Oct. 30, 2008
No. 14 Indiana at No. 5 Michigan/vs. No. 1 Texas-Meet Notes
NO. 14 INDIANA VS. NO. 1 TEXAS/NO. 5 MICHIGAN
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2008
Ann Arbor, Mich.
SETTING THE SCENE
Coming off a 158-129 win over conference rival Northwestern, the Hoosiers will face their toughest test of the season as they take on No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Michigan at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
All three teams are undefeated so far this season, with this meet serving as Texas' first dual competition of the season.
Last year the meet was held in Bloomington with Indiana falling 181-119 to Texas, and 167-133 to Michigan.
Last year Michigan won the Big Ten title, with the Hoosiers finishing second.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers improved to 2-0 in dual meets this season with a decisive 158-129 win over Northwestern.
Aaron Opell led the way with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay.
Senior Matt Lenton was also a multiple winner with victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay.
Landon Marzullo kept his perfect record in tact with wins on the one-meter and three-meter springboard against the Wildcats.
The Hoosiers are relying heavily on a talented but young group of newcomers. Freshman Eric Ress has been solid for the Hoosiers in the middle distance freestyles, as well as the 200 backstroke.
Ress has been victorious in the 200 back in both dual meets this season and has finished in the top 3 in the 500 free both times this year.
Sophomore Titus Knight is working alongside Ress in the middle distance free events, while sophomore Cody Weik is making his presence known in the fly events.
A very young Indiana squad opened its season on a strong note with a dominating 189-108 win over Kentucky on Oct. 18.
The Hoosiers took first in all but three events, led by a record-setting performance from sophomore diver Landon Marzullo.
Marzullo took first in the one-meter, then came back to set a pool record with a score of 421.30 in the three-meter.
Sophomore Titus Knight was a double winner in the 200 free and 500 free, while freshman Eric Ress took top honors in the 1,000 free and 200 backstroke.
Veteran Aaron Opell showed he will be a force to reckon with after taking first in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Matthew O'Brien was the top finisher in the 100 butterfly, while Cody Weik took first in the 200 fly.
After a one-year layoff, Bryan Chovanec returned to swim a personal-best time of 20.11 in the 50 free, and sophomore Ante Zoricic set a personal mark with a time of 44.72 in the 100 free.
Senior Matt Lenton (relays), sophomore Ante Zoricic (relays) and sophomore Landon Marzullo (diving) are the only returning All-Americans.
Sophomore Kurt Bassett should be a force in the backstroke after taking gold in the 200 back at the World Youth Championships this past summer.
HOOSIERS SWEEP BIG TEN AWARDS
Helping to lead No. 14 Indiana to a 158-129 win over Northwestern on Oct. 24, junior swimmer Aaron Opell and sophomore diver Landon Marzullo were named the Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.
Marzullo took home the diving award for the second time in as many weeks after finishing first on both the one-meter and three-meter springboard. On the one meter, Marzullo tallied 352.30 points, nearly 33 points ahead of teammate Linus Altman-Kurosaki. He kept his perfect dual meet record in tact with a 73-point win on the three-meter springboard, finishing with 393.05 points.
Opell also completed a sweep of his individual events for the second consecutive weekend, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. Opell finished in a time of 57.17 in the 100 breast and picked up another nine points for the Hoosiers with a winning time of 2:04.71 in the 200 breaststroke, more than two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Alex Tyler of Northwestern. He capped off the day with a time of 3:57.94 in the 400 IM.