October 30, 2001
Men's Swimming & Diving Preview Release
At The University of Michigan
Friday, November, 2, 2001, 6:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Indiana University Media Relations
Swimming Contact-Geoff Sherman
The Hoosiers open their 2001-02 Big Ten Conference campaign with a dual meet at the University of Michigan on Friday, November 2 at 6 p.m.
The Hoosiers and Wolverines' storied rivalry dates back to 1925 when the teams met and Michigan was victorious 49-19. The teams have come together 52 times with Michigan coming out on top 27-24-1.
The ten schools that have participated in the Big Ten Conference in its 92-year swimming history have less Big Ten titles combined than IU and UM have combined, 54-38.
Look for the rivalry to be just as intense as the Hoosiers look to exact revenge for the 132-110 loss the Wolverines inflicted in 2001.
For Meet Results
Complete meet results will be made available on the Web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing men's swimming & diving from the main menu. For more information contact Geoff Sherman or Laura Dewitz in the Media Relations office at (812) 855-9399.
Hoosiers Host Big Ten Championship
The 2001-02 season culminates in the Men's Big Ten Conference Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University will play host for the third time in five years. Last season, the Hoosiers finished 6th at the Big Ten meet scoring 284 points.
The venue also hosted last season's women's Big Ten Championship.
Bryant Breaks Out Against Evansville
Freshman Richard Bryant gave the Hoosiers scoring punch in the distance events at the season-opening meet against the University of Evansville.
Bryant, from Somerset, England, was victorious in both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events. His time of 9:30.72 was good enough to give him seventh-place on IU's all-time records list.
"I felt I did really well," said Bryant. "I do need to continue to improve, but I think that can be done quickly."
The Fall Season Ahead
IU comes back to the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center and looks to defend its Indiana Invitational title on November 16-18. The Hoosiers scored 1,037 points and have won three of the last five invites.
The Hoosiers conclude the fall season at the end of November when they travel to the U.S. Open in East Meadow, N.Y. on Nov. 29-Dec.1. IU alum Don Gold competed last season and had success in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.
Indiana then travels to Florida for its annual training trip from December 15-22. On December 18 the Hoosiers take on the University of Miami Hurricanes in a dual meet in Coral Gables, Fla.
Fourth Straight Season Opening Victory
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened this season the same as the last three, with a victory. The Hoosiers opened the year against Evansville and were victorious, 189-103.
The Hoosiers look to go to 2-0 for the first time since 1999 when the squad opened the season with a 4-0 mark.
An International Flavor
Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home.
Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America.
Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
About Head Coach Kris Kirchner
Kris Kirchner is in his 12th season as the Head Coach of the Indiana University men's swimming and diving team and has had a successful career.
In his 11 seasons the Hoosiers have finished in the top five of the Big Ten Championship nine times and narrowly missed his 10th last season placing sixth overall.
Kirchner began his career at the University of South Carolina and had success with the Gamecocks. In his five years, Kirchner led USC to five straight Southeastern Conference championships and never placed below 20th at NCAAs as the coach of the men's team.
As a swimmer, Kirchner was a member of the 1981 NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns and he won the 50 freestyle NCAA title and was a member of two relay national champions.
His career in swimming, both as sprinter and coach, has been a success and he is looking to further build on it.
Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university.
Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner.
"They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana."
Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.
Average Age: 19.1 years
The Hoosiers this season are a young squad. Head Coach Kris Kirchner has brought in 17 newcomers to the Hoosier team. The squad has only six sophomores, one junior and one senior so the team's average age is 19.1 years old.
"We are a young squad," said Kirchner. "But I wanted to see a team effort this season and so far that is exactly what I have gotten."
He also said that the team may be young, but the amount of potential he sees in this team is tremendous.
The Chase is Underway
On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly they could be in jeopardy.
Freshman Murph Halasz could be the name to end up replacing the most decorated Olympian in modern history.
"Murph is about one second away from the 200 fly record," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "I believe that by the end of the season he will break the 200 record and by the end of his career he will own both the 100 and 200 fly records."
Make it Eight Straight for Indiana Diving
Indiana diving is carrying on the long standing tradition of dynasties at Indiana University. In April, the squad won its seventh straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championship and in August the team set a precedent by winning its eighth straight title at the Outdoor Nationals.
"I really was not expecting the eighth," said Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I am really proud that we have won eight team championships because it shows that regardless of their individual goals, the divers recgonize the uniqueness of being a national team champion."
It's Official: Huber Declared Coach of Year
On Monday, October 29, 2001, Dr. Jeff Huber, Indiana Head Diving Coach, was officially named the U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time at the organization's annual convention.
"It is a great honor," said Huber. "I am happy to be awarded the honor and it is just a testament to our program and the divers. We are not just individuals, but we are a team."
In addition, Huber has been a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led Indiana diving to eight straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships.
Carlton To Lead Hoosiers into Ann Arbor
According to Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber, the Hoosiers are ready to compete in the dual meet at Michigan this weekend.
"We are ready," said Huber. "Adam is still coming off a wrist injury, but Alex Burns and Marc Carlton should give us some scoring punch in Ann Arbor."
Carlton is coming off competing at the Evansville meet in an exhibition capacity. Evansville did not compete in men's diving.
"Marc is ready for the championship season," said Huber. "He looks great and it is going to be great to see him dive in competition. He is our best scorer this season and he will lead the team this weekend."
About Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber
He has led IU to eight straight U.S. Diving National Championships, but the career of Dr. Jeff Huber is more than just those titles.
Huber has been named U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the last four years and only five people have been given that distinction. He has also been named Big Ten Coach of the Year on six different occasions and has coached numerous diving champions including two-time NCAA Champion Mark Lenzi.
His stint at IU has seen 24 All-Americans and 17 Big Ten champions including 2001 Big Ten one-meter champion Tom Davidson.
Indiana University diving has been a tradition since the days of Hobie Billingsley, but Dr. Jeff Huber has taken the tradition to a whole new level.
|Chatting with Coach K
Regarding this weekend's meet against the Wolverines of Michigan:
"Well, the Wolverines are a great team every season. They have had great distance swimmers in the past and this season should be no different. It will be a challenge for us because they have some of the fastest distance swimmers, but I think in the sprint events, although they do throw someone at us that is quick, that our depth will get us through. They contend every season for the Big Ten and NCAA titles, but it should be a great meet."
Regarding the progression of the team at this juncture of the season:
"We are pretty good in a lot of areas and we are a deep squad. In other areas we need some work, but overall I think that we have progressed quickly and it is great to see freshmen such as Richard Bryant maturing so quickly. We have a good team and I think we have at least one great swimmer in each event. We will just have to keep training and see when the championship season rolls around."
Regarding the swimming rivalry of the Wolverines and the Hoosiers:
"It is not really a rivalry. The teams are historically great considering Michigan and Indiana have more Big Ten titles (54) than the rest of the conference including the teams that have left. It is a testament to our conference being one of the toughest in the nation and the most competitive. We hope to continue our end of that tradition because we know that Michigan will."
|Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
Regarding the men's team and its progression to this point:
"Well, we are pretty solid overall, but Adam is coming off a wrist injury and has some more training to go. We continue to have technical things to work on, but I think that when the championships roll around in the spring we are going to be in good shape."
Regarding the meet this weekend at the University of Michigan:
"We have a good chance, but it is tough to win at Michigan. We are on the road and it is tough in any college sport to win on the road. We are going to have a good meet."
Regarding the divers and how they may fair this weekend:
"The team will be led by Marc Carlton. Marc is ready to compete at a high level. His training has been great and we are ready to see him compete. Adam Hazes is coming off an injury and is still getting back into diving regularly. Alex Burns should have a solid meet. His training and list of dives have shown potential and he should fair well in Michigan."