Hoosiers Hit the Road for Two Meets
October 29, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team hits the road for a pair of tough matchups over Halloween weekend. The Hoosiers first head to Lexington, Ky. to battle the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Lancaster Aquatic Center. Indiana then takes on No. 12 Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m in the UT Student Aquatic Center.
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Kentucky is 0-1 on the dual meet season after falling to Tennessee, 131-88. The Wildcats return four honorable mention All-Americans from a squad that placed 17th at the NCAA Championships. They return All-Americans Fernando Barros, Daniel Cruz, Daniel Farnham and Steven Manley. The Wildcats also took sixth at last season's SEC Championships.
The Volunteers opened up their 2003-04 dual meet season with a 131-88 victory at Kentucky. The Vols won nine of the 13 events on the way to victory.
Jevon Tarantino won both the one-meter (293.10) and three-meter (314.25) springboard events to lead UT. Raymond Rosal (50 free), Brad Boswell (1000 free), Casey Dauw (200 IM), Tyler Gustafson (100 free) and Jason Thomas (500 free) were also winners for Tennessee.
Tennessee features eight returning All-Americans (seniors Andrew Bree, Evan Fischer, Jamie Graves, Evan Nylander and Raymond Rosal, as well as Casey Dauw, Bryan Goldberg, Phillip Jones, and Jason Thomas). The Volunteers went 5-2 in dual meets last season. They finished fourth at the SEC Championships and 16th at the NCAA Championships. Tennessee has only lost twice (Georgia in 2003 and Texas in 1998) in the last six years at home.
Kentucky Last Season
The Hoosiers downed Kentucky at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Senior Night, 133-88. Indiana won eight of the 13 events against the Wildcats.
Sophomore Richard Bryant won both the 1,000- and 200-yard freestyle, while junior Claes Andersson was victorious in both the 50- and 100-yard free.
Sophomore Murph Halasz (200 butterfly) and junior Matt Leach (200 back) also captured individual events.
On the diving boards, junior Marc Carlton won the 3-Meter competition with a score of 379.13. Senior Adam Hazes turned in an excellent performance on platform, finishing second with a score of 311.33.
The Hoosiers are 11-1 all-time against the Wildcats with the lone loss coming in 2000. Indiana is 5-0 all-time at Kentucky. The matchup with the Volunteers will be the first dual meet between the two squads.
The Hoosiers have won eight of their last nine dual meets, including their last three. Indiana's last defeat came at No. 4 Michigan, 174.5-117, on Jan. 18, 2003.
Indiana has not lost a non-conference dual meet since Nov. 3, 2000, when the Hoosiers fell 150-92 against Kentucky. The win for the Wildcats was the first ever against the Hoosiers. IU has won six straight dual meets over non-conference opponents, including two over the Wildcats. Indiana's last home loss came against the Ohio State Buckeyes, 133-110, on January 12, 2002.
Meet of Firsts
The Hoosiers had a meet filled with first collegiate victories against Evansville. IU won 14 of 16 events in the meet in claiming a 164-116.
Freshman Colin Russell won three events in his first collegiate meet. Russell won the 50-yard and 1000-yard freestyles as well as the 100-yard breaststroke. For his efforts, Russell was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week to open the season. Fellow classmate Scott Tanner claimed the top time in the 100-yard butterfly.
Junior Ryan Fagan won both the one-meter and three-meter events to pick up his first collegiate victories. Fagan won both events by over 150 points and was named Big Ten Diver of the Week for his performance.
Junior Niles Madison picked up his first collegiate win against the Purple Aces. Madison won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.12.
Big Ten Swimmer of the Week
Freshman Colin Russell was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for his performance against Evansville. In his first collegiate meet, Russell captured three events to lead the Hoosiers to a 164-116 victory over Evansville. He won the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 1,000 freestyle. Russell's time of 9:32.73 in the 1,000-yard freestyle was the 10th-fastest time in school history.
Big Ten Diver of the Week
Junior Ryan Fagan was selected as Diver of the Week after winning both the one-meter (281.77) and three-meter (268.27) competitions in a dual meet with Evansville. Fagan easily won both of his events by over 150 points with scores of 281.77 on the one-meter and 268.27 on the three-meter. The victories were the first of his collegiate career.
Recapping the Evansville Meet
The Hoosiers opened up the year with a 164-116 victory over Evansville. IU knocked off the Purple Aces for the fourth straight season with the top times in 14 of the 16 events.
Leading the way for the men's team was freshman Colin Russell. Appearing in his first collegiate meet, the Barrie, Ontario, native claimed victories in three events. He won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:32.73 in addition to the 50-yard freestyle (21.48) and the 100-yard breaststroke (57.60).
Junior Richard Bryant added three victories as well. He posted a time of 1:56.30 in the 200-yard butterfly and a 1:43.80 in the 200-yard freestyle to win both of those events. He also claimed the top time in the 400 yard IM for the Hoosiers as well.
Junior Ryan Fagan won the one-meter and three-meter diving events by over 150 points. He won the one-meter with a score of 281.77 points and three-meter with a score of 268.27.
Junior Niles Madison picked up his first collegiate victory, winning the 200-yard breaststroke. His time of 2:08.12 was two seconds better than second-place Murph Halasz. The Hoosiers took the top four spots with Hank Baldwin coming in third and Dan Schrider in fourth.
Indiana claimed the top five times in the 500-yard freestyle, led by junior David Winck. Winck won the event over teammate Ryan McNeill with a time of 4:43.12. Freshman Jesse Cleaver was third for the Hoosiers.
Freshman Ben Fay recorded the fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly for Indiana. Senior Mike Payne won the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 46.04.
Indiana had the best time in both the 400-yard freestyle and medley relays. The team of senior Claes Andersson, Winck, Cleaver and freshman Kyle Ruth recorded the top freestyle time at 3:09.65, while sophomore Mike Jones, Baldwin, Halasz and Andersson had the top medley time at 3:28.00.
Recapping the Cream and Crimson Meet
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened up the 2003-04 campaign with the annual Cream and Crimson meet The Crimson team came away with the victory, 136-107, as they won eight of the 13 events on the day.
For the second straight season, juniors Murph Halasz and Richard Bryant led their respective teams with two individual victories. The two each won two events at the Cream and Crimson meet last season.
Halasz won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley for the Cream squad. In the 100 butterfly, the Richmond, Va., native won in an impressive early season time of 49.93. Halaz also won the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.49.
Bryant won the two distance events, the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle, for the Crimson team. The Somerset, England native won the 500 over freshman Colin Russell with a time of 4:43.36. Bryant went head to head with freshman Ryan McNeil of Cream for the entire 1000 freestyle. The two were in a dead heat at the midpoint of the event, but Bryant ended as the victor. McNeil's time of 9:48.05 was only 22 hundredths behind Bryant's 9:47.83.
Russell had an impressive swim in the 200-yard freestyle for the Cream. The Barrie, Ontario native finished first with a time of 1:41.63. Junior David Winck also turned in a good effort for the Crimson coming in second behind Russell at 1:42.96.
Seniors Mike Payne and Claes Andersson were the top two sprinters on the day. Payne won the 50-yard freestyle for the Cream. He out touched the Crimson's Andersson by four one-hundredths of a second. Payne's time was 20.89, while Andersson was 20.93. Andersson won the 100-yard freestyle and finished less than three tenths of a second ahead of Russell.
Sophomore Mike Jones won the only other individual event for the Crimson. Jones captured the victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.26.
The teams split the relays. The Cream won the 200-yard medley relay to start the meet. Senior Matt Leach, sophomore Hank Baldwin, Halasz and Payne won the event by almost a second over the Crimson team. The Crimson capped off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Winck, Andersson, Ruth and freshman Jesse Cleaver won with a time of 1:26.46.
The Hoosiers only return four seniors for the 2003-04 season. Claes Andersson, Adam Goff, Matt Leach and Mike Payne all return for their final seasons in Bloomington.
Andersson has been one of the best sprinters in the Big Ten over the last two seasons. He has placed third in each of the last two Big Ten Championships in the 50-yard freestyle. His career-best time of 19.93 ranks second all-time in the 50-yard freestyle. Andersson also took ninth in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2003 Big Ten Championships. He was the top Big Ten finisher in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships in 2003.
Leach had his best Big Ten Championships last season, as he advanced to the finals of both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events. He placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 48.18 in the 100 backstroke is the second fastest time in school history and is only one hundredth of a second off of the school record.
Payne took ninth in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships in 2003. His season-best time of 20.32 was good enough for an NCAA `B' cut time. Goff will provide the Hoosiers with depth at the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events.
Indiana head coach Ray Looze expects leadership and work ethic from his seniors. A lot is expected of the seniors with 16 freshmen on the team this season.
Seniors Matt Leach and Claes Andersson were selected as team captains for the 2003-04 season. Leach and Andersson both return as top swimmers in their respective events. Leach returns as the Hoosiers top backstroker, while Andersson is the Hoosiers' top freestyler.
In preparation for the Olympic Trials and World Championship trials, the Hoosiers' diving squad will redshirt four of its five returning divers from last season. In 2003, Indiana diving scored 185 points at the Big Ten Championships in helping the Hoosiers to a third-place finish.
A 2003 All-American, Marc Carlton heads the list of divers redshirting this season. In 2003, Carlton was the Big Ten Diver of the Year and co-Big Ten Diver of the Championships. He also earned All-America honors by placing in the top eight of the three-meter and 10-meter platform at the NCAA Championships. Carlton will focus on training for the Olympic Trials and World Championships before returning to collegiate action next season.
Brian Mariano will follow his teammate's lead and redshirt the 2003-04 season. Mariano will train for the World Championships as well. He and Carlton teamed over the summer and had very impressive performances in the synchro events. They placed second on the synchro three-meter at the Speedo National Diving Championships. At the World Championship Trials, the duo placed third on the synchro three-meter and fourth on the synchro platform.
With all the diving redshirts, junior Ryan Fagan is the only Hoosier diver that will compete collegiately in 2003-04. Fagan received the Jeff Warrick Award as the most improved diver in 2003.
Fagan scored on all three levels at the Big Ten Championships. He placed 12th on the one-meter, 10th on the three-meter and 15th on the 10-meter platform. Fagan capped off his season with a third-place finish on the three-meter at the NCAA Zone `C' Diving Championships. He was also an Academic All-America selection by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Hoosiers' roster for the 2003-04 season is dominated by freshmen. Of the 35 swimmers and divers on the roster, 16 are freshmen. The break down of freshmen by state is: four from Ohio, three from Indiana, two from California and one from each of Canada, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado and Massachusetts. The freshman class is comprised of 15 swimmers and one diver.
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