Oct. 21, 2009
Indiana at Northwestern- Meet Notes
INDIANA AT NORTHWESTERN- DUAL MEET
Oct. 23, 2009- 5 p.m. ET
Norris Aquatics Center
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers open the 2009-10 season with a Big Ten dual meet at Northwestern.
Last year the Hoosiers posted a 158-129 win over the Wildcats in Bloomington.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opens the 2009-10 season with a Big Ten dual at Northwestern.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
Junior Doug Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Junior Matthew O'Brien is one of the top returning butterfliers after taking 10th in the 100 fly at Big Tens last season.
Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
Newcomers who should make an immediate impact include junior transfer Ilya Larin in the middle distance free events, a junior Zack Stockman who was a junior college All-American.
There are a plethora of new faces in the diving well, as freshman Mick Dell'Orco and Casey Johnson look to make an immediate impact on the program.
Senior David Piercy is the only returning upperclassman, while sophomore Linus Altman-Kurosaki will re-join the team after the winter break after placing fifth on the three-meter springboard at Big Tens a year ago and competing at the NCAA Championships.
OPELL NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM
Aaron Opell earned a spot on the U.S. National Team in the breaststroke after taking fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2009 World Championship Trials and second in the event at the U.S. Open with a new school record of 2:10.38.
RESS TAKES BRONZE AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Eric Ress won a bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games as a member of France's 400-meter medley relay team. He also took fourth in the 200 back and seventh in his semifinal of the 100 back.
Ress broke his own school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.59 to finish third at the U.S. Open.
Junior Ante Zoricic represented Croatia at the World University Games, competing in the 50 free and 100 free.
In addition, head coach Ray Looze served as an assistant with USA Swimming at the 2009 World University Games.
DIVING CLAIMS NATIONAL TITLE
Indiana took home the women's team title and the combined team title at the 2009 AT&T National Championships in August.
Head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber was an assistant with the U.S. squad at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy.
Huber was named co-recipient of the Coach of Excellence Award for his efforts at the AT&T National Diving Championships.
BIG TEN POWER
Head swimming coach Ray Looze and head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber have directed the Hoosiers to six top-four Big Ten Championship finishes in the last seven seasons.
Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005, first in 2006, fourth in 2007 and second in 2008.
2009 BIG TEN RECAP
Led by performances from freshman Eric Ress and junior Aaron Opell, Indiana finished fifth overall at the 2009 Big Ten Championships with 449.5 points.
Ress broke a 200 backstroke age group record held by Michael Phelps, finishing second with a time of 1:41.35. That is the second fastest time in school history.
Doug Spraul finished second in the consolation heat and 10th overall with a lifetime best of 1:45.02, topping his old mark of 1:45.92 set in the prelims.
Opell picked up a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke with a lifetime best of 1:56.24, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Teammate A.J. Miller finished sixth with a time of 1:58.32. Tyler Lemert and Daniel Sliwinski tied for 17th as both posted a mark of 1:59.88 in the bonus heat. That was a personal best for Sliwinski.
Matt Lenton took sixth in the 100 free with a time of 43.62. Ante Zoricic finished 15th overall with a time of 44.07 in the consolation final. In the prelims, Lenton went a lifetime best 43.44 to finish second in his heat, while Titus Knight was fifth, also with a career-best time (44.27). Indiana had three swimmers in the consolation final of the 200 butterfly in Cody Weik, Tyler Shedron and Tony Mattar. Weik finished 10th with a time of 1:47.20. Mattar was 12th, improving his career best to 1:47.58. Shedron took the 15th spot with a time of 1:48.09.
Landon Marzullo posted a fourth-place finish on the platform, racking up 412.45 points in the finals. Senior Will Bohonyi wrapped up his Big Ten career with a seventh-place finish, scoring 359.75 points.
Robert and Jonathan Dohring both qualified for the consolation final with Robert totalling 334.15 points, good for 12th overall, and Jonathan 15th overall with 319.90 points. Freshman Linus Altman-Kurosaki actually qualified for the consolation finals with 279.25 points but opted not to participate, allowing Robert into the top 16.
In the 1650 freestyle, Bart Ginocchio's time of 15:11.76 was a personal best, cutting more than 12 seconds off his previous time, and was good enough for sixth place. Butler finished ninth in a career best 15:14.14, more than 20 seconds faster that his career best entering the meet. Steffan Troxel also had a career best with a time of 15:21.96, which was good for 12th.
In the 200 medley relay Ress, Lemert, Lenton and Bryan Chovanec placing fifth with a time of 1:26.65.
Ress finished second in the 100 back with a time of 47.38. Spraul took his turn in the bonus final where he finished 19th overall by touching the wall in 49.52.
Cody Weik and Brenden Butler represented Indiana in the championship final of the 400 individual medley, with Weik taking fifth in 3:49.20. Butler placed eighth in 3:53.74. Weik set a school record of 3:46.95 in the morning prelim.
Matthew O'Brien took 10th in the 100 butterfly (47.72). Miller took the 13th spot overall with a time of 47.92. Lenton was eighth in the heat and 16th overall in 48.84.
In the 200 freestyle, Knight placed fifth in the consolation heat and 13th overall with a time of 1:36.80. Barbiere finished second in the consolation heat and 18th overall with a time of 1:37.56.
Lemert took sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.10, just 4/100ths of a second off his career best. Swimming in the consolation heat, Heath Tameris picked up a point for IU with a 16th-place showing (55.41).
Altman-Kurosaki led the Hoosiers with a fifth-place finish on the three-meter springboard with a score of 409.65, topping his previous career best of 385.30 set in the morning prelims. Marzullo took seventh with a final score of 381.40. In the consolation final, Bohonyi finished 14th with a score of 310.90.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lenton, Ante Zoricic, Chovanec and Miller combined for a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:18.52.
In the 500 freestyle, Ress posted the fastest time by a Hoosier this year with a fifth-place time of 4:19.37.
Lenton took third in the 50 free with a time of 19.59. Zoricic was seventh overall with a time of 20.08 in the championship final. Chovanec placed sixth in the consolation heat and 14th overall with a time of 20.21.
On the one-meter springboard, Marzullo placed second with a score of 412.00. Altman-Kurosaki placed fifth with a lifetime-best score of 373.45.