All-America qualifying time of 3:15.15...was recognized as his team's Most Valuable Swimmer...received the Corbitt Award for displaying outstanding leadership...at the club level, swimming for the Northern Kentucky Clippers where he swam for coach Andy Rose, was a US Open and sectional qualifier and a national relay member...is the son of Nancy and Tony Anderson...was born December 28, 1984.
Head coach Ray Looze on Mike Anderson: "Michael is a swimmer who really wanted to attend IU and has made significant sacrifices to make that dream possible. He is one of the best high school swimmers in the state of Kentucky and one of the more positive people anyone could spend time around. Mike has the type of determination, enthusiasm, and will to succeed that we need to win the Big Ten and beyond. I look forward to watching him swim fast next year."
Jesse Cleaver Huntington, Ind. (North)
In 2002, Cleaver earned Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association All-State accolades in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle...placed third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free at the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving meet in 2002...at the 2002 state meet, recorded a time of 4:38.19 during the preliminaries and 4:39.54 in the final. In the 200 free, notched a 1:41.53 in the prelims and a 1:41.52 in the finals...placed seventh in the 200 free and 10th in the 500 free at the 2001 IHSAA State Meet...was recognized by Prep Sports as one of its swimmers-of-the-year in 2002...swims for the Southwest Allen County Swim Club...is the son of Michael Cleaver.
Head coach Ray Looze on Jesse Cleaver: "Jesse Cleaver will be the top graduating senior in Indiana swimming, so we are very excited to have him join our Indiana family. It has been over 10 years since IU has signed the top Indiana state swimmer. He is going to help us in both butterfly events and he also has the ability to help us in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyles. He is a very versatile guy who we feel will make an immediate impact at both the Big Ten and NCAA level. When he swims well, I think a lot of guys in this state will follow him in the future. It came down to Purdue and us, and it is always nice for that to go in our favor."
Benjamin Fay Attleboro, Mass. (Attleboro)
A product of Attleboro High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts, where he swam for Darbie Honey as a senior and Victor Bonneville for the first three years of his career, Fay was a four-time all-conference selection...was recognized as a four-time all-star by the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle...was named to Who's Who in Sports...has career-best times of 53.72 in the 100 backstroke, 1:53.13 in the 200 back, 52.81 in the 100 butterfly, 1:56.07 in the 200 fly, and 4:09.00 in the 400 IM... in addition to his athletic accomplishments, Fay also excelled in the classroom as he earned Academic All-America honors and is a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society...at the club level, under the direction of head coach Paul Mangili, competed for the Magnus Aquatic Group (formerly the Attleboro BlueFish) who finished second at Winter Junior Nationals in 2003...is the son of Betsy and Norman Fay...was born September 26, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Benjamin Fay: "When I first viewed Ben swimming on a videotape this past fall, he immediately reminded me of a younger Coach (Brian) Barnes. The technique was identical and we all know that Coach Barnes went on to become one of our more successful freestylers at IU. Ben is very young for his class and as he fills out will dropped large amounts of time in both the freestyle and backstroke."
Michael Hewitt Greenwood, Ind. (Center Grove)
A product of Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., where he swam for Jim Todd, Hewitt was the Center Grove High School Athlete-of-the-Year in 2003...earned 10 varsity letters, including four in swimming, four in cross country, and two in track...was MVP of the swimming team as a junior and again as a senior...as a junior in 2002, finished eighth in the 100-yard butterfly at the IHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships...was a first-team All-America selection as a junior and senior as a member of Center Grove's 200-yard medley relay squad...is the school record holder in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay...was MIC champion in the 100-yard butterfly as a junior...has career-best times of 51.76 in the 100 fly, 1:55.78 in the 200 fly, 54.50 in the 100 back, 1:58 in the 200 back, and 4:12.50 in the 400 IM...is the county record holder in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard individual medley...earned an Academic Honors Diploma...also competed for the Center Grove Aquatic Club...is the son of Karen and Tim Hewitt...was born January 26, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Michael Hewitt: "While getting to know Michael during his senior year two thoughts kept coming to mind. This young man is a born leader who will never quit. He is a versatile swimmer with his specialty being butterfly. I look forward to coaching him every day because he is the type of person who will improve daily in some way, shape, or form."
Lee Houchin Nashville, Tenn. (Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet H.S.)
A product of Martin Luther King Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee, Houchin competed for the Nashville Aquatic Club (NAC), where he ranks among the top 10 in club history for Senior Boys in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle, 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and 200-yard individual medley...has career-best times of 21.36 in the 50-yard freestyle, 46.78 in the 200 free, 52.36 in the 100-yard backstroke, and 1:53.80 in the 200 back...club coach was John Morse...is a member of the National Honor Society...is the son of Barbara and Tom Houchin...was born October 25, 1984
Head coach Ray Looze on Lee Houchin: "Lee is one of the top swimmers in Tennessee and will probably be the best of that class in another few years. He has a powerful and sleek freestyle, which will help the team individually and on relays. Lee's backstroke has also made recent improvements and will be very potent in dual meets and give our squad more versatility."
Matthew Jensen Valencia, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep)
A three-time team Most Valuable Player at Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif., he was elected captain of the team as a senior in 2002-03...was a CIF Finalist in 2000, 2001, and 2002...was selected to the Southern California All-Star Team...swam for the Canyon Aquatics Swim Club, which is under the direction of head coach Bruce Patmos...was a Western Zones participant in 1995, 2000, and 2001...is the son of Becky and Jon Jensen.
Head coach Ray Looze on Matthew Jensen: "Matt Jensen is going to be a very good college swimmer. He is big, lanky, and tall, and is versatile as well. He swims the individual medley and butterfly, both the 200 and 400 in the IM and the 100 and 200 in the fly. He is also a solid freestyler and backstroker. He is going to bring us immediate depth in the IM and fly, and will develop into an NCAA qualifier within a couple of years."
Matt Maley Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon)
This Ohio product placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2002 Ohio High School Athletic Association Championships...as a sophomore in 2001, placed sixth in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle at the OHSAA championships...swam for Marcie Steen at Mount Vernon...played varsity baseball...is the son of Terri and Jeff Maley.
Head coach Ray Looze on Matt Maley: "Matt Maley helps us add depth to our sprints and he is also a very good 100 flyer. He comes from a really small town and many times those guys are diamonds in the rough when they arrive in a university setting where they can really develop. Matt give us a great one-two-three punch with Halasz and Cleaver."
Ryan McNeill Yorba Linda, Calif. (Valencia)
Is the 2002 CIF District IV Champion and record holder in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle...was the 2002 CIF Southern Sectional All-Division Finalist, placing sixth in the 500 free and eighth in the 100 fly...was the Orange League Most Valuable Swimmer in 2000 and again in 2002...holds school records in the 200 free, 500 free, and 100 fly...has been a member of the Fullerton Aquatic Sports Team (FAST) for the past 10 years...is a three-time recipient of the "Senior Swimmer" Coaches' Award at FAST...was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Southern California Swimming Senior All-Star Team...was a qualifier for the 2002 Phillips 66 National Championships, which were held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...received the Valencia High School Distinguished Scholar Award in 2002...won the Valencia High School Scholar-Athlete Award...ranks among the top 10 percent of his graduating class and is a member of the National Honor Society...is the son of Janet and Andrew McNeill.
Head coach Ray Looze on Ryan McNeill: "Ryan McNeill is a national qualifier in the 1500 meter free who will pair with Richard Bryant to give us a much improved distance group in the fall of 2003. Beyond the 500/1000/1650 he can also swim butterfly. Ryan will eventually develop into an NCAA caliber distance freestyler. It was great to sign two swimmers from California because that state is traditionally one of the best in swimming, along with Indiana. We did well in two important swimming hotbeds."
Drew Ossakow North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
A product of Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, where he swam for Rick Morrison, Ossakow earned All-America honors as a member of Hoover High School's 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays...was a four-team first-team All-Stark County selection...was a four-time first-team All-Federal League selection and two-time Federal League Swimmer-of-the-Year...was a four-time state qualifier...at the 2003 Ohio State Championships, finished fifth in four events: 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 200 medley relay, and 200 free relay...swam for the North Canton YMCA Nemesis swim team where he was a four-time YMCA National Meet qualifier...YMCA coach was Matt Johnsen...has recorded career-best times of 21.32 in the 50-yard free, 46.76 in the 100 free, and 1:02.42 in the 100 breast...was named to the academic honor roll and earned the Academic Booster Club's Most Improved GPA award...is an Eagle Scout with one bronze eagle palm...is the son of Iris and Steven Ossakow...was born April 16, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Drew Ossakow: "After Drew and his family came to visit IU last summer, I knew then we had to have him on the team. Although Drew stands 6-2, he swims like 6'6 because of his long arms and large feet. He is built for speed and will develop into one of our better sprinters once he adapts to the higher level of training in college."
Brandon Rector Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
A product of Carmel High School in Carmel, Ind., where he swam for Ken Stopkotte, Rector was a member of the Greyhounds' two-time state champion 200-yard medley relay...at the 2003 state meet, also finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly...as a junior in 2002, was a member of Carmel's 200-yard medley relay team that set the state record with a time of 1:33.05...helped lead the Greyhounds to three consecutive state championships...will graduate this spring with academic honors and is a two-time CLASS Award winner...also competed for the Carmel Swim Club, which is also coached by Stopkotte...is the son of Ellen and Troy Rector...was born September 25, 1984.
Head coach Ray Looze on Brandon Rector: "Brandon was one of the better butterflyers in Indiana this past season but the "best" under the water. After watching one of his practices last summer, I noticed his excellent ability to kick under water. Because this is a rare talent in swimming, we are excited to begin to develop this weapon next season."
Colin Russell Barrie, Ontario (Innisdale Secondary)
A product of Innisdale in Barrie, Ontario, Russell swam for coach Dean Henze as a member of the Barrie Trojan Swim Club...was a member of the Canadian National Team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival where he won four silver and two bronze medals (includes three relays)...was a silver and bronze medallist at the Canadian Nationals...His best times in long course meters are 51.4 in the 100-meter free, 1:52.2 in the 200 free, and 3:58 in the 400 free...was the high-point winner at the Junior Eastern Canadian Championships...also played soccer...is from the same home town as recently graduated IU swimmer David Schulze...is the son of Erin and Cecil Russell...was born July 2, 1984.
Head coach Ray Looze on Colin Russell: "Colin is one of the top 18-and-under swimmers in North America. His performance at the youth games in Australia illustrates the level and range he is capable of racing. He is very motivated and willing to train hard. Combined with his talent, we can expect some exciting results from him in the near future. Colin will swim the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles as well as the 100 breaststroke next year and will be involved on both freestyle and medley relays."
Kyle Ruth Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown
A product of Yorktown High School in Yorktown, Ind., where he swam for Jay Agnew, Ruth is a five-time NISCA All-America selection...holds eight school records at Yorktown High School, including all of the school marks in every event at the 100-yard distance...has career-best times of 20.53 in the 50-yard freestyle, 46.96 in the 100 free, 49.89 in the 100 fly, and 58.53 in the 100 breaststroke...won the Schulof Award, which recognizes the top swimmer in the Muncie, Ind., area. Lary Schulhof, a former IU standout, competed for the U.S. at the 1964 Olympic Games and is the only Muncie native to participate in the Olympics...also swam for the Yorktown Swim Club, where he is the first Senior state champion in the history of the club...in the summer of '02, was fourth in the 50 free at the 2002 Speedo Championships and finished fifth in the same event at the 2002 Junior Nationals...is the son of Leah Ruth-Butler and Darrell Butler...was born June 5, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Kyle Ruth: "Kyle was the top sprinter in the state of Indiana this past year and one of the top butterflyers. His enthusiasm for the sport is unparalleled and he will be one of our leaders in the future. Initially, Kyle was offered a scholarship to IU, but asked if he could relinquish it to make his freshman class stronger. Since I began coaching, I have never seen a more generous act. Kyle's participation on our team will also lead to continued success in the future recruitment of Indiana swimmers."
Daniel Schrider Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming
A product of Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he swam for Teresa Wade, Schrider was a high school All-America selection in the breaststroke...at the 2003 Division I Ohio Swimming and Diving Championships, led Wyoming to a third-place finish as a team as he finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke...was also a member of the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay team, third-place 200-yard freestyle relay team, and fourth-place 200-yard medley relay team ...has career-best times of 57.65 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:06.75 in the 200 breast...a tremendous student, he is a National Merit Scholar...swimming for the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA under the direction of Mike Leonard, he helped lead the Tigersharks to the 2002 YMCA Long Course national title...is the son of Ruth and John Schrider...was born March 15, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Daniel Schrider: "Last season we were very thin in the breaststroke events. With the addition of Dan, we get one of the best breaststrokers in Ohio who is also one of the top incoming students to IU. Dan has a very strong work ethic and will score valuable points for us in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes."
Paul Sigfusson Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale)
A product of Hinsdale High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, where he swam for Corky King, Sigfusson was a five-time All-America selection and a five-time all-state team member...also a fine student, he earned the scholar-athlete award at Hinsdale...has career-best times of 4:35.58 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1:42.67 in the 200 free...at the club level, competed for the Hinsdale Swim Club...club swim coach was Mike Laurich...also played baseball...is the son of Becky and Dr. Paul Sigfusson, who was an All-American swimmer for IU under famed coach Doc Counsilman...was born February 16, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze Paul Sigfusson: "Paul has a tremendous amount of talent and confidence. This past year he dropped a significant amount of time, which leads me to believe his best years will come in college. We are looking forward to Paul swimming the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles for us which will add much need depth in those events."
Scott Tanner Loveland, Ohio (St. Xavier)
A product of perennial Ohio State team champion St. Xavier High School near his hometown of Loveland, Ohio, Tanner has career-best times of 49.88 in the 100-yard butterfly, 52.17 in the 100-yard backstroke, and 1:53.53 in the 200 back...swam for head coach Jim Brower at St. Xavier...is a member of the National Honor Society...at the club level, swam for the Cincinnati Marlins...club coach was Chris Wolford...is the nephew of IU faculty member Dave Tanner who swam on four NCAA championship swimming teams at Indiana under Doc Counsilman....is the son of Marty and Tom Tanner...was born September 5, 1984.
Head coach Ray Looze on Scott Tanner: "This past season Scott really revealed his value to a team. In the middle of the season he came down with mono. Typically, such an illness removes any possibility of attaining success in a season, yet not with Scott. He not only helped his high school win the Ohio State Championship, but also posted lifetime best times and captained the team. Even as a freshman, I expect him to lead by example."
Scott Wetzel Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville
A product of Lakeville High School in Lakeville, Minn., where he swam for Dan Schneider, Wetzel was an All-American selection as a member of Lakeville's 200-yard free relay team and was an honorable mention All-America selection in both the 400-yard free relay and the 200-yard medley relay...was an all-state selection for two seasons and an all-conference pick throughout his high school career...was selected as team Most Valuable Swimmer as a junior and again as a senior...was recognized as Lakeville's Most Dedicated Swimmer as a freshman and sophomore...has career-best times of 51.91 in 100-yard butterfly, 58.60 in 100-meter butterfly, 1:58.79 in 200-yard butterfly, 2:19.85 in 200-meter butterfly, and 1:57.87 in 200-yard individual medley...also excelled in the classroom as he was selected as an Academic All-American, along with being a member of the National Honor Society and a Governor's Scholar...was a member of the Student Senate for three years and will graduate with a 3.9 grade point average...also played high school soccer for three years...swimming for the Farmington Tigersharks at the club level under the direction of coach Dion Erbes, he was a state champion in the 100 butterfly in 2000 and the 200 butterfly in 2002, along with being a zone champion in the 100 butterfly (2002)...was also member of zone championship relay teams in the 200 and 400 medley relays and 400 free relay in 2002...is the son of Patti and Steve Wetzel...was born September 21, 1985.
Head coach Ray Looze on Scott Wetzel: "Scott was one of the top butterflyers in the state of Minnesota last year. He will help to make our butterfly training group one of the best in the nation next season."