IU Drops Heartbreaker in Madison
November 7, 2003
Madison, Wis. - The No. 21 Indiana men's swimming and diving team lost a heartbreaking meet, 117-114, to No. 10 Wisconsin at the UW Natatorium on Friday night. Indiana entered the final relay with a slim two-point lead at 108-106, but the Wisconsin 400-yard freestyle relay set a new pool record with a time of 2:59.62. The Hoosiers are now 1-3 on the year and 0-1 in the Big Ten.
"It really was a barn burner," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "I was really pleased with the guys effort tonight. We were dealt a blow before the meet, when we found out Clas (Andersson) couldn't swim, but we got a good effort and came close to upsetting the No. 10 team. Our depth is really starting to serve us well."
Junior Ryan Fagan won both the one and three-meter springboards for the Hoosiers. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won both events by over 100 points. Fagan won the one-meter with a score of 261.00 and the three-meter with 285.08 points.
"Ryan definitely had some bright moments," Indiana head diving coach Jeff Huber said. "It was really nice to see the improvement in the areas we have been working on in practice."
In the 200-yard butterfly, junior Murph Halasz put up another impressive time to claim the win. The school record holder went 1:48.59 to better the second-place finisher by nearly a second. The time was not only one of the top three times in the country this season, but a UW Natatorium pool record. Indiana also garnered valuable points in the event with freshmen Matt Jensen, Jesse Cleaver and Ryan McNeill coming in third, fourth and fifth places, respectively.
"It really was a special swim for Murph," Looze said. "He set a pool record, which is not an easy task with the competition that comes in and out of these pools around the conference. He set the guy up and really finished him off in the last 50."
McNeill picked up his first collegiate victory earlier in the meet as he won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:37.15. Junior Richard Bryant came in behind McNeil in second with a time of 9:39.99.
Bryant completed a difficult meet by leading a quartet of Hoosier scorers in the 400-yard individual medley. The Somerset, England, native was out-touched by .06 seconds, coming in second with a season-best time of 3:57.47. Sophomore Mike Jones, Jensen, and junior Niles Madison rounded out the Hoosier contingent in the event, taking third through fifth.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Colin Russell and Bryant led the way, placing second and third, respectively. Russell came in at 4:35.89, while Bryant's time was 4:29.93. Russell also went a season-best 1:40.26 in the 200-yard freestyle, placing third.
Senior Mike Payne led the Hoosier sprinters as he took second in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. The Bedford North Lawrence product went 21.13 in the 50 and 46.73 in the 100. Indiana was without senior captain Claes Andersson, who missed the meet with an injury.
Sophomore Kevin Swander and junior Niles Madison continued Indiana's strong performances in the 200-yard breaststroke as the duo went 1-2. It marked the third straight meet the two Hoosiers have gone 1-2 in the event. Swander went a season-best 2:04.98, while Madison came in at 2:08.93.
Indiana continues its grueling schedule tomorrow when it battles No. 22 Northwestern in Evanston. The meet is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and is the third straight in which the Hoosiers have battled a team ranked in the top 25.
"This difficult schedule is really starting to pay off for us," Looze said. "I scheduled it so difficult to help prepare us for Big Tens and NCAA's later in the year."
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