November 12, 2001
Men's Swimming & Diving Preview Release
Friday, November 16-18
Prelims: 10 a.m. Finals: 6 p.m.
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center
Indiana University Media Relations
Swimming Contact-Geoff Sherman
The Hoosiers continue their season when they host the annual Indiana Invitational on November 16-18 with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
The Hoosiers come in with an overall dual meet record of 1-1 and 0-1 in the Big Ten conference. The Hoosiers dominated the Evansville Purple Aces in their home opener, but lost a heartbreaker at the University of Michigan.
Indiana's opponents for this season's Invitational are the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, the Evansville Purple Aces and the Texas A&M Aggies along with the divers from Kentucky.
Friday and Saturday's times are above while Sunday's preliminaries get underway at 10 a.m. and finals are earlier, 3 p.m.
For Meet Results
Complete meet results will be made available on the Web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing men's swimming & diving from the main menu. For more information contact Geoff Sherman or Laura Dewitz in the Media Relations office at (812) 855-9399.
Scouting the Competition:
The Aggies of Texas A&M come to Bloomington for the first time. The Aggies are a member of the Big XII conference.
Texas A&M is undefeated in dual meet competition (2-0) this season. The team was also victorious in its first invitational defeating the Mustangs of SMU.
This is only the sixth time in IU's history that the Hoosiers take on a member of the Big XII conference.
The Cincinnati Bearcats make their 56th all-time appearance in Bloomington. The Hoosiers own a record of 51-4 all-time against Cincinnati.
Last season, IU and UC got together and the Hoosiers pulled out a 151-90 victory in January.
This will not be the only time IU will meet up with the Bearcats this season. The Hoosiers take on UC and Kentucky in a double dual meet in Lexington on February 2.
The final squad to compete in the men's competition are the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Evansville and IU got together to open the season and the Hoosiers were victorious, 189-103.
The Hoosiers have won all three meetings between the two squads.
Also attending the meet will be the divers from the University of Kentucky.
Hoosiers Host Big Ten Championship
The 2001-02 season culminates in the Men's Big Ten Conference Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University will play host for the third time in five years. Last season, the Hoosiers finished 6th at the Big Ten meet scoring 284 points.
The venue also hosted last season's women's Big Ten Championship.
Last Time Out: Michigan Upends Hoosiers
The Hoosiers last competition was on November 2 against the University of Michigan. IU was defeated by the Wolverines, 160.50-82.50, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
IU was led by junior David Schulze who was victorious in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 1:52.46. Schulze also competed in the 200 breaststroke and was the runner-up with a time of 2:05.00, also a season-best.
"David had a solid meet," said Kirchner. "He gave us a boost in the 200 IM and that gave us momentum, but we just could not sustain it. You have to give credit to David for racing to his potential in the 200 IM."
Freshmen Murph Halasz and Richard Bryant also set season-best times. Halasz set the 200 fly best with a time of 1:49.72. Bryant set the best in the mile with a time of 15:59.90. Bryant lowered the season-best time in the 500 free to 4:34.82.
On the diving side, sophomore Marc Carlton led the Hoosiers by earning a lifetime-best on the one-meter with a score of 319.95. He also had a score of 320.17 on the three-meter board. Carlton was named Big Ten Diver of the Week for his accomplishments.
"Marc had a great meet," said Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "He scored his lifetime best on the one-meter and that is great. We are many steps ahead of where we were last season and with continued improvement we will do much better."
Fourth Straight Season Opening Victory
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened this season the same as the last three, with a victory. The Hoosiers opened the year against Evansville and were victorious, 189-103.
The Hoosiers look to go to 2-0 for the first time since 1999 when the squad opened the season with a 4-0 mark.
The Fall Season Ahead
The Hoosiers conclude the fall season at the end of November when they travel to the U.S. Open in East Meadow, N.Y. on Nov. 29-Dec.1. IU alum Don Gold competed last season and had success in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.
Indiana then travels to Florida for its annual training trip from December 15-22. On December 18 the Hoosiers take on the University of Miami Hurricanes in a dual meet in Coral Gables, Fla.
An International Flavor
Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home.
Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America.
Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university.
Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner.
"They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana."
Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.
Average Age: 19.1 years
The Hoosiers this season are a young squad. Head Coach Kris Kirchner has brought in 17 newcomers to the Hoosier team. The squad has only six sophomores, one junior and one senior so the team's average age is 19.1 years old.
"We are a young squad," said Kirchner. "But I wanted to see a team effort this season and so far that is exactly what I have gotten."
He also said that the team may be young, but the amount of potential he sees in this team is tremendous.
The Chase is Underway
On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly they could be in jeopardy.
Freshman Murph Halasz could be the name to end up replacing the most decorated Olympian in modern history. He is just three seconds off the pace heading into the Invitational.
"Murph is about one second away from the 200 fly record," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "I believe that by the end of the season he will break the 200 record and by the end of his career he will own both the 100 and 200 fly records."
About Head Coach Kris Kirchner
Kris Kirchner is in his 12th season as the Head Coach of the Indiana University men's swimming and diving team and has had a successful career.
In his 11 seasons the Hoosiers have finished in the top five of the Big Ten Championship nine times and narrowly missed his 10th last season placing sixth overall.
Kirchner began his career at the University of South Carolina and had success with the Gamecocks. In his five years, Kirchner led USC to five straight Southeastern Conference championships and never placed below 20th at NCAAs as the coach of the men's team.
As a swimmer, Kirchner was a member of the 1981 NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns and he won the 50 freestyle NCAA title and was a member of two relay national champions.
His career in swimming, both as sprinter and coach, has been a success and he is looking to further build on it.
About Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber
He has led IU to eight straight U.S. Diving National Championships, but the career of Dr. Jeff Huber is more than just those titles.
Huber has been named U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the last four years and only five people have been given that distinction. He has also been named Big Ten Coach of the Year on six different occasions and has coached numerous diving champions including two-time NCAA Champion Mark Lenzi.
His stint at IU has seen 24 All-Americans and 17 Big Ten champions including 2001 Big Ten one-meter champion Tom Davidson.
Indiana University diving has been a tradition since the days of Hobie Billingsley, but Dr. Jeff Huber has taken the tradition to a whole new level.
Make it Eight Straight for Indiana Diving
Indiana diving is carrying on the long standing tradition of dynasties at Indiana University. In April, the squad won its seventh straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championship and in August the team set a precedent by winning its eighth straight title at the Outdoor Nationals.
"I really was not expecting the eighth," said Head Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "I am really proud that we have won eight team championships because it shows that regardless of their individual goals, the divers recognize the uniqueness of being a national team champion."
It's Official: Huber Declared Coach of Year
On Monday, October 29, 2001, Dr. Jeff Huber, Indiana Head Diving Coach, was officially named the U.S. Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time at the organization's annual convention.
"It is a great honor," said Huber. "I am happy to be awarded the honor and it is just a testament to our program and the divers. We are not just individuals, but we are a team."
In addition, Huber has been a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led Indiana diving to eight straight U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships.
Carlton Earned Diver of the Week Honor
The Big Ten Conference selected Indiana sophomore diver Marc Carlton as the Diver of the Week for the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2.
"This honor is well-deserved. He has improved so much from his freshman season," said Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber. "He is much further along than I thought he would be. Setting a personal best and doing as well as Marc did against Michigan is a great accomplishment for him and this shows that his performance was outstanding."
"It is a great honor," said Carlton. "I have been working extremely hard this season to get better and I have really taken off. It is great to see that all the hard work that I have put in has finally begun to pay off."
|Chatting with Coach K
Regarding the Indiana Invitational and the team's preparedness:
"We are definitely ready for the invite. We have worked out for nearly eight weeks and the team is ready to compete in an atmosphere similar to a championship such as the Big Ten. We are hosting this season and we would like to win in our home pool. This just gives the young guys a chance at that level and in that environment."
Regarding the squad's training and their growth so far this season:
"The team is coming together just like we want. They are right where we need them to be at this point in the season. They have worked hard and have given us 100 percent all season long. Our training will slow down heading into the Invite, but we will pick right back up next week."
Regarding the team and their readiness heading into the U.S. Open:
"We are ready. Don Gold has trained with us in preparation and we know he is ready, but some of our younger guys should be able to compete on that level. We are prepared to go in and compete at the highest level and earn a lot of respect."
|Thoughts from Dr. Jeff Huber
Regarding the men's team and its progression to this point:
"Well, we are pretty solid overall, but Adam is coming off a wrist injury and has some more training to go. We continue to have technical things to work on, but I think that when the championships roll around in the spring we are going to be in good shape."
Regarding the Invitational:
"This meet will give us the opportunity to see how we will fair in a championship environment. It will also give us a better opportunity to see where we stand against some stiffer competition."
Regarding the divers and how they may fair this weekend:
"The team will be led by Marc Carlton. Marc earned Diver of the Week and should have another great meet. With tower being dove, we should have a good overall meet. Adam is ready to dive and Alex is coming along quick, but we are preparing for the long road and the championship meets later in the season."