Indiana's Ben Hesen Named National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week
Nov. 1, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After winning six events in eight tries, Indiana junior Ben Hesen has been named the National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com, the Web site announced Nov. 1.
Hesen had a hand in six of the Hoosiers' 14 swimming event wins on the week as IU faced two ranked opponents, falling to No. 8 Northwestern on Oct. 27, 163.5-136.5, and topping No. 19 Arizona State on Oct. 28, 156-132.
The highlight of Hesen's week was the highly anticipated 100-yard backstroke against Northwestern, which pitted the Jeffersonville, Ind., junior against the Wildcats' two-time defending national champion in the event, Matt Grevers. Hesen didn't disappoint, swimming to an NCAA "A" cut time of 47.24 and tying Grevers for first place. Hesen's time was the sixth-fastest in school history, giving him nine of the top 10 all-time Hoosier times.
Hesen also won the 200-yard backstroke against Northwestern and recorded second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and 100-yard butterfly. He then picked up wins in the 200 medley relay, 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly against the Sun Devils the following day.
The national award is the second of Hesen's career, and comes exactly two years to the day after his first CollegeSwimming.com weekly honor.
"Ben Hesen swam one of the more exciting races I've seen as a college coach against Matt Grevers of Northwestern," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said. "And for the them to tie is almost fitting. Ben definitely cemented himself as a national title contender in his own right, because Matt Grevers has won the last two. So, obviously the road leads through him. We were really proud of him, that's the first time he's either tied or beaten Matt."
The Hoosiers (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) return to action on Friday, Nov. 3, in the first day of a two-day meet against No. 4 Texas and No. 6 California in Austin, Texas.
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