Indiana Swimming and Diving to Open Season with Cream vs. Crimson Meet on Sept. 29
Sept. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's men's and women's swimming and diving squads will kick off their seasons with their annual Cream vs. Crimson meet on Friday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m,. in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The Hoosier men turned in a phenomenal season in 2006, winning their first Big Ten team title since 1985 and finishing 12th at the NCAA Championships.
Kevin Swander was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships for the second time in his career, while diver Brian Mariano was named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Co-Diver of the Year. Nick Walkotten turned in a pair of third-place finishes at the league summitt, and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Head coach Ray Looze was named Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Hoosiers back to the top of the conference. Indiana's title was its 24th in program history.
Swander finished second at the NCAA meet in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Ben Hesen tied for fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Walkotten, Thomas Clavier, Sergiy Fesenko and Todd Patrick also earned All-America swimming honors. Divers Ryan Fagan and Taylor Roberts took a pair of certificates each, with Fagan doing so from the one-meter and the platform and Roberts earning the distinction from the three-meter and the platform.
Hesen, Patrick, Roberts and Walkotten return for the Hoosiers this year, and will look to lead Indiana to its first back-to-back Big Ten titles since IU won three straight from 1983-85.
Indiana's women's squad also found success in 2006, finishing fourth in the Big Ten and 14th at the NCAA Championships.
Diver Christina Loukas defended her crown in the one-meter for the Hoosiers' only individual win at the league championship. Annica Lofstedt, Clarissa Wentworth, Leila Vaziri and Allison Kay teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay for IU.
At the NCAA Championships, Loukas finished second in the three-meter and fellow diver Lindsay Weigle took third in the platform. Diver Heather Chapman (platform) and the same 400 free relay team from the Big Tens earned All-America honorable mention.
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