Men's Swimming

    Hoosier Men to Face No. 4 Texas and No. 6 California This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! John Kevin Koehler and the Hoosiers will face two top-10 teams in Texas.
    Go Hoosiers!
    John Kevin Koehler and the Hoosiers will face two top-10 teams in Texas.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 2, 2006

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    Date: Nov. 3-4, 2006
    Opponents: No. 4 Texas, No. 6 Cal
    Location: Austin, Texas
    Facility: Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center

    Indiana's men's swimming and diving team (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will face some stiff competition this weekend in No. 4 Texas and No. 6 California in a two-day meet at Texas. The meet is Swimming World's Meet of the Week.

    The No. 4 Longhorns will be competing in their first dual meet of the season against the Hoosiers and Golden Bears. Texas opened its season in Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 13, winning the Big 12 Relays, a meet that featured Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri competing in various non-traditional relays. The Longhorns won the meet with 119 team points, while the Aggies had 91 and Missouri had 74. Texas won 13 of the 16 relays.

    Texas returns 11 All-Americans from last season's squad, which finished fourth at the NCAA Championships. The Longhorns are led by senior Garrett Weber-Gale, who earned first team All-America distinction in six events last year, and captured the NCAA title in the 100-yard freestyle.

    No. 6 California downed Pacific to open its season on Oct. 13, then topped Cal State Bakersfield on Oct. 28 in a meet that featured non-traditional events such as the 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard individual medley.

    The Golden Bears return 10 All-Americans from last year's team, which finished sixth at the NCAA meet.

    Indiana earned a split against a pair of ranked teams last weekend, falling to No. 8 Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 27, 163.5-136.5, and topping No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 156-132.

    The Hoosiers picked up six wins against the Wildcats, with juniors Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts leading the way with two wins each. Hesen swept the backstroke events, tying two-time defending NCAA champion Matt Grevers of Northwestern in the 100-yard backstroke with an NCAA "A" cut time of 47.24. Roberts swept both springboard events, winning the one-meter by more than 70 points.

    Against the Sun Devils, Indiana picked up 11 event wins, with Hesen, Roberts, Todd Patrick, Pat Penoyar and Nick Walkotten accounted for all 11.

    For their efforts against Northwestern and Arizona State, Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts both earned weekly recognition. Hesen was named's National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1, while Roberts was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 31.

    The Hoosiers are ranked 12th in the first Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll of the 2006-07 season. Indiana finished last season ranked 11th in the poll. Other Big Ten teams in the poll are Northwestern (8), Minnesota (10), Michigan (11), Ohio State (13) and Purdue (23). All three of the Hoosiers' opponents thus far this season have been ranked in the top 25.

    Twenty-one years after its last title, Indiana finally returned to the top of the heap in the Big Ten in 2006. IU led the Big Ten Championships from the first day of competition, eventually compiling 760.5 team points to run away with the team crown. The title was the 24th in program history, but the first since 1985. This year the Hoosiers will look to go back-to-back for the first time since IU won three straight from 1982-85. Indiana won an unprecedented 20 straight Big Ten titles from 1961-80.

    Indiana returns four All-Americans from a successful 2006 campaign. Swimmers Ben Hesen, Todd Patrick and Nick Walkotten and diver Taylor Roberts all come back for the 2007 season. Hesen finished tied for fourth in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2006 NCAA Championships to earn first team All-America distinction, while Roberts earned All-America status from the three-meter (first team) and the platform (honorable mention). Hesen and Patrick both earned honorable mention in both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay, while Walkotten earned honorable mention in the 400 medley relay and the 200-yard butterfly. In addition, senior Lee Houchin was an All-American in 2005, earning honorable mention in three different relays.

    Indiana's 12th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships was its highest since a 12th-place finish in 1989. The Hoosiers have improved their NCAA showing each year under head coach Ray Looze, starting with a 24th-place finish in 2003. IU finished 17th in 2004 and 16th in 2005.

    Looze has directed the Hoosiers to four top-four Big Ten finishes in as many seasons at the helm of the Indiana program. Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005 and first in 2006.

    Indiana finished the 2006 season ranked No. 11 in the CSCAA Top 25 Poll. Michigan (8) and Minnesota (9) were the only two Big Ten teams ranked ahead of the Hoosiers. Purdue (14), Northwestern (15), Ohio State (19) and Penn State (24) also appeared in the poll. The Big Ten led all conferences with seven teams in the final poll.

    Sophomore Matt Lenton claimed the 50-meter short course national title at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships in August. The Perth native turned in a time of 22.14 for his first national championship.

    The Hoosiers came away from the 2006 Big Ten Championships with a good amount of hardware. Looze was named the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year, while Kevin Swander was tabbed Swimmer of the Championships. Brian Mariano was named Co-Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships, while Walkotten was named Freshman of the Year.

    The Hoosiers welcome 17 newcomers to the men's roster this season. Fifteen of them are freshmen, while junior Patrick Penoyar transferred in from Washington and Matt Lenton enrolled in January and is a sophomore athletically. Lenton will be eligible to compete starting in the second semester of this season.

    Indiana returns to action Nov. 17-19, when it will host its annual IU Open Invitational at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.




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