October 25, 2002
Bloomington, IN - Bloomington, Ind. -The Indiana men's swimming and diving team continued their winning ways on Friday at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center winning 12 of the 13 events over Michigan State. The Hoosiers (2-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (0-1 overall, 0-1 Big Ten), 129-104.
"We are making progress," said head swimming coach Ray Looze, Jr. "We had a team meeting with the dives before the meet, and if we are going to return to our past, we have to dominate a team like this. They had some very good swimmers especially some incoming freshmen. I laid out a goal to the swimmers and the divers, 'I want to win every race,' and we really didn't have any business winning every race. I think we lost one."
Head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber was disappointed in the divers performance on the three-meter, but liked what he saw on the one-meter.
" I thought our guys really had it going and was much better on one-meter," Huber said. "On three-meter, it is back to the basics on Monday. We did a few good things, but we definitely could look a lot better on three-meter. We have an enormous amount of talent, it is just my responsibility to bring it all out and let it flourish."
The Hoosiers came out firing on all cylinders as they took one and two in the 400 medley relay. The IU team of juniors Matt Leach and Dale Ramsy, senior Dave Schulze, and sophomore Murph Halasz took first with a time of 3:22.90. The Hoosiers B relay consisting of sophomores Nicolas and Jonathon Burgess and freshmen Mike Jones and Hank Baldwin out touched the Spartans A relay for second place. The B relay's time was 3.29.43.
Junior Alex Burns shattered his one-meter career best by nearly 50 points coming in with a 321.23 to take first in the event. The score of 321.23 is enough to qualify Burns for the NCAA Zones.
"Alex probably had the best performance on one meter, He smashed his personal best by 50. If you can get a five-point increase on your dive score, that is really good. We have been waiting for him to drive up like that, he can do that one three meter."
Burns echoed his coach's sentiment. "I feel great, I was pumped up after my one-meter. My three-meter could have gone a little bit better. As far as my one-meter goes, it was the best meet of my life. I definitely feel like I have progressed a lot more. On one-meter, I am kind of seeing this a lot better, and things are just starting to come through for me."
The Hoosiers really flexed their muscles in the 50 freestyle event. Indiana juniors Claes Andersson, Dale Ramsy and Mike Payne, and sophomore Nicolas Burgess combined to go 1-2-3-4 in the event. Andersson won the event going 20.64; Ramsy was second at 20.85, Payne third at 21.20 and Burgess fourth with 21.45. Andersson returned to the Hoosier line-up after missing last weekend with an injury to his bicep.
"Well, I am just happy to be in the pool and race again," Anderson said. "I think I did alright, I am faster than last year at this point. I am quite happy."
Sophomore Richard Bryant won both distance events for the Hoosiers. The Somerset, England native won the 1000 free with a time of 9:29.26, and the 500 free by 10 seconds over teammate sophomore Temujin Gold. Bryant came in with a time of 4:34.20, while Gold finished second with a time of 4:44.25.
Sophomore Murph Halasz notched two more victories on Friday by winning the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley events. Halasz, the school record holder in the 200 butterfly, went 1:50.19 in the event to out distance his opponent by nearly six seconds. The Richmond, Va. native's time in the 200 IM was 1:54.40.
Junior All-American Marc Carlton picked the win on the three-meter springboard. Carlton won the event with a score of 342.45. Senior Adam Hazes was second with 301.95.
Much like the 50 free, Indiana was strong in the 100 free as well. Payne won the event with a time of 46.48, while fellow classmate Andersson finished second at 46.71.
Junior Matt Leach, freshman Mike Jones and sophomore Niles Madison went 1-2-3 in the 200 backstroke. Leach victorious time was 1:52.16 followed by Jones' 1:53.85.
Dave Schulze continued to dominate the breaststroke events for the Hoosiers. Schulze won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.67.
The Hoosiers finished the meet off the same way they started it, by going 1-2 in the final relay. The Indiana 'A' 400 free relay won with a time of 3:05.81, while Indiana 'B' finished second at 3:07.72. The 'A' team consisted of Burgess, Payne, Andersson and Ramsy. The 'B' was made up of sophomores David Winck and Val Milkov, junior Adam Goff and freshman Blake Wallace.
Indiana will again continue its four-meet home stand next weekend when they battle the Hawkeyes of Iowa. The meet is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, and will have a 5:00 p.m. start time. The Hoosiers beat the Hawkeyes last season in Iowa City, 169-130.