Oct. 23, 2008
No. 14 Indiana vs. Northwestern- Meet Notes | Live Results
NO. 14 INDIANA VS. NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 24, 2008
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center
Live Results: iu.iuhoosiers.com/swimmeet/102408
SETTING THE SCENE
Coming off a dominating performance against Kentucky, the Hoosiers face their first Big Ten test as they play host to Northwestern.
This is the season opener for the Wildcats. Last year NU finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships and 12th at the NCAA meet.
These two teams faced off in Evanston last year with Indiana posting a 167-127 win.
NEWS AND NOTES
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18 in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from sophomore diver Landon Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
Sophomore Titus Knight was a double winner in the 200 free and 500 free, while freshman Eric Ress took top honors in the 1,000 free and 200 backstroke.
Veteran Aaron Opell showed he will be a force to reckon with after taking first in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Matthew O'Brien was the top finisher in the 100 butterfly, while Cody Weik took first in the 200 fly.
After a one-year layoff, Bryan Chovanec returned to swim a personal-best time of 20.11 in the 50 free, and sophomore Ante Zoricic set a personal mark with a time of 44.72 in the 100 free.
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.
MARZULLO SHARES BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK AWARD
After a record-setting performance in last week's dual meet victory over Kentucky, sophomore Landon Marzullo is the co-Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference office announced on Oct. 21. He shares the honor with Purdue's David Boudia.
Marzullo started the day with a win on the one-meter springboard, taking the title with a score of 372.40. He then moved on to the three-meter competition where he set a new pool record by tallying 421.30 points for the victory. Marzullo is the reigning Big Ten champion on both the one-meter and three-meter.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America put out their preseason dual meet rankings on Oct. 16, and Indiana occupied the No. 14 spot.
Michigan is the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 5, followed by Minnesota (ninth), and Ohio State (11th).
Trailing the Hoosiers are No. 15 Penn State and No. 16 Purdue.
Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa are in the receiving votes category.
Indiana was No. 6 in the final 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.