Indiana Sweeps Evansville in Season Opener
October 19, 2002
Bloomington, IN - The Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Evansville for the third straight year at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center on Saturday.
The Hoosiers were victorious by a score of 320.50 to 209.50 and won all 32 events, however the diving wasn't counted in the final points total.
"We didn't dive as well as we are capable of, but that is pretty standard for the beginning of the season," head coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "I think that we are going to have a good year. Marc Carlton did some good stuff for us today and I think that he has a good shot at breaking two school records this year. All in all we dove well."
Senior Sara Hildebrand broke her own school record in the 1 meter event finishing with a score of 323.48. On the men's side, Marc Carlton took two first place finishes in the 1 and 3 meter events, scoring 310.28 and 335.20 respectively.
David Schulze stole three individual event victories for the men's swimming team and contributed to the 200 medley win. Schulze posted a time of 57.19 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 2:04.04 in the 200, and 4:04.50 in the 400-yard IM. Indiana took the top four spots in the 400 IM.
"I am pleased with the way I competed today because we have been training very hard," Schulze said. "We have been doing hard workouts lately. The fact that we were able to race hard and put good times up and put some really good races together is a good sign for the future."
Also placing first in four events was junior Meghan Medendorp. Her time of 24.17 was good enough to place her first in the 50 freestyle event. In the 100 free, Medendorp posted a time of 51.54. She contributed to the group win in the 200 medley and the freestyle relay as well.
"This was our first meet of the season so we are working a lot on race strategy," Medendorp said. "We wanted to get in there and concentrate on what we had to do to be successful."
Junior Brook Tafflinger finished first in the 200 free event with a time of 1:52.80, first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:20.04) and second in the 500 yard freestyle behind teammate Sarah Fiden who came in at 4:56.74.
"I am very happy with my swims today," Tafflinger said. "I usually don't have a great beginning of the season great, so I feel that pulling this off shows the team what I can do."
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 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. Dale won the 100 free, and the 50 free.
Head women's swimming coach Dorsey Tierney is pleased with the way her team competed today.
"I saw a couple of things, first several people working very hard," coach Tierney said. "I saw a lot of tired legs today too. I think that for the most part we were pretty good, but not very consistent in all of our events. Most people had one or two really good events and then kind of fell off on their third. Part of that is because it is early in the season and also because we have been training hard. We need to work on the ability to stayed focused throughout the duration of the whole meet."
The men's swimming and diving team return home on Friday, Oct. 25 to host Michigan State, and the women travel to Notre Dame on Nov. 1. Both meet times are set for 5:00 p.m.
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