400m Free Relay Takes Fifth at National Championships
Aug. 2, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. - Indiana's 400-meter free relay team and former Hoosier standout Kevin Swander turned in solid performances at the 2006 ConocoPhillips National Championships/World Championship Trials at the William Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center on Aug. 1, with the relay unit placing fifth and Swander taking 19th in the 100m breaststroke.
Rising sophomore Ben Hesen, rising junior Todd Patrick, rising senior Lee Houchin and rising junior Nick Waltkotten combined to turn in a time of 3:27.79 in the 400m free relay, earning the Hoosiers' highest finish in either the preliminaries or the finals on the first day of competition.
Swander, a 13-time All-American during his tenure in Bloomington, was the only Hoosier to advance to the finals from the preliminary sessions, as he finished 17th in the 100m breast in the prelims to qualify for the bonus final. Swander posted a time of 1:03.58 in the bonus final, good for 19th place.
Rising junior Ronnie Hehn finished 28th in the 100m breast preliminaries with a time of 1:04.11. Rising sophomore Heath Tameris was 53rd with his time of 1:05.66, while incoming Washington transfer and rising junior Patrick Penoyar was 57th in 1:06.06.
In the 400m IM, rising junior John Kevin Koehler turned in a 4:36.80 to take 44th in the prelims. Koehler was 42nd in the 400m free, touching in 4:01.02, while classmate Alex Brunfeldt was 58th in the event with his time of 4:04.27.
Competition resumes with preliminaries on Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. Pacific time, followed by finals at 5:30 p.m.
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