Hooisers Extend Invite Lead During Day Two
November 23, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team increased it lead at the Indiana Invitational. The Hoosiers used two individual victories and a win in the 200 medley relay to up its lead. Indiana leads the event with 650 points, followed by Clemson at 615, Cincinnati with 578, Evansville at 202 and Miami with 26.
"Better job, we are swimming dead tired and we managed to pull away from Clemson a bit," Indiana head coach Ray Looze, Jr. said of his teams performance. "They are shaved and tapered, which in swimming is a big advantage. I was real proud of the way the guys swam today."
The Hoosiers appeared to nail down second place in the 200 medley relay with a season best time of 1:32.10, but after the officials talked it over, it was ruled the Clemson backstroker was under water longer than the allowed 15 yards. The result was Clemson's A relay, which edged the Hoosiers by three hundredths, being disqualified, and Indiana's A relay being declared the winner. The relay consisting of junior Claes Andersson, senior David Schulze, sophomore Murph Halasz and junior Dale Ramsy was highlighted by Ramsy's freestyle split of 19.98.
"We put a lot of pressure on Clemson with the (200 medley relay) because they beat us in the 400 medley relay," Looze said. "They knew they have to get a lead on backstroke, so that guy kicked out too far past the 15 meter mark. It is a sport of mistakes, and we forced them into a mistake."
Indiana's B relay, which went 1:36.05, finished fourth. The team consisted of junior Matt Leach, freshman Hank Baldwin, sophomore Jonathon Burgess and junior Mike Payne.
Sophomores Richard Bryant and David Winck led the way for IU in the 400 IM placing fifth and eighth, respectively. Bryant went a season best 4:02.89 in placing fifth, while Winck went 4:10.63. Freshman Mike Jones was ninth at 4:10.75, sophomore Niles Madison was 10th at 4:16.98, sophomore Temujin Gold was 11th at 4:21.25 and junior Rob Dabrowski rounded out the Hoosiers contingent in 13th place.
Halasz was Indiana's top 100 fly finisher placing fifth in the event with a time of 51.30. Freshman Blake Wallace was the bonus heat of the 100 fly with a time of 54.36. Jonathon Burgess followed that up by placing fourth in the consolation heat and 12th overall with a time of 53.57.
Bryant pulled off a come from behind win in the 200 freestyle. Trailing after 50 and 100 yards, the Somerset, England native turned it on the last 100 on his way to a season best 1:41.82 and the victory. Winck came in eighth with a time of 1:46.23. Indiana had four guys in the consolation heat with Nicolas Burgess picking up 10th at 1:46.86, sophomore Adam Goff placing 11th with a time of 1:46.90, Payne finishing 12th at 1:47.09 and sophomore Brian Ellsworth placing 15th with a time of 1:47.68.
Schulze followed Bryant's lead picking up the Hoosiers second individual victory of the day. The Barrie, Canada native won the 100 breast with a time of 57.15. Dabrowski was fifth for the Hoosiers at 59.58. Baldwin, Madison and freshman James Shanel went ninth, 10th, and 11th for Indiana.
"Tough, gritty performances," Looze said of Bryant and Schulze swims. "We are probably swimming a lot more tired than I would like to be. It is complicated by illness working its way through the team. It is nice to see us kind of grind out a win, but we would like to swim faster. I don't know if that is going to happen at this meet, but I think we can pull away from the tomorrow. Hopefully, at Texas and Miami of Ohio we will bring our 'A' game."
Despite having the most qualifiers in the 100 back, Indiana could only muster a sixth, a seventh and an eighth place finish. Leach was sixth at 52.71 followed by Jones and Halasz at 53.15 and 54.64. Sophomore Val Milkov won the consolation heat and finished ninth overall with a season best time of 52.99. Madison, Ramsy and Andersson finished 13th, 15th, and 16th, respectively, in the event to garner point for the Hoosiers.
Indiana finished the meet with a second and fifth place finish in the 800 free relay. Bryant, Andersson, Winck and Schulze went 6:52.46 to place second behind Cincinnati's A relay. Indiana's B relay of Milkov, Ellsworth, Nicolas Burgess, and Payne went 7:10.62 to place fifth.
The Hoosiers will host the final day of the Indiana Invitational tomorrow at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. The preliminaries are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. followed by the finals at 3:00 p.m.
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