Hoosiers' Gamble Pays Off
November 1, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team picked up a hard fought 162-138 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. With the win the Hoosiers improve to 3-0 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten dual meets.
"We beat a team we were suppose to beat today, and we had to do it under adverse conditions," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze, Jr. said. "Our top sprinters was out of the meet and arguably our best swimmer Claes Andersson. He fell of his bike and cut his chin and it needed 12 stitches. We were mentally ready for this meet. I think more things were better than the previous time we swam. I am very proud of the way our guys performed today, they met the challenge and came away with a win."
Indiana used an early gamble to take an early advantage. The Hoosiers took sophomore Richard Bryant out of one of his traditional events the 1000 free and put him in the 200 free. In his place, Indiana had freshman Mike Jones and sophomore Temujin Gold. The gamble paid off as Gold won the 100 free with a personal best time of 9:40.37. Jones came in seven seconds later to claim fourth place.
Bryant did his part to make the gamble work as well. The Somerset, England native won the 200 free with a time of 1:42.22. Sophomores David Winck and Brian Ellsworth came in second and fourth respectively with times of 1:43.28 and 1:44.13.
Iowa closed the by going 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, but Indiana solidified its advantage with a 1-2-4 performance in the 50 free. Juniors Dale Ramsy and Mike Payne went 1-2 with times of 20.99 and 21.03 respectively. Sophomore Nicolas Burgess came in fourth with a time of 21.33.
In diving, freshman Brian Mariano placed second on the one-meter with a score of 268.05. Junior Marc Carlton was right behind him with 266.03. Carlton though came back to win the three-meter 305.70. Redshirt freshman Ryan Fagan was fourth on three-meter with 270.98.
"I was very disappointed," head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "We could look a lot better. I was a little surprised; we didn't quite dive up to our potential. I am not trying to make any excuses, but it was a long week. I really beat them up yesterday on platform. We had some guys that were pretty sore and tired, but I still think under those conditions, we could dive better. We had a few bright moments, but we need to have more."
Senior captain Dave Schulze came up big for the Hoosiers on the night. Schulze was a quadruple winner on the evening claiming wins in the 100 and 200 breasts, the 200 individual medley and swam the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay.
Bryant also picked up the victory in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.86. Ellsworth continued helping the Hoosier out with depth coming in third with a season best time of 4:45.86.
Looze praised the efforts of sophomore Niles Madison, Ellsworth, and freshman Mike Jones for adding the much-needed depth against the Hawkeyes. Madison finished fourth in the 200 backstroke and fifth in the 100 backstroke event.
Junior Matt Leach and sophomore Murph Halasz were each double winners for IU against the Hawkeyes. Leach won the 200 backstroke event and swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay. Halasz was also a part of the 200 medley relay and won the 200 butterfly with a season best time of 1:48.72.
The Hoosiers will return to the pool next Saturday when they host the 20th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. The meet will be at 1:00 p.m. and will be a coed meet with the women's swimming and diving team.
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