Dec. 2, 2009
Kentucky/Ohio State Invite/U.S. Short Course Nationals- Meet Notes
AT KENTUCKY/OSU INVITATIONAL/SHORT COURSE NATIONALS
Kentucky- Dec. 5, 2009
Lancaster Aquatic Center
OSU Invite- Dec. 4-6, 2009
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
USA Swimming Short Course Nationals - Dec. 3-5, 2009
Weyerhauser Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Wash.
SETTING THE SCENE
The men's swimming and diving team will split up for the weekend as some swimmers travel to Lexington, Ky. on Dec. 5 for a dual meet at Kentucky. Others will travel to Federal Way, Wash. for the U.S. Short Course Nationals.
Meanwhile, the divers will head to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State Invitational, Dec. 4-6.
This is the final collegiate competition of 2009 for both teams.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Indiana men took 10 events at the Hoosierland Invitational, Nov. 20-22 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington.
Doug Spraul led the way with victories in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. He is currently undefeated in both events.
Spraul owns the four fastest times by a Hoosier in both events.
Titus Knight took first in the 500 free, posting his fastest time of the season at 4:29.57.
Tyler Shedron won the 200 fly in 1:50.92 and is the owner of the top-four Hoosier times in the event.
Freshman Zac Nees picked up his second career victory with a win in the platform diving event, posting a score of 346.60. Fellow freshman Mick Dell'Orco took second with a score of 343.35, while newcomer Casey Johnson was third (342.45).
Indiana was also victorious in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay.
In a dual meet at Texas on Oct. 30, Titus Knight posted a B cut in the 200 free in Austin with a time of 1:37.91, good for first place.
Ryan Hinshaw took second in the 1,650 free, while Doug Spraul was victorious in the 200 backstroke.
Making his season debut, U.S. National Team member Aaron Opell won the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
Also making his season debut, senior diver David Piercy led the Hoosiers with a second-place finish on the 1-meter and third-place finish on the 3-meter.
Johnson was the top Hoosier on the platform, finishing second.
The Hoosiers opened the season with a 167-131 win at Northwestern on Oct. 23.
Knight led the way with individual wins in the 100, 200 and 500 free events.
He also anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.
Spraul led a 1-2-3 IU finish in the 100 back. Spraul also won the 200 back.
Juniors Bryan Chovanec and Ante Zoricic went 1-2 in the 50 free.
Nees won his first collegiate title with a victory in the 1-meter springboard at NU. That led a 1-2-3 Hoosier sweep with Mick Dell'Orco second and Casey Johnson third.
The Hoosiers are coming off a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and a 25th-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
One of the top performers for the Hoosiers last season, Eric Ress, will redshirt the 2009-10 campaign. Ress finished second in the 200 back at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman last year and went on to earn All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place showing.
Also redshirting this season will be Cody Weik, Jimmy Barbiere and Nick Cordes.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers this year will be senior Aaron Opell. Opell took second in the 200 breast at the 2009 Big Ten Championships and had an outstanding summer, earning a spot on the U.S. National Team in the 200 breast after finishing fifth at the World Championship trials in Indianapolis.
Spraul will lead the way in the backstroke this season after taking 10th in the 200 back a year ago at the Big Ten Championships.
Junior Bart Ginocchio set a personal best in the 1,650 free at last year's Big Tens with a time of 15:11.76, good for sixth place.
Junior Matthew O'Brien is one of the top returning butterfliers after taking 10th in the 100 fly at Big Tens last season.
Junior Tyler Lemert will join Opell as a force in the breaststroke events.
Newcomers who should make an immediate impact include junior transfer Illya Larin in the middle distance free events, a junior Zack Stockman who was a junior college All-American.
There are a plethora of new faces in the diving well, as freshman Mick Dell'Orco and Casey Johnson look to make an immediate impact on the program.
Senior David Piercy is the only returning upperclassman, while sophomore Linus Altman-Kurosaki will re-join the team after the winter break after placing fifth on the three-meter springboard at Big Tens a year ago and competing at the NCAA Championships.
HOOSIERS HEAD TO SHORT COURSE NATIONALS
Several Hoosiers will take a break from collegiate competition to compete at the U.S. Short Course Nationals.
Indiana will compete in the following events in Federal Way, Wash.:
- 200 free relay
- 500 free (Titus Knight, Tyler Shedron)
- 200 IM (Aaron Opell)
- 50 free (Ante Zoricic)
- 400 medley relay
- 200 medley relay
- 400 IM (Aaron Opell)
- 100 butterfly (Tyler Shedron)
- 200 free (Titus Knight, Ante Zoricic)
- 100 breaststroke (Aaron Opell)
- 100 backstroke (Ante Zoricic)
- 800 free relay
- 100 free (Ante Zoricic, Titus Knight)
- 200 breaststroke (Aaron Opell)
- 200 butterfly (Tyler Shedron)
- 400 free relay
HOOSIERS RANKED 18th IN DUAL MEET POLL
The Indiana men's swimming and diving team is ranked 18th in the inaugural College Swim Coaches Association of America Division I coaches poll.
A total of six Big Ten teams are among the top 25, led by No. 7 Michigan. Minnesota is No. 11, followed by No. 14 Ohio State, No. 16 Purdue, the Hoosiers and No. 25 Penn State.
Texas, whom the Hoosier swam on Oct. 30, is the top-ranked team, followed by Stanford and California.