Nov. 16, 2006
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Date: Nov. 17-19, 2006 (prelims 9 a.m., finals 6 p.m.)
Meet: IU Open Invitational
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Facility: Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
Indiana's men's swimming and diving team will host its 11th annual IU Open Invitational at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Nov. 17-19. The Hoosiers welcome Louisville for both swimming and diving, Cincinnati for swimming, Kentucky, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Florida International, Purdue and Miami (Ohio) for diving, and several club teams and unattached performers to town for the three-day, unscored meet.
INDIANA IN THE CSCAA POLL
The Hoosiers are ranked 12th in the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll. Other Big Ten teams in the poll are Minnesota (6), Northwestern (7), Michigan (11), Ohio State (14) and Purdue (18).
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana suffered two losses on Nov. 3-4, falling to No. 3 Texas and No. 4 California in Austin, Texas. The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-1 Big Ten) dropped a 210-149 decision to the host Longhorns, and fell 202-157 to Cal. IU got wins from a trio of juniors on the weekend, as Ben Hesen took the 100-yard backstroke on Nov. 3, Pat Penoyar won the 200-yard backstroke on Nov. 4 and Taylor Roberts won the three-meter on Nov. 4.
For their efforts against Northwestern and Arizona State, juniors Ben Hesen and Taylor Roberts both earned weekly recognition. Hesen was named CollegeSwimming.com's National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1, while Roberts was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 31.
TO BE THE BEST ...
The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-1 Big Ten) have hardly shied away from tough competition this season. All five of Indiana's opponents thus far have been ranked inside the top 20 of the CSCAA Poll, while all three losses have come against top-10 teams. IU opened the season with a win over No. 18 Kentucky on Oct. 21, then fell to No. 8 Northwestern on Oct. 27. The Hoosiers rebounded with a win over No. 19 Arizona State the following day, then dropped a double dual against No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Cal on Nov. 3-4.
Junior Ben Hesen has posted the Hoosiers' lone NCAA cut early in the season. Hesen has already staked a claim to a spot at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, turning in an automatic qualifying time of 47.24 in the 100-yard backstroke against Northwestern on Oct. 21. Hesen earned his cut in spectacular fashion, swimming to a tie with two-time defending 100 back national champion Matt Grevers of Northwestern.
David Legler, Justin Montrie and Taylor Roberts have all surpassed NCAA Zone diving standards thus far on the season.
BACK ON TOP
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.
CLIMBING THE LADDER
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.
BIG TEN POWER
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.
HOOSIERS IN THE FINAL POLL
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.
GOOD ON YA, MATT
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.
BIG TEN HARDWARE
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 Pat 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.
Next up on the schedule for the Hoosiers is the U.S. Open from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in West Lafayette, Ind. After that, Indiana is idle until its annual training trip, which will take place in Tampa, Fla., from Dec. 16-23. The World Championship Selection Camp will be held in Indianapolis from Dec. 17-21. IU resumes collegiate competition with a meet at Ohio State on Jan. 6, 2007.