Hoosiers Set to Host Purple Aces
October 16, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team will host the Evansville Purple Aces to open the 2003-04 dual meet season. Indiana has hosted the Purple Aces each of the last three seasons. The meet will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The meeting will be the fourth all-time between the two teams. Indiana has won each of the meetings by an average score of 171-105.
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Evansville Last Year
Last year the Hoosiers downed Evansville 135-106 to open the Ray Looze Era of Indiana Swimming on Oct. 19. The Hoosiers dominated Evansville in winning 15 of the 16 events.
David Schulze took three individual event victories last season against Evansville and also contributed to the 200 medley relay win. Junior Murph Halasz swept the butterfly events, posting a time of 1:51.20 in the 200 butterfly and 50.20 in the 100. Halasz was also a member of the 200 medley team that placed first with a time of 1:32.42. Other members of the 200 medley relay were Matt Leach, David Schulze, and Dale Ramsy. Leach swept the 100 and 200-yard backstroke competitions, posting times of 51.83 and 1:51.76.
Richard Bryant took honors in both distance events last season against Evansville. He won the 500 and 1000 freestyles. Fellow classmate David Winck made it a clean sweep of the individual freestyle events for the Hoosiers with a win in the 200 freestyle.
The Purple Aces come to Bloomington for the fourth-straight season to open the season. Evansville actually opens their 2003-04 schedule against Butler on Friday night.
Evansville went 1-7 in dual meets last season, including a 135-106 loss to the Hoosiers. The Purple Aces also finished fourth with 340.5 points at last season's Indiana Invitational.
At the 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, the Purple Aces took third with 468 points. Southwest Missouri State won the title with 1018 points.
Evansville returns two All-MVC swimmers in sophomores Mike Tomes and Derek Zehr. The pair were huge at the MVC meet with Tomes taking second in the 100-yard back and third in the 200-yard backstroke. Zehr placed second in he 200-yard back at the event.
The Purple Aces have a roster of 16, including nine newcomers. The numbers are a significant increase from what Evansville had last season.
Recapping the Cream and Crimson Meet
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.
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. Halaz also won the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.49.
Bryant won the two distance events, 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.
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 one- 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.
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 won the event by almost a second over the Crimson team. 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 only return four seniors for the 2003-04 season. Claes Andersson, Adam Goff, Matt Leach and Mike Payne all return for their final seasons in Bloomington. The quartet came to Bloomington as part of the 2000 recruiting class.
Andersson has been one of the best sprinters in the Big Ten over the last two seasons. He has placed third in each of the last two Big Ten Championships in the 50-yard freestyle. His career-best time of 19.93 ranks second all-time in the 50-yard freestyle. Andersson also took ninth in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2003 Big Ten Championships. He was the top Big Ten finisher in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in 2003.
Leach had his best Big Ten Championships last season as he advanced to the finals of both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. He placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 48.18 in the 100 backstroke is the second fastest time in school history and is only one hundredth of a second off of the school record.
Payne took ninth in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships in 2003. His season best time of 20.32 was good enough for an NCAA `B' cut time. Goff will provide the Hoosiers with depth at the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events.
Indiana head coach Ray Looze expects leadership and work ethic from his seniors. A lot is expected of the seniors with 16 freshmen on the team this season.
Seniors Matt Leach and Claes Andersson were selected as team captains for the 2003-04 season. Leach and Andersson both return as top swimmers in their respective events. Leach returns as the Hoosiers top backstroker, while Andersson is the Hoosiers' top freestyler.
In preparation for the Olympic Trials and World Championship trials, the Hoosiers' diving squad will redshirt four of its five returning divers from last season. In 2003, Indiana diving scored 185 points at the Big Ten Championships in helping the Hoosiers to a third place finish.
A 2003 All-American Marc Carlton heads the list of divers redshirting this season. In 2003, Carlton was the Big Ten Diver of the Year and co-Big Ten Diver of the Championships. He also earned All-America honors by placing in the top eight of the three-meter and 10-meter platform at the NCAA Championships. Carlton will focus on training for the Olympic Trials and World Championships before returning to collegiate action next season.
Brian Mariano will follow his teammates lead and redshirt the 2003-04 season. Mariano will train for the World Championships as well. He and Carlton teamed over the summer and had very impressive performances in the synchro events. They placed second on the synchro three-meter at the Speedo National Diving Championships. At the World Championship Trials, they duo placed third on the synchro three-meter and fourth on the synchro platform.
With all the diving redshirts, junior Ryan Fagan is the only Hoosier diver that will compete collegiately in 2003-04. Fagan received the Jeff Warrick Award as the most improved diver in 2003.
Fagan scored on all three levels at the Big Ten Championships. He placed 12th on the one-meter, 10th on the three-meter and 15th on the 10-meter platform. Fagan capped off his season with a third placed finish on the three-meter at the NCAA Zone `C' Diving Championships. He was also an Academic All-America selection by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Hoosiers' roster for the 2003-04 season is dominated by freshmrn. Of the 35 swimmers and divers on the roster, 16 are freshmen. The break down of freshmen by state is: four from Ohio, three from Indiana and two from California and one from each of Canada, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado and Massachusetts. The freshman class is comprised of 15 swimmers and one diver.
Indiana Head Swimming Coach Ray Looze
Ray Looze enters his second season with the Hoosiers and has a clear objective of resurrecting a program and tradition built by James `Doc' Counsilman and his six national titles of the 1960s and 70s. The Counsilman-led Hoosiers won six straight national titles from 1968-73.
In his first season at the helm, Looze led the Hoosiers to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. It was the best Hoosier showing since Indiana placed third in 1997. The 455 points were also the most since 1991. Looze also led the Hoosiers to a 7-1 dual meet record in his first season. The Hoosiers were 5-1 in conference duals meets and at the end of the season were ranked 22nd in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America top 25.
Prior to coming to Indiana, Looze spent the five seasons as the head men and women's swimming coach at the University of the Pacific. He built a program that in his final season finished 15th at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Looze was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year. Looze was also the head boy's swimming coach at The Peddie School in 1994-95. While at The Peddie School, he won Swimming World's 1995 Mythical National Championship. Prior to serving as the head coach at The Peddie School, Looze spent seasons as an assistant at Harvard and as a graduate assistant for the 1991 NCAA Champion for men, Texas.
He was no stranger to the college swimming scene as he was an accomplished swimmer at the University of Southern California. Looze was a four-time All-American at USC, including being named the 1989 USC Athlete of the Year.
Looze resides in Bloomington with his wife, Kandis, and his two children, Bryce and MacKenzie.
Indiana Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber
Dr. Jeff Huber enters his 15th season as the head men's and women's diving coach at Indiana University. Since coming to Indiana in 1989 after serving as the head diving coach at Nebraska, Huber has led the Hoosiers to 10-straight U.S. National Combined Team Championships.
He has coached six U.S. National Athlete Performance Award winners, given to the diver that scores the most points at the U.S. Diving Nationals. Huber has also coached 31 All-Americans, 24 Big Ten Champions and two NCAA Championships in his tenure at IU.
Huber has been named U.S. Diving's National Coach of the Year each of the last six times. In 2003, Sara Hildebrand, a Huber coached diver, was named U.S. Diving's Athlete of the Year.
Huber is also an eight-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, including winning the award with both the men and women in 2003. At the men's Big Ten Championships in 2003, the divers scored 185 total points in helping to lead the Hoosiers to a third place finish as a team. At both the men and women's Big Ten Championships in 2003, IU divers Marc Carlton and Sara Hildebrand were both named Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Big Ten Diver of the Year.
He has also served as a coach for 17 international competitions, including the 2003 World Championships and Pan American Games and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Huber resides in Bloomington with his wife, Dr. Lesa Huber, and their two children, Julia (17) and David (14).
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