Oct. 28, 2009
Indiana at Texas- Meet Notes
INDIANA AT TEXAS
Oct. 30, 2009 - 4 p.m. ET
Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will travel to Austin, Texas to take on Texas in a dual meet.
The men's meet will take place at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 30, with the exception of the platform diving competition. That will run on Oct. 31 at noon.
Indiana is coming off a 167-131 win at Northwestern last Friday.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern.
Junior Titus Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers poted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Doug Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Zac Nees won his first collegiat title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
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.
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.
Led by triple-individual winner Titus Knight and a team victory in the 200 free relay, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened the 2009-10 season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
"This win kind of surprised me," said head coach Ray Looze. "We had every excuse to lose, with guys hurt, ill or redshirting, but I was pleased with how our guys fought back and some people that had not been counted on in areas contributed.
"There are a couple of guys I would like to get going a bit better. It all comes down to preparation. If we can get everyone training at a high level and healthy, then we are going to be a much better team."
The 200-medley relay team of Mark Wetzel, Brenden Butler, Doug Spraul and Bryan Chovanec placed second with a time of 1:36.18. Indiana's B team, comprised of Kevin Happ, Ryan Hinshaw, Bader Al-Muhana and Sean Ransenberg took fourth (1:36.37).
Hinshaw placed second in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:30.65. Sophomore John Schnittker was fourth (9:43.19), with freshman Alex Kotliarsky fifth (9:44.24), sophomore Andrew Taylor sixth (9:46.38) and junior Bart Ginocchio eighth (9:50.54).
Trailing 23-13, Indiana made its move in the 200 freestyle, posting a 1-2-3-4 finish. Junior Titus Knight took first in 1:39.30, with sophomore Tyler Shedron second (1:42.15), freshman Bryant Honsa third (1:43.12) and redshirt freshman Austin Steel fourth (1:44.24).
"Titus really stood out tonight," Looze said.
Indiana extended its lead after going 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, led by a first-place finish from Spraul (50.11). Junior Ante Zoricic was second (50.81), with Happ third (52.25). Wetzel finished sixth (55.47).
"Doug's backstrokes were outstanding," Looze said. "He had to do that for us tonight and he has never played that kind of a role. He had a little bit of a breakthrough there."
The Hoosiers saw their 16-point lead cut to five at 49-44 after the 100 breaststroke, where Butler led the way with a third-place finish (59.10). Taylor was sixth (1:03.35), senior Christopher Head seventh (1:07.29) and freshman Ryan Downey eighth (1:09.37).
Shedron placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.78, followed by senior Tim Blue in fourth (1:52.93), sophomore Jon Hueni in sixth (1:53.91) and Honsa seventh (1:57.99). That put Indiana just two points ahead of Northwestern at 57-55.
Indiana went 1-2 in the 50 free as Chovanec won the race in 20.81. Zoricic was second in 20.96, with Ransenberg fifth (21.80) and Wetzel sixth (22.15). The finish gave the Hoosiers a 69-62 lead.
Knight earned his second win of the evening with a time of 45.44 in the 100 free. Zoricic was second in 46.15, followed by Chovanec in sixth (47.79) and Ransenberg seventh (48.76).
Spraul made it a clean sweep of the backstroke events with a time of 1:49.61 in the 200 back. Happ was third (1:55.01), with Blue fourth (1:56.59) and Steel sixth (1:58.42). That race put the Hoosiers on top, 105-82.
Freshman Casey Johnson led the Hoosiers in the 3-meter springboard competition with a second-place finish of 285.38. Fellow newcomer Zac Nees was third (264.30) and Mick Dell'Orco fourth (226.73).
In the 1-meter competition, Nees picked up his first collegiate win with a score of 264.50, while Dell'Orco was second (255.90) and Johnson third (252.60).
Butler took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.58), with Hinshaw sixth (2:16.80), Taylor seventh (2:21.06) and Head eighth (2:28.37).
Knight's third win of the night came in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:31.12. Shedron was third (4:40.56), Honsa fifth (2:42.73) and Schnittker sixth (4:47.42). Competing in an exhibition heat, Kotliarsky posted a time of 4:47.76.
Blue took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.66, followed by Bader Al-Muhana in third at 51.49. Hueni was fourth (51.53) and Spraul fifth (52.21). Freshman Daniel Kanorr swam an exhibition time of 55.65.
The individual events concluded with the 400 individual medley, as Butler took second with a time of 4:09.00. Happ was fourth in 4:09.31, with Steel sixth (4:14.53) and Hinshaw seventh (4:15.54).
Indiana's 200 free relay team of Chovanec, Zoricic, Wetzel and Knight capped the meet with a first-place finish (1:22.60), while the B team of Ransenberg, Shedron, Kanorr and Honsa took third (1:26.39).
KNIGHT NAMED BIG TEN SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
After picking up three individual victories in a dual meet win at Northwestern, junior Titus Knight was named the Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Knight's three wins helped lead Indiana to a 167-131 dual meet victory at Northwestern to open the 2009-10 campaign. He touched the wall first in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.30. Knight added a second win with a time of 45.44 in the 100 free, and finished with a winning time of 4:31.12 in the 500 free. Knight closed the meet by anchoring the winning 200 free relay team to a time of 1:22.60.