Hooisers Sprint Out to Day One Lead at the Invite
November 22, 2002
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's swimming and diving team used the strength of its sprinters to jump out to an early lead and maintained it through the first day of the Indiana Invitational. The Hoosiers lead second place Clemson, 289-274. Cincinnati is third with 251 points, followed by Evansville in fourth with 100 and Miami in fifth with 19.
"We started off well and ended on our heals," Indiana head coach Ray Looze, Jr. said. "I can't get the last relay out of my head, we lost to a team we should have beat. Two good relay legs don't win it for you. To have a good relay you have to have all four legs swim good."
The men's team came out firing on all cylinders as the quartet of juniors Claes Andersson, Mike Payne, Dale Ramsy and sophomore Nicolas Burgess won the 200 free relay. The team came in with a season best time of 1:22.65 winning over Cincinnati by over seventh tenths. Indiana's B relay came in fifth with a time of 1:26.47 to push the Indiana lead.
Sophomore distance freestyler Richard Bryant came in second in the 500 freestyle behind Cincinnati's Scott Davidson. Despite finishing in second, the Somerset, England native went a season best 4:31.28. Freshman Mike Jones was the next Hoosier placing seventh with a time of 4:44.92.
Sophomore's David Doerr and Murph Halasz gave the Hoosiers points in the consolations with solid swims. Doerr had a career best swim as he went 4:49.88 edging Halasz for tenth place by one thousandth of a second. Indiana sophomore Temujin Gold won the bonus heat of the 500 free with a season best time of 4:44.05.
Indiana looked to a pair of Dave's in the 200 IM as senior Dave Schulze finished fourth with a time of 1:53.84 and sophomore David Winck came in seventh at 1:56.45. Bryant, Jones and Halasz went 12th, 13th, and 14th for Indiana with times of 1:57.51, and 1:57.80 and 1:57.91, respectively.
"They did a good job," Looze said about the 500 freestylers. "(Temujin) needs to do that in the morning and be in big finals to score points because you don't score points in bonus. We have to put it together. I told the team in our meeting, 'This is the sport of mistakes, the fewer you make the better you swim. ' We are just making too many right now for how we are being trained. We need to have better concentration, and we do a better job in prelims tomorrow. If we execute and swim hard and split well, we can all walk away with our head held high. For the level of expectation set for this program, we are not doing it, but I am going to get it."
The Hoosiers' sprinters continued their onslaught as Andersson, Ramsy, Payne and Nicolas Burgess went 1-2-4-7 in the 50 free. Andersson continued his impressive times in the 50 as he went 20.67 to lead the pack. Sophomores Val Milkov and Jonanthon Burgess, junior Adam Goff and Winck finished 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively, for the Hoosiers in the 50 free.
"Claes was real good," Looze said. "Dale has been real sick lately. Mike Payne was a little sick to, so we didn't come into this meet as healthy as we would have like to. But we have to learn how to swim when things aren't perfect, you can't just wait to feel good. We need to do a better job of that starting tomorrow."
The Hoosier men capped of a successful day by taking second and sixth in the 400 medley relay. The Hoosiers team of junior Matt Leach, Schulze, Halasz, and Andersson came in with a time of 3:24.20 less than four tenths behind the winner Clemson. Indiana's B relay came in sixth with a time of 3:33.37.
Junior diver Marc Carlton had an impressive day as he won the one-meter competition and came in second on the three-meter. Carlton had a season best on the one-meter with a score of 331.40.
"I thought Marc Carlton did a great job on one-meter, in fact he looked real good on both boards," Indiana head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. " I am real please to see that. I thought we were pretty weak all the way around on one-meter, but they stepped it up much better on three-meter."
Sophomore Ryan Fagan had a career day for the Hoosiers as well. He finished fifth on the one-meter with a score of 246.85, and then dove a career best 510.68 in the preliminary round of the three-meter on his way to a seventh place finish. Junior Alex Burns had a solid day for Indiana as he finished eighth on the one-meter and sixth on the three-meter. Freshman Brian Mariano placed seventh on the one-meter and ninth on the three-meter, while sophomore Brian Metzler placed 10th on three-meter.
"I know Ryan Fagan had a personal record by about 50 points in the prelims," Huber said. "He kind of faltered in the finals, but he was still up there. That was by far his best, and it was good to see. Alex Burns did a real nice job. He was a little off on everything or else he would have been up there. Brian Maraino is kind of in a transition. We tore a lot of things down. I told him to stay with it and it will all come together."
The Hoosiers will return to action tomorrow for day two of the Indiana Invitational. The morning session will start at 9:30 a.m. with the preliminaries. Finals are scheduled for the evening session at 6:00 p.m. at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.
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