Men's Swimming

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    Go Hoosiers! Todd Patrick picked up wins in three freestyle events and a relay against Kentucky on Oct. 21.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Todd Patrick picked up wins in three freestyle events and a relay against Kentucky on Oct. 21.
    Go Hoosiers!

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    Oct. 25, 2006

    Date: Oct. 27, 2006, 4 p.m.
    Opponent: Northwestern
    Date: Oct. 28, 2006,12 p.m.
    Opponent: Arizona State
    Location: Bloomington, Ind.
    Facility: Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center

    Indiana's men's swimming and diving team will open Big Ten action against No. 8 Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 27, then step out of conference to face No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 28. Both meets will take place at Indiana's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

    The Hoosiers are ranked 12th in the first Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll of the 2006-07 season. Indiana (1-0) finished last season ranked 11th in the poll. Other Big Ten teams in the poll are Northwestern (8), Minnesota (10), Michigan (11), Ohio State (13) and Purdue (23).

    The Wildcats (0-0) garnered the No. 8 spot in the opening CSCAA poll, their highest preseason rank in school history, after a 10th-place NCAA finish last season.

    Northwestern will be opening its season today against the Hoosiers. Indiana won last season's meeting in Evanston, Ill., 161-139, on Dec. 2, 2005. The Hoosiers have won two straight meetings against the Wildcats since a 148-140 setback in Evanston on Nov. 8, 2003.

    The Sun Devils open the season ranked 19th in the first CSCAA poll after a 14th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

    The Sun Devils opened their season on Friday, Oct. 20, with a 184-116 win over UNLV in Tempe, Ariz. ASU won 13 of the 16 events on the day. Junior CJ Nuess led the way for Arizona State, winning the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.04), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:03.82) and the 400-yard individual medley (3:55.63). The Sun Devils face Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27, before coming to Bloomington for the Oct. 28 matchup with the Hoosiers.

    Indiana topped Kentucky at home on Saturday, Oct. 21, winning 11 of the 16 events on the day en route to the 175-125 victory. Juniors Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick won three individual events each. Hesen picked up victories in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, while Patrick won the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Hesen and Patrick also helped the 400-yard medley relay unit to a win, with Hesen (backstroke) and Patrick (butterfly) teaming with Pat Penoyar (breaststroke) and Lee Houchin (freestyle) for the win to lead off the meet. Alex Brunfeldt swept the distance free events, taking the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle. Penoyar won the 200-yard breaststroke, while Steven Murry picked up Indiana's other win with his 200-yard individual medley victory.

    Twenty-one years after its last title, Indiana finally returned to the top of the heap in the Big Ten in 2006. IU led the Big Ten Championships from the first day of competition, eventually compiling 760.5 team points to run away with the team crown. The title was the 24th in program history, but the first since 1985. This year the Hoosiers will look to go back-to-back for the first time since IU won three straight from 1982-85. Indiana won an unprecedented 20 straight Big Ten titles from 1961-80.

    Indiana returns four All-Americans from a successful 2006 campaign. Swimmers Ben Hesen, Todd Patrick and Nick Walkotten and diver Taylor Roberts all come back for the 2007 season. Hesen finished tied for fourth in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2006 NCAA Championships to earn first team All-America distinction, while Roberts earned All-America status from the three-meter (first team) and the platform (honorable mention). Hesen and Patrick both earned honorable mention in both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay, while Walkotten earned honorable mention in the 400 medley relay and the 200-yard butterfly. In addition, senior Lee Houchin was an All-American in 2005, earning honorable mention in three different relays.

    Indiana's 12th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships was its highest since a 12th-place finish in 1989. The Hoosiers have improved their NCAA showing each year under head coach Ray Looze, starting with a 24th-place finish in 2003. IU finished 17th in 2004 and 16th in 2005.

    Looze has directed the Hoosiers to four top-four Big Ten finishes in as many seasons at the helm of the Indiana program. Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005 and first in 2006.

    Indiana finished the 2006 season ranked No. 11 in the CSCAA Top 25 Poll. Michigan (8) and Minnesota (9) were the only two Big Ten teams ranked ahead of the Hoosiers. Purdue (14), Northwestern (15), Ohio State (19) and Penn State (24) also appeared in the poll. The Big Ten led all conferences with seven teams in the final poll.

    Sophomore Matt Lenton claimed the 50-meter short course national title at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in August. The Perth native turned in a time of 22.14 for his first national championship.

    The Hoosiers came away from the 2006 Big Ten Championships with a good amount of hardware. Looze was named the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year, while Kevin Swander was tabbed Swimmer of the Championships. Brian Mariano was named Co-Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships, while Walkotten was named Freshman of the Year.

    The Hoosiers welcome 17 newcomers to the men's roster this season. Fifteen of them are freshmen, while junior Patrick Penoyar transferred in from Washington and Matt Lenton enrolled in January and is a sophomore athletically. Lenton will be eligible to compete starting in the second semester of this season.

    Under legendary Indiana head coach James `Doc' Counsilman and head diving coach Hobie Billingsley, the Hoosiers won six consecutive national titles from 1968 to 1973. Indiana has produced 206 different All-Americans, who have combined for 984 certificates. IU swimmers and divers have captured 79 individual NCAA titles.

    The Hoosiers will hit the road for their first competition outside of the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center, taking on California and Texas in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 3-4. Both teams are ranked inside the top 10, with Texas checking in at No. 4 and Cal landing at No. 6. The Longhorns finished fourth at the 2006 NCAA Championships, while the Golden Bears were sixth.




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