Hoosiers Drop Another Heartbreaker
November 8, 2003
Evanston, Ill.- For the second straight meet and third out of the last four, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team dropped a close matchup on the final relay. The Hoosiers fell to No. 22 Northwestern, 148-140, on Saturday afternoon. IU lost to No. 10 Wisconsin, 117-114, on Friday, and lost 117-112 to Kentucky to open up their road trip last weekend. Indiana is now 1-4 on the year and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
"Once again we were short-handed, but I was pleased with the team's overall effort," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "The meet came down to the final relay and unfortunately, we were not able to pull it out. Even though our record does not show it, we are really improving as the season goes on."
Junior Richard Bryant had an impressive meet, as he won three individual events for the Hoosiers. The Somerset, England native opened the meet up by winning the 100-yard freestyle, out-touching Northwestern's Brian Davis by .08 seconds in a time of 9:23.94. The time was a season-best for Bryant. He completed a difficult trifecta of events by winning the 500-yard freesyle (4:35.85) and the 400-yard individual medley (3:58.44).
"Richard Bryant was obviously the swimmer of the meet for us, with three individual victories in three very tough events," Looze said. "I was very pleased with the mental fortitude he showed, and how well he swam in the clutch."
Junior Ryan Fagan had another good meet for the Hoosiers as he won the one-meter and placed second on the three-meter. The team captain won three of the four springboard events in which he competed in this weekend. He won both events by over 100 points against Wisconsin on Friday night.
Junior Murph Halasz won the 200-yard butterfly for the third straight meet. He posted a time of 1:48.57. Halasz also led the way for IU placing second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.27.
Freshman Colin Russell and sophomore Kevin Swander each took second in two events for the Hoosiers. Russell placed second in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles, while Swander was second in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes. Both of Swander's times are season-bests and just short of career-bests. His 100 time of 56.75 was only .04 seconds short of his career best, while his 2:04.43 was only .17 seconds shy.
The Hoosiers return to the pool to host the Indiana Invitational. The Invite will be Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23. The preliminary session for each day will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the finals will start at 6:00 p.m. Pittsburgh, Missouri, Michigan State and Cincinnati will each take part in the Invite.
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