Hoosiers Fall to No. 15 Texas A&M
December 6, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The No. 25 Indiana men's swimming and diving team continued its grueling schedule falling to No. 15 Texas A&M, 180.5-117.5, at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. Juniors Murph Halasz and Richard Bryant each won two events for the Hoosiers against the Aggies. IU falls to 1-5 overall, while A&M improves to 5-0. All five of the Hoosiers' losses this season have come to teams currently ranked in the CSCAA's top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 22 Kentucky).
"I was real happy with one factor. We won some close races," Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "That was the first time we have done that. And we competed well in adverse conditions for us. We're at home which was nice but we suffered some freak injuries and the flu bug that has been going around the country put five to six of our guys out of the water for varying times this week. Right now we are healthier than we have been but you can't get back that lost practice time that was missed. I just really liked the character that I saw today. Without key players we raced really well. We saw the emergence of a few more guys. We just need to get everyone healthy and training for an extended period of time to really get on all cylinders. "
Bryant had strong swims in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyles claiming first place. The Somerset, England native started off by taking the top spot in the 1000 with a time of 9:27.21. He was neck-and-neck with A&M's Mark Solomon for most of the race, but the Hoosier took over in the final 50 to claim the win. Bryant came back later to win the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:33.45.
" Without him I don't know where we would be," Looze said. "Hopefully he is going to affect the other guys with his ability to win those close races and be so consistent. Richard likes to race and that's we need a little bit more of. Guys that can stand up while they are training hard and win some races."
Halasz won both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events. The Richmond, Va., native topped his second-place competition by two seconds in winning the 200 with a time of 1:50.92. He went on to out-touched Devin Saez by five-hundredths of a second to win the 100-yard freestyle. Halasz came in with a time of 49.93.
Junior Ryan Fagan turned in a career performance as he registered career-bests in the one-meter and three-meter springboards. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the one-meter by nearly 20 points with 313.05 points. He took third in the three-meter competition with a score of 296.48.
"Ryan did a great job," Indiana head diving coach Jeff Huber said. "That is the best I have seen him dive this year in the one meter. And he was not only the only one but he had a pretty tough list. I was really pleased with that. On high board he has had a really good week of practice and really did some great stuff. He just had three bad hurdles on three meter. I think he would have walked away with the contest. He did a great and the last dive was the best one I have ever seen him do. Knowing he was out of the contest, he still finished up like a champion. He has done a good job for us as a leader and team captain in practice. He has been diving real tough. So I am real happy with his progress."
Sophomore Kevin Swander claimed the Hoosiers only other first place of the meet in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Center Grove (Ind.) product won the 100 with a time of 56.37. He also took second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.43. Alex Dawson out-touched Swander in the 200 by 18-hundredths of a second.
Senior Claes Andersson led the way in the spring freestyle events for the Hoosiers as he took second in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. He took second in the 50 with a time of 20.88 after he out-touched fellow classmate Mike Payne, who was third at 20.91. Mat Rose, who swam a nation-best converted time of 19.67 earlier this season, won the event at 20.31. Andersson narrowly missed winning the 100-yard freestyle as he was out-touched by six-hundredths of a second. He finished with a season-best time of 45.78.
Senior Matt Leach led the way in the 100-yard backstroke tying for second. Leach went a season-best time of 50.63 to take second.
Indiana started the meet by taking second and third in the 200-yard medley relay. The Hoosier `A' squad of Leach, Swander, Halasz and Payne took second with a time of 1:31.11. Payne had an impressive split time on the final leg of 19.82. The Hoosier `B' relay was third at 1:33.86.
The Hoosiers finished the meet by taking second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of junior Dave Winck, Payne, Andersson and Bryant swam a time of 3:03.37. Texas A&M's `B' relay won with a time of 3:01.47.
The Hoosiers will return to action after the first of the new year, when they host Ohio State and Southern Illinois at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, at 12:00 p.m.
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