Oct. 17, 2008
Indiana vs. Kentucky- Meet Notes
DUAL MEET VS. KENTUCKY
Oct. 18, 2008 - 11 a.m.
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers open the 2008-09 season with a home meet against Kentucky at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Last year the Hoosiers posted a 186-114 win over the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky.
NOTE: Due to a 5K race going on in the vicinity of the aquatics center on Saturday, fans are encouraged to arrive early.
NEWS AND NOTES
This season look for a crop of newcomers to step up with the departure of senior All-Americans Ben Hesen, Todd Patrick, Ronnie Hehn, Pat Penoyar and John Kevin Koehler.
Senior Matt Lenton (relays), sophomore Ante Zoricic (relays) and sophomore Landon Marzullo (diving) are the only returning All-Americans.
Sophomore Kurt Bassett should be a force in the backstroke after taking gold in the 200 back at the World Youth Championships this past summer.
Freshman Eric Ress had an impressive showing at the intrasquad Cream and Crimson meet, taking first in the 200 back and 500 free, along with second in the 100 back.
Sophomore Ante Zoricic earned All-America honors as a relay member last year and took first in the 100 free in the Cream and Crimson meet.
After a year off, Bryan Chovanec is back and will be a force in the sprints, finishing first in the 50 free and second in the 100 free in the Cream and Crimson meet.
In the diving well, the Hoosiers return one of the top young divers in the country in sophomore Landon Marzullo. Marzullo is the defending Big Ten champion in the one-meter and three-meter springboard.
Sophomore Kris Hill should also be a force, and Division III All-Americans Justin and Robert Dohring will use their final season of eligibility as a member of the IU team.
DUAL MEET OF THE WEEK
SWIMMING World has selected IU's matchup with Northwestern on Oct. 24 as part of its Dual Meet of the Week series.
This meet will be provided with home page coverage on the SWIMMING World site.
BASSETT TAKES GOLD
Indiana University sophomore Kurt Bassett came home with a gold in the 200 backstroke at the 2008 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Monterrey, Mexico.
Representing his native New Zealand, Bassett covered the 200 meters in a time of 1:59.67, becoming the first Hoosier to record a time under two minutes.
Basset also swam the 100 back, placing fifth in a time of 56.26. His other events at the six-day meet included the 50-meter backstroke (18th- 27.11), 200-meter freestyle (22nd- 1:53.82) and the 400 medley relay (8th- 3:47.53).
Freshman Eric Ress also competed at the meet for France, taking sixth in the 200 back (2:01.71).
In addition, IU assistat coach Donny Brush served as an assistant coach with the New Zealand team at the event.
DIVING CLAIMS NATIONAL TITLE
Indiana took home the women's team title, the men's team title and the overall title at the 2008 Kaiser Permanente National Championships in August.
Sophomore Landon Marzullo earned the high point award after taking fourth on the platform, fourth on the three-meter and second on the one-meter.
Senior Will Bohonyi was sixth on the platform and teamed up with sophomore Kris Hill to finish third in the synchronized platform event.
WESTPHAL HEADS TO BEIJING
Indiana assistant swimming coach Mike Westphal fulfilled an Olympic wish by serving as an assitant coach with the Ukrainian delegation at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Westphal was a familiar face to two Ukrainian swimmers as former standout Sergiy Fesenko and current junior Kate Zubkova competed for their native countries in Beijing.
Fesenko competed in the 400-meter freestyle, placing sixth in Heat 5 with a time of 3:47.75.
In the 1,500 free, Fesenko finished sixth in his heat with a time of 15:13.03. That time placed him 23rd overall.
BIG TEN POWER
Looze has directed the Hoosiers to six top-four Big Ten finishes in as many seasons at the helm of the Indiana program.
Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005, first in 2006, fourth in 2007 and second in 2008.
2008 BIG TEN RECAP
Indiana took second at the 2008 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships with a total of 855 points.
Senior Ben Hesen shared Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Championship honors after taking home Big Ten titles in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. He was also part of the victorious 200-yard medley relay team.
Six school records were set at the meet:
200-yard Freestyle Relay: Patrick, Lenton, Hesen, Zoricic 1:18.34
200-yard Individual Medley Todd Patrick 1:44.31
50-yard Freestyle Todd Patrick 19.89r
100-yard butterfly Ben Hesen 46.65
200-yard butterfly Todd Patrick 1:43.73
200-yard backstroke Ben Hesen 1:40.85
In addition to Hesen's individual honors, Landon Marzullo was named Big Ten Diver of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Diver of the Championship.
Dr. Jeff Huber was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year.
Marzullo started off his Big Ten championship career with a bang, winning both the 1-meter (388.55- Big Ten record) and 3-meter (423.55) events. He also placed fourth in the platform (386.40).
- Hesen clocked a time of 45.92 in winning the 100 back, breaking the old Canham Natatorium time of 46.48 set by Olympian Michael Phelps.
- He added the 100 butterfly title with a school-record time of 46.38, while Patrick was sixth (47.65).
- His third individual title came with a record-setting time of 1:40.85 in the 200 backstroke, nearly two seconds better than his old school record.
- The record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay team of Todd Patrick, Matt Lenton, Hesen and Ante Zoricic placed second with a time of 1:18.34.
Patrick took second in the 200-yard individual medley with a school-record time of 1:44.31. He added a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time of 1:43.73.
Senior John Kevin Koehler was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:20.75- career best). He went on to finish third in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:05.47).
Alex Brunfeldt was fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:10.80).
Matt Lenton was seventh in the 50-yard freestyle (19.90- career best).
Taylor Roberts finished fourth in the 1-meter (343.50 points) and third in the 3-meter (410.70).
Freshman Kris Hill was fourth in the 3-meter (408.15), while senior David Legler was sixth (351.15).
Legler also took third on the platform (399.60), while Will Bohonyi was seventh (363.75).
The 400- yard medley relay team of Hesen, Pat Penoyar, Patrick and Lenton placed second (3:11.29).
2007-08 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Indiana was No. 6 in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Indiana was No. 8 in the preseason poll and No. 7 in the Nov. 7 and Dec. 17 polls, No. 8 in the Jan. 18 poll and No. 6 in the Feb. 18 poll.