Nov. 19, 2009
Hoosierland Invitational- Meet Notes
Nov. 20-22, 2009
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
Participating Teams: Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Indiana
Times: Prelim sessions will begin each day at 9 a.m., with diving slated to start at 10 a.m. The evening final sessions will begin at 6 p.m. each day.
Schedule of Events:
200 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay
Women's 3M/Men's 1M (will run simultaneously)
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay
Women's 1M/Men's 3M (will run simultaneously)
400 Free Relay
Women's/Men's Platform (will run combined)
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana will play host to the annual Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
Indiana will face swimmers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, as well as individual competitors.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers are coming off a three-week break after a 179-149 loss at Texas on Oct. 30.
Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Freshman Casey Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Doug Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Zac Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Junior Matthew O'Brien is one of the top returning butterfliers after taking 10th in the 100 fly at Big Tens last season.
Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
Newcomers who should make an immediate impact include junior transfer Ilya Larin in the middle distance free events, a junior Zack Stockman who was a junior college All-American.
There are a plethora of new faces in the diving well, as freshman Mick Dell'Orco and Casey Johnson look to make an immediate impact on the program.
Senior David Piercy is the only returning upperclassman, while sophomore Linus Altman-Kurosaki will re-join the team after the winter break after placing fifth on the three-meter springboard at Big Tens a year ago and competing at the NCAA Championships.
HOOSIERS RANKED 18th IN DUAL MEET POLL
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team is ranked 18th in the inaugural College Swim Coaches Association of America Division I coaches poll.
A toal of six Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 7 Michigan. Minnesota is No. 11, followed by No. 14 Ohio State, No. 16 Purdue, the Hoosiers and No. 25 Penn State.
Texas, whom the Hoosier swam on Oct. 30, is the top-ranked team, followed by Stanford and California.
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team traveled south to take on one of the top programs in the nation but came up just short in a dual meet loss to Texas on Oct. 30 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Friday's competition ended with a score of 170-140 in favor of the Longhorns. One men's event will be contested on Saturday as the team's will compete in platform diving. Those scores will be added to the final point tally.
Doug Spraul, Aaron Opell, Tyler Shedron and Bryan Chovanec took third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.11. Zack Stockman, Brenden Butler, Daniel Kanorr and Mark Wetzel were sixth (1:37.14), while Kevin Happ, Sam Trahin, Jon Hueni and Sean Ransenberg were seventh (1:37.58).
Ryan Hinshaw touched the wall second in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:53.77. John Schnittker was fourth (16:13.37), while Bart Ginocchio placed fifth (16:17.07) and Alex Kotliarsky sixth (16:25.20).
Titus Knight continued his win streak in the 200 free with an NCAA B cut of 1:37.91. Austin Steel was fifth (1:45.20), and Hueni seventh (1:46.30). Knight also took second in the 100 free (45.24), with Ante Zoricic eighth (46.71) and Kanorr 10th (48.75).
In the 500 free, Knight touched the wall second in 4:33.13, while Tyler Shedron was third (4:34.95), Hinshaw fifth (4:37.09) and Kotliarsky seventh (4:43.05). In addition, Ginocchio took ninth (4:48.27) and Schnittker 11th (4:55.01).
Spraul won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.69, with Happ fifth (1:54.82), Stockman sixth (1:57.89) and Steel seventh (1:59.02). Spraul also took third in the 100 back (50.32), with Zoricic fourth (51.31), Happ seventh (52.52) and Zack Stockman eighth (52.68).
In the 100 butterfly it was Spraul touching the wall in 51.43. Hueni followed in 51.89, along with Kanorr (54.88).
Opell won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:01.90, while Butler was fourth (2:07.38) and Trahin sixth (2:14.98). In the 100 breaststroke, Butler was fifth (58.87), while Zoricic took third in the 50 free (21.14), with Chovanec fourth (21.24). Wetzel (6th- 21.82) and Ransenberg (7th- 22.02) also competed.
Opell led the Hoosiers with a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley, touching the wall in 1:52.75. Steel was seventh (1:58.90), with Trahin eighth (2:00.97).
Senior David Piercy led the diving contingent in the 3-meter springboard, placing third with a score of 338.70. Zac Nees was fifth (300.68), followed by Casey Johnson (6th- 274.51) and Mick Dell'Orco (7th- 232.73). Piercy also took second in the 1-meter competition (331.20), with Nees third (318.90), Dell'Orco fifth (272.55) and Johnson sixth (264.98).
Shedron touched the wall second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.57. Hueni took fourth in 1:56.43. In the 400 individual medley, Butler led the Hoosiers with a time of 3:59.97, followed by Opell (4:07.64), Happ (4:09.05), Hinshaw (4:13.32) and Trahin (4:16.30).
The day closed with the 200 freestyle relay as Zoricic, Chovanec, Knight and Shedron finished first in 1:22.45. Indiana's B squad of Wetzel, Stockman, Kanorr and Ransenberg followed in 1:26.05.
KNIGHT EARNS SECOND BIG TEN HONOR
For the second time in as many weeks, junior Titus Knight was named the Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced on Nov. 3.
Competing in his hometown of Austin, Texas, Knight recorded four top-two finishes, including an NCAA B qualifying mark of 1:37.91 in the 200 free. Knight is currently undefeated in the 200 free this season. He also took second in the 100 free (45.24) and 500 free (4:33.13). He also teamed up with Ante Zoricic, Bryan Chovanec and Tyler Shedron to win the 200 free relay in a time of 1:22.45.