Hooosiers Second After Day Two of Invite
November 22, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's swimming and diving completed the second day of competition at the Indiana Invitational in second place, behind No. 18 Pittsburgh. The Panthers lead with 868.5 points followed by the Hoosiers at 598. Missouri is third (466.5), while Michigan State (379), Cincinnati (222), Evansville (71), Kentucky (31) and Air Force (21) round out the competitors in the Invite.
"I know the guys are trying really hard," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "Today was better than yesterday. We are going against a tapered and shaved team that is ranked higher than us. We really went toe-to-toe with them tonight. We beat them in one relay and almost got them in another. We are just dealing with a young team and in doing so we are going to benefit from their brilliance, but we will also have to live with some of their shortcomings on the experience side of it. Overall, we are where we need to be, and we are really swimming a very difficult meet. I am pleased. I thought we swam better today, if we can finish it off tomorrow, then I think we gained a lot of mental toughness."
The Hoosiers started the night off strong by taking first and third in the 200-meter medley relay. The 'A' relay of senior Matt Leach, sophomore Kevin Swander, junior Murph Halasz and senior Mike Payne won with a time of 1:41.30. The time converted to short course yards was 1:30.76, which was a season-best. IU's 'B' relay of sophomores Mike Jones and Hank Baldwin, freshman Kyle Ruth and senior Claes Anderson was third at 1:32.48.
Halasz came within a whisker of winning the 100-meter butterfly as he took second by one-tenth of a second. The Richmond, Va., native swam a converted time of 49.32, which was a season-best. Ruth and freshman Scott Tanner placed 11th and 13th, respectively, in the event. Ruth's time, when converted to short course yards, was a season-best at 50.78.
Indiana placed seven in the top 16 of the 400-meter individual medley (IM), including three in the top eight. Junior Richard Bryant led the way in second with a time of 4:27.65. Junior Dave Winck finished fifth with a time of 4:30.71. The time converted to short course yards was 4:02.56, which was a season-best. Freshman Matt Jensen rounded out the Hoosier trio in the championship finals as he placed eighth. Jones went a season-best converted time of 4:02.93 in placing 10th overall in the event. Freshman Ben Fay and juniors Niles Madison and Temujin Gold all scored points, placing 12th, 15th and 16th, respectively.
Freshman Colin Russell and Winck went 2-4 for the Hoosiers in the 200-meter freestyle. Russell came in with a 1:51.96, while Winck was 1:54.05.
Swander placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:02.84. The Center Grove product's time converted to short course yards was a season and career-best at 56.30. Sophomore Hank Baldwin was seventh in the event with a time of 1:05.28. Russell and Andersson also notched points for the Hoosiers placing 11th and 12th, respectively.
In diving, junior Ryan Fagan placed 12th in the one-meter springboard competition. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native scored 235.85 points in the preliminary competition. Missouri's Evan Watters won the event with a total score of 582.05.
Jones and Leach each advanced to the finals of the 100-meter backstroke and placed sixth and seventh. Fay and fellow freshman Mike Anderson placed 14th and 15th for the Hoosiers in the event, as well. Madison went a season-best converted time of 52.57 in winning the bonus heat of the 100-meter backstroke.
The Hoosiers capped the meet by taking second and seventh in the 800-meter freestyle. The 'A' relay of Russell, Winck, Jensen and Bryant was second at 7:35.24, while the 'B' relay of Jones, Swander, junior Brian Ellsworth and freshman Ryan McNeill was seventh.
Indiana will complete the third and final day of the 2003 Indiana Invitational tomorrow with prelims at 9:00 a.m. and the finals at 2:30 p.m. The list of events for tomorrow includes: the 1650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims will be in short course yards, while the finals (with the exception of the timed 1650-yard freestyle finals) will be in short course meters.
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