Cream Beats Crimson, 105-75
October 18, 2002
Bloomington, Ind.- The Cream squad stole the show in the annual Cream and Crimson intersquad meet at Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. The women's Cream team picked the up the victory, 98-87, while the Cream men's team won, 105-75.
"It is a good start for the team," Indiana men's swimming head coach Ray Looze, Jr. said. "They displayed a lot of team spirit which is one of the things I want to get ironed out early in the season, so we can be a first class sportsmanlike team the entire way. That is what the Cream and Crimson essentially is, it is a great way to start the season, and it sort of brings us together. We get to see some early season racing, we are not quite as fit as we will be later in the year, but I saw a lot of things I like. We made the typical early season mistakes having not raced for six months or so, but overall I was very please. Several of our swimmers are ahead of pace and is always nice."
Like Looze, Indiana women's swimming coach Dorsey Tierney liked what she saw from her team.
"I liked the racing," Tierney said. "I thought everyone raced effectively and consistently in every aspect. I thought the enthusiasm was good, but it always is early on in the season. I think the people that have gotten it done in practice consistently up to this point were the people who were pretty good tonight."
The women's battle came down to the final 400 freestyle relay, with the meet in the balance. The winning relay would clench the team victory for each squad. The cream squad led going into the event, 85-83. Crimson took an early lead with junior Megan Medendorp leading off, but the lead quickly deteriorated and the Cream won the event by nearly eight-tenths of a second with a time of 3:31.06.
The men's Cream squad jumped out to an early lead by virtue of winning the first four events. In all the Cream squad won seven of the 10 events including both relays. The Cream squad was led by sophomore Murph Halasz, junior Dale Ramsey and sophomore Richard Bryant. Halasz won the 200 individual medley, the 100 breast stroke and was part of the winning 400 medley relay. Ramsey won the 50 free with a time of 21.30 and was also part of both winning relays, the 400 medley and 400 free. Bryant claimed victory in both of his events winning the 200 free with a time of 1:43.75, and the 500 free by nearly 11 seconds with a time of 4:36.43.
"My 100 fly on the medley relay was good," Halasz said. "My breast was good. I was happy with my swims today. Last year my turns weren't very good, this year they are getting better, but they still need work. I am still working on kicking under water. I wasn't as far as I wanted or needed to be, but I am getting there."
The men's Crimson squad made a late charge winning three straight events, but couldn't pull out the win. Jonathan Burgess started the Crimson run by winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.36. Junior sprinter Mike Payne followed that up by posting a winning 100 free time of 47.05. Matt Leach finished off the Crimson fun by winning one of the more hotly contested events of the night the 100 backstroke. Leach defeated freshman Mike Jones by 13-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:53.50.
"My swims felt comfortable," Payne said. "At the start of meet I didn't feel so hot, but as the meet progressed, I felt a lot better. It is a great improved from years of swimming because usually by the end of the meet I don't feel as good, and this time I felt pretty good and confident on my last race."
On the women's side, junior Brooke Taflinger was a triple-winner to lead the way for the Cream. She won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.96 and the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.30. The Kokomo, Ind. product was also a part of the winning 400 free relay that clinched the meet for the Cream squad.
Sophomore Erin Smith and senior Anne Williams also picked up individual wins for the women's cream squad. Smith edged Williams in the 50 free, while Williams won the 100 free with a time of 52.90.
"I am not really focused on times right now," Williams said. "I am trying to get my racing strategy down. I was happy with the adjustments I made from my beginning events to my later events. I am trying to work more on technique now instead of time because we are doing a lot of hard training."
Senior Kristy Martin was a double winner for the Crimson squad. She won the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.89 and swam the butterfly leg of the winning 400 medley relay. Freshman Doherty Colgin won the 200 free for the Crimson with a time of 1:53.67. Sophomore Erin Gorlesky won the 500 free and senior Tina Gretlund won the 200 breast stroke for the Crimson squad.
Both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will open their dual meet season tomorrow when they host the Evansville Purple Aces at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. The meet is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.
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