No. 24 Hoosiers Host Invite
November 19, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving programs will host the Indiana Invitational for the eighth-straight season at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Hoosiers return home after four road matches, including three against ranked opponents, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 22 Northwestern. Indiana owns a record of 1-4 overall in dual meets and 0-2 in the Big Ten. The men have lost three of their four meets on the final relay and three of those losses have also come to teams ranked in the top 25.
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The Invite field will consist of six teams, the No. 24 Hoosiers, No. 18 Pittsburgh, Missouri, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Evansville. Kentucky and the Air Force Academy will both be represented in the diving competitions.
The Invitational will be Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 23. The preliminary competitions will be at 9:00 a.m. all three days, while finals will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday Finals will be at 3:00 p.m. The diving portion of the Invitational will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all three days. The prelim portion of the Invitational will be swum in short course yards, while the finals session will be swum in short course meters. Relays as well as the 1650 freestyle will be swam in final heats only.
Indiana Diving will host the collegiate part of the Indiana Invitational as well as the Indiana Open this weekend.
Friday, Nov. 21
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
Friday, Nov. 21
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
Scouting the Field
The men's field consists of six teams, two of which are ranked in the top 25 (No. 24 Indiana and No. 18 Pittsburgh). Michigan State and Pittsburgh are the only two teams that enter the Invitational with .500 or better record. The Spartans enter at 2-2 on the year with victories over Notre Dame and Ball State. Pittsburgh enters 3-1 with its lone loss coming to current No. 13 Texas A&M. The Panthers also hold an impressive 134-103 victory over current No. 14 Washington.
Cincinnati enters the Invite with an 0-1 record, dropping its only dual meet at Oakland, 144-87. Missouri enters with a 1-2 mark. The Tigers, like Pittsburgh, lost to No. 13 Texas A&M. The Tigers own a 127-78 win over Truman State. Evansville comes into the Invite with a 1-5 record. The Purple Aces knocked off Butler, 151-72, to start the year. This will be Evansville's second trip to Bloomington as they lost to the Hoosiers on Oct. 18, 164-116.
Hoosiers in the National Quick 50 (as of Nov. 12)
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Medley Relay
Recapping Wisconsin and Northwestern
The Hoosiers dropped two heartbreaking matches against Big Ten foes' No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 22 Northwestern. Indiana dropped both meets on the final relay losing at Wisconsin 117-114 and at Northwestern 148-140.
In the final relay, the 400 freestyle, against Wisconsin, the Hoosier `A' relay of freshman Colin Russell, junior David Winck, senior Mike Payne and freshman Lee Houchin came in with a season-best time of 3:03.56, while the Badgers won the event in a pool record time of 2:59.62. The time was the second-fastest in the country this season.
Junior Ryan Fagan had a good weekend against Wisconsin and Northwestern as he won three of four diving events. He won both the one and three-meter springboards over 100 points against the Badgers. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the one-meter against Northwestern, while taking second on the three-meter.
Junior Richard Bryant had an impressive meet against Northwestern, as he won three individual events for the Hoosiers. The Somerset, England native opened the meet up by winning the 1000-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 9:23.94. He completed a difficult trifecta of events by winning the 500-yard freestyle (4:35.85) and the 400-yard individual medley (3:58.44).
Junior Murph Halasz won the 200-yard butterfly against both Wisconsin and Northwestern. In Madison, Halasz went 1:48.59, winning the event by nearly a second and setting a UW Natatorium Pool record.
Russell and sophomore Kevin Swander each took second in two events for the Hoosiers against the Wildcats. 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. Swander also won the 200 breaststroke against Wisconsin.
Freshman Ryan McNeill picked up his first collegiate victory in the meet against Wisconsin. He won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:37.15.
Indiana Invite Last Year
The Hoosiers led throughout the Indiana Invitational and claimed the championship with 1,149 points. Cincinnati was second with 968 points. The Indiana victory was highlighted by four individual champions and two relay titles.
Dave Schulze led the way for the Hoosiers as he won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events. He claimed the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.15, while winning the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:04.30.
The Indiana sprinters had a solid invitational as they placed four in the finals of the 50 freestyle and five in the finals of the 100 freestyle. Claes Andersson led the way winning the 50 freestyle and finishing third in the 100 freestyle. Dale Ramsy was second to his teammate in the 50 free, while also taking sixth in the 100 free. Mike Payne finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.
The sprinters continued their dominance with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay and a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Andersson, Ramsy, Payne and Nicolas Burgess swam the 200 championship, while Schulze joined Andersson, Ramsy and Payne on the 400 team.
Richard Bryant swam well in the middle distance and distance freestyles. The Somerset, England, native, won the 200-yard freestyle and also finished second in both the 500 and 1650 free.
The Hoosiers got a spark out of their medley relays during the Invitational as well. The 200 medley relay claimed the title with a time of 1:32.10. Officials ruled that a Clemson breaststroker was under water too long to give Indiana the win. The team was comprised of Andersson, Schulze, Halasz and Ramsy.
The 400 medley relay took second with a time of 3:24.20. The team of Leach, Schulze, Halasz and Andersson finished behind Clemson's `A' relay.
Despite, a 1-4 dual meet record, the Hoosiers could just as well be 4-1. In three of Indiana fours losses, the Hoosiers have lost the meet in the final relay. Indiana dropped a 119-112 meet at current No. 21 Kentucky. The Hoosiers then lost at then-No. 10 Wisconsin, 117-114, falling on the final 400-yard freestyle relay. On that relay, Wisconsin set the pool record and went what is currently ranked the second-fastest time in the country this season.
The Hoosiers lost in similar fashion to current No. 20 Northwestern, 148-140. The Hoosiers four losses have all come to teams ranked in the CSCAA's top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Kentucky).
Halasz Sets High Marks
Junior Murph Halasz topped the University of Wisconsin Natatorium pool record in the 200-yard butterfly on Nov. 7. The Richmond, Va., native won the event by nearly a second in a time of 1:48.59.
Although he set the UW pool record, Halasz has gone faster in the 200 butterfly this season. The school record holder in the 200 fly went 1:48.45 against the Kentucky Wildcats. The time currently ranks sixth in the country this season.
Strength of Schedule
The Hoosiers' dual meet schedule will be challenging in 2003-04. Of Indiana's 12 dual meet opponents, seven are currently ranked in the top 25 and one is receiving votes.
No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 13 Texas A&M are still left on the Hoosiers' schedule. Indiana has already swum against then-No. 10 Wisconsin, then-No. 12 Tennessee and then-No. 22 Northwestern. The Hoosiers also fell at Kentucky, who is currently ranked No. 21, but was not ranked when the Hoosiers faced them. Iowa is the lone Hoosier opponent that is in the receiving votes category.
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