Crimson Downs Cream in Intrasquad Affair
October 11, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened up the 2003-04 campaign with the annual Cream and Crimson meet The Crimson team came away with the victory, 136-107, as they won eight over the 13 events on the day.
"It was very surprising in a few events how we swam," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "They were better than I thought they would be given the level of training that we are at right now. I was particularly impressed with the butterfliers, breaststrokers and the IMers. In general, I thought it was a great first meet for us. The intrasquad was better than last year, which was the first one I got to witness. It was a good benchmark for the coaching staff of where we are and where we need to go. We were a little rough on turns and starts. We are going to need to be better there. Relay exchanges were ok but those will get better in time. Overall, I am pleased with the effort and the team sprit."
For the second straight season, juniors Murph Halasz and Richard Bryant led their respective teams with two individual victories. The two each won two events at the Cream and Crimson meet last season.
Halasz won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley for the Cream squad. In the 100 butterfly, the Richmond, Va., native won in an impressive early season time of 49.93. Junior transfer Thomas Clavier of the Crimson was second at 50.27. Halaz also won the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.49. Junior Niles Madison was impressive in the event for the Crimson as well finishing second just two seconds behind Halaz.
Bryant won the two distance event, the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle, for the Crimson team. The Somerset, England native won the 500 over freshman Colin Russell with a time of 4:43.36. Bryant went head to head with freshman Ryan McNeil of Cream for the entire 1000 freestyle. The two were in a dead heat at the midpoint of the event, but Bryant ended as the victor. McNeil's time of 9:48.05 was only 22 hundredths behind Bryant's 9:47.83.
Russell had an impressive swim in the 200-yard freestyle for the Cream. The Barrie, Ontario native finished first with a time of 1:41.63. Junior David Winck also turned in a good effort for the Crimson coming in second behind Russell at 1:42.96.
Senior Marc Carlton led the divers as he won both the one and three-meter events for the Crimson. Sophomore Brian Mariano took second in the one-meter, while Cream teammate and junior Ryan Fagan was third. Mariano and Fagan flipped positions in the three-meter.
"We were happy to participate in an intrasquad meet," Indiana head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "We didn't throw in any competitive dives. Our focus is strictly on the end of the season. We just had fun today. We did a few simple dives that we are going to take a look at. It was good from that standpoint, you always seem to take a little bit more notice when you get in a meet of what you are doing I think it will help us get at little more focused for practice on Monday. But other than that, it was fun and we are still going to work on fundamentals and basics that will hopefully carry us into the championship season later."
Seniors Mike Payne and Claes Andersson were the top two sprinters on the day. Payne won the 50-yard freestyle for the Cream. He out touched the Crimson's Andersson by four hundredths of a second. Payne's time was 20.89, while Andersson was 20.93. Andersson won the 100-yard freestyle and finished less than three tenths of a second ahead of Russell.
Clavier won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 57.49 for the Crimson. Sophomore Kevin Swander and junior Niles Madison made it a complete sweep of the top three spots by the Crimson as they finished second and third, respectively.
Sophomore Mike Jones won the only other individual event for the Crimson. Jones captured the victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.26.
The teams split the relays. The Cream won the 200-yard medley relay to start the meet. Senior Matt Leach, sophomore Hank Baldwin, Halasz and Payne wont he event by almost a second over the Crimson team of Jones, Swander, Clavier and freshman Kyle Ruth. The Crimson capped off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Winck, Andersson, Ruth and freshman Jesse Cleaver won with a time of 1:26.46.
The Hoosiers will be back in action next weekend when they take on the University of Evansville Purple Aces on Saturday. The meet will be a co-ed meet with the women's swimming and diving team. It is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
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