Hoosiers Down Purple Aces
October 18, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The IU men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Evansville for the fourth straight season at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center on Saturday.
The women's team was victorious by a score of 183 to 104, while the men's team knocked off the Aces 164 to 116.
"I thought tactically we put together some good races," said women's coach Dorsey Tierney. "We have a lot of little things to work on, but for the most part I was really pleased with the efforts. Our squad is very versatile, and we are very fortunate to have a group like that. Kristen Bradley, by far this was the best racing she has done here. She has some big goals, and this really put herself on the right path to reaching those goals. Jinji Fraser had very good races today. Our old reliables had good races today to like Brooke Taflinger, and Megan Medendorp."
"We put a lot of guys in their off events today, and what we were hoping to find is any hidden signs of versatility," said men's coach Ray Looze. "My goal this past week was to get them as tired as possible coming into this meet. We are a very young team, and we are trying to find things out about them. We are really trying to improve the mental toughness. Mike Payne was particularly impressive today. I have got that guy about as tired as I have seen him. He made the commitment to stay last summer, and it has really shown."
Leading the way for the men's team was freshman Colin Russell. Appearing in his first collegiate meet, the Barrie, Ontario, native claimed victories in three events. He won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 9:32.73 in addition to the 50-yard freestyle (21.48) and the 100-yard breaststroke (57.60).
"I wasn't nervous, but I was ready to start out the year with good times so I have something to start out with," said Russell. "I have high expectations for myself, and I really want to do well."
Junior Richard Bryant added two victories, posting a time of 1:56.30 in the 200-yard butterfly and netting a 1:43.80 in the 500-yard freestyle.
"I think today went really well," said Bryant. "Our freshman really stepped up, and I was really pleased. Times are always going to be slow at the beginning of the season, but I am happy, especially with what we were swimming at this time last year. The freshman are going to make a difference time wise, but more so mentally. There is a new atmosphere around the team, and it is more positive."
Junior Ryan Fagan won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 281.77 as the men's team posted victories in 10 of the 16 events they competed in.
On the women's side, senior Meghan Medendorp captured the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.25, the 50-yard freestyle (24.11) to go along with her victory as part of the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Medendorp, Greer McGettrick, Leila Vaziri and Annica Lofstedt won the relay with a time of 3:53.16.
Additionally, senior Brooke Taflinger earned a win with a time of 10:02.47 in the 1,000-yard freestyle and claimed the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.59).
McGettrick also won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.08. Freshmen Lindsay Weigle and Heather Champman placed first and second in the one-meter diving competition.
Overall, the women's squad won 11 of the 16 events, en route to their season-opening victory.
The men's swimming and diving team returns to the pool against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 30, while the women head to Dallas, Texas, to compete in the SMU Classic on Oct. 24.
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