November 26, 2001
Men's Swimming & Diving Preview Release
U.S. Open Nationals
Friday, November 29-Dec. 1
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Select Hoosiers take off this weekend for the U.S. Open National swimming competition. This event is open to any registered USA Swimming competitor who has qualified through time standards established by USA Swimming.
Ten IU tankers will travel to the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y. for the competition. Led by junior David Schulze and IU alum Don Gold, the Hoosiers will look to build on last season's success at the U.S. Open. The other Hoosiers taking part include: senior Heath Montgomery; junior Rob Dabrowski; sophomores Matt Leach, Claes Andersson, Mike Payne and Val Milkov; and freshmen Murph Halasz, Richard Bryant and David Winck.
The meet begins with 9:30 a.m. preliminaries and 6 p.m. finals. It will also conclude the Hoosiers' fall season and lead up to IU's winter training.
For Meet Results
Complete meet results will be made available on the Web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. They can be viewed and printed out by choosing men's swimming & diving from the main menu. For more information contact Geoff Sherman or Laura Dewitz in the Media Relations office at (812) 855-9399.
Hoosiers Host Big Tens
The 2001-02 season culminates in the Men's Big Ten Conference Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University will play host for the third time in five years. Last season, the Hoosiers finished 6th at the Big Ten meet scoring 284 points.
The venue also hosted last season's women's Big Ten Championship.
Indiana Invitational: Hoosiers Place Second
The Hoosiers went into the Indiana Invitational with a 1-1 dual meet record and a title they were looking to defend.
After day one of the meet, IU was still in the meet with the Aggies of Texas A&M, coached by IU alum Mel Nash, leading by only 88 points.
"We bettered most of our season best times today," said Men's Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "We got off to a slow start, but some guys earned new personal best times. That is the way you get better as a swimmer, you go out and swim personal best times and get better with every performance."
Performances by junior Dave Schulze in the 200 individual medley and the 400 medley relay team kept the Hoosiers within striking distance.
Schulze finished third in the 200 IM (1:52.83) and the 400 medley relay team was touched out by five one-hundredths of a second by the Aggies to place second.
Day two saw Texas A&M pull away from the four other teams in competiton and finish the day with an insurmountable 349.50 point lead. The Hoosiers remained in second and also pulled away from the remaining teams.
"We had our glimmering moments, and down the road those will prove to be good future swims," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "It was a darn good workout. We worked hard and it was exciting."
The Hoosiers were once again led by Schulze who was the runner-up in the 100 breast. He was touched out by one-half of a second. The 800 freestyle relay team also gave the Aggies a scare. The Hoosiers were once again runners-up, but were touched out by a margin of three one-hundredths of a second.
The final day of competition saw the Aggies extend their lead and eventually be victorious by over 500 points. The Hoosiers finished the competition in second with a score of 825.50 points.
"Our team is very young, therefore we are making a lot of mistakes," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "Along with the mistakes, there have been a lot of positives that I have been really surprised by."
Indiana was led by freshman Murph Halasz. Halasz was victorious in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.78. Schulze, for the third straight day, was the runner-up in an event. He placed second in the 200 breaststroke losing out by under one-half of a second.
"Ultimately, we had a very successful weekend even though we were not able to win the meet," said Kirchner. "Right now I am happy with our finish because Texas A&M has a great team who will be tough to beat all year, and finishing only behind them is something that I can live with. We are going to continue working with the end of the season in mind. It is going to be exciting to see what our team is going to be able to do by the end of the season."
Fall Season: An Overall Success
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened this season the same as the last three, with a victory. The Hoosiers opened the year against Evansville and were victorious, 189-103.
The team then took its first road trip to the University of Michigan and were defeated by the Wolverines. The loss was a sour opening to the Big Ten Conference season, but the Hoosiers had another two weeks off and promptly had a successful Indiana Invitational.
Although they did not retain their title, the Hoosiers did manage a second place finish with Texas A&M coached by IU alum Mel Nash winning the event.
The Hoosiers conclude the fall season with the U.S. Open and then travel to Florida for a winter training trip that includes a dual meet with the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Heading into the Championship Season
Indiana travels to Florida for its annual training trip from December 15-22. On December 18 the Hoosiers take on the University of Miami Hurricanes in a dual meet in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hoosiers open their 2002 campaign on Saturday, January 12 with a co-ed dual meet against Big Ten Conference foe, Ohio State at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
An International Flavor
Four Hoosiers on the current roster call countries other than the United States home.
Freshman Richard Bryant, junior David Schulze, sophomore Claes Andersson and freshman Val Milkov all reside outside America.
Bryant (Somerset, England) and Milkov (Varna, Bulgaria) are from the European continent, while Andersson (Boras, Sweden) is from Scandinavia. Schulze resides a little closer to the United States coming from Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Average Age: 19.1 years
The Hoosiers this season are a young squad. Head Coach Kris Kirchner has brought in 17 newcomers to the Hoosier team. The squad has only six sophomores, one junior and one senior so the team's average age is 19.1 years old.
"We are a young squad," said Kirchner. "But I wanted to see a team effort this season and so far that is exactly what I have gotten."
He also said that the team may be young, but the amount of potential he sees in this team is tremendous.
Indiana Swimming's First Set of Twins
Indiana men's swimming has a first this season and that is a set of twins swimming for the university.
Naperville, Ill. natives Jonathon and Nicolas Burgess are the first twins to swim for Head Coach Kris Kirchner.
"They are the first set of twins that we have had on the team," said Kirchner. "They both can swim and we are glad they are here at Indiana."
Jonathon is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer while Nicolas is primarily freestyle. Kirchner said you might see both on relays this season.
The Chase is Underway
On the 30th anniversary of the year that legendary Mark Spitz set the Indiana University records for the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly they could be in jeopardy.
Freshman Murph Halasz could be the name to end up replacing the most decorated Olympian in modern history. He is just three seconds off the pace heading into the Invitational.
"Murph is about one second away from the 200 fly record," said Head Coach Kris Kirchner. "I believe that by the end of the season he will break the 200 record and by the end of his career he will own both the 100 and 200 fly records."
"This time is a good, fast time," said Kirchner. "It is a time that has become what can be referred to as a 'magic time.' We really hope it gets broken because we know that it can be."
About Head Coach Kris Kirchner
Kris Kirchner is in his 12th season as the Head Coach of the Indiana University men's swimming and diving team and has had a successful career.
In his 11 seasons the Hoosiers have finished in the top five of the Big Ten Championship nine times and narrowly missed his 10th last season placing sixth overall.
Kirchner began his career at the University of South Carolina and had success with the Gamecocks. In his five years, Kirchner led USC to five straight Metro Conference championships and never placed below 20th at NCAAs as the coach of the men's team.
As a swimmer, Kirchner was a member of the 1981 NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns and he won the 50 freestyle NCAA title and was a member of two relay national champions.
His career in swimming, both as sprinter and coach, has been a success and he is looking to further build on it.
|Chatting with Coach K
Regarding the state of the team heading into the U.S. Open:
"They got a chance to rest this past week with Thanksgiving being an opportunity to go home. We are kind of split into two groups right now with the 10 people preparing for the Open and the rest preparing for what is coming up in a month. We are going to be prepared for the Championship season and Big Tens."
Regarding what he wants from the U.S. Open:
"We have three objectives for this weekend. The first is to qualify as many guys as we can for NCAAs. The second is to score in the top 16 in all events. Finally, we are looking to give the program exposure on the National and International level. This is a great opportunity for that with the World Cup and U.S. Open the same weekend in the same place."
Regarding those we should keep an eye on when championships roll around:
"Mike Payne is the biggest to watch. He has got potential for speed that is great for a sophomore. He should do great things the rest of the year. David Winck is the other. He is one of those prize students that does whatever it takes to get the job done."