Indiana Sits in Second after Day One of Invite
November 21, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team sits in second place after the first day of the Indiana Invitational. The No. 18 Pittsburgh Panthers lead the event with 308.5 points followed by the Hoosiers with 259. Missouri (186.5) is third followed by Michigan State (144), Cincinnati (98) and Evansville (29).
Junior Ryan Fagan claimed the Hoosiers lone championship of the day, winning the one-meter springboard. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the event by the slimmest of margins, 1.15 points, with a score of 496.50. Missouri's Evan Watters was second with a score of 495.35.
The Hoosiers placed four men in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle. Seniors Mike Payne and Claes Andersson led the way taking second and third, respectively. In his preliminary heat, Payne went 20.79 to set a season-best, while Andersson swam a converted time of 20.87 in the finals, which was a season-best. Freshman Kyle Ruth and junior David Winck rounded out the Hoosier quartet in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Freshman Colin Russell placed 15th in the event as well for the Hoosiers.
The 200-meter freestyle relay of Payne, Ruth, Winck and Andersson went a season-best converted time to claim second overall in the event. Pittsburgh's `A' relay took the top spot in the evnet by a second and a half. The Hoosiers converted time to short course yards was 1:22.98. Indiana's `B' relay of Russell, senior Adam Goff and freshmen Scott Tanner and Drew Ossakow placed seventh overall with a time of 1:36.17.
Russell and junior Richard Bryant led the way in the 400-meter freestyle, placing third and fourth overall. Russell finished 3:57.09 in the event, when converted to short course yards and the 500-yard freestyle, the time was a season-best at 4:30.99. Bryant also claimed a season-best converted time as he finished one place behind his teammate.
Winck was the Hoosiers top finisher in the 200-meter individual medley, taking fourth overall at 2:06.30. The time converted to short course yards was a season-best at 1:53.16. Junior Murph Halasz took eighth in the event for the Hoosiers with a time of 2:08.85.
The Hoosiers finished out the day taking third and sixth in the 400-meter medley relay. The team of senior Matt Leach, sophomore Kevin Swander, Halasz and Russell were third at 3:47.43. Indiana's `B' relay of Jones, Baldwin, Ruth and Andersson was sixth at 3:53.05.
Indiana will return to the pool tomorrow morning for the second day of competition at the Indiana Invitational. Prelims will start at 9:00 a.m., with finals starting at 6:00 p.m. Diving will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The list of events for tomorrow include: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Individual Medley, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 800 Freestyle Relay, the women's three-meter springboard and the men's one-meter. The preliminary round of swimming will be swam in short course yards, while the night and finals session will be in short course meters.
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