Indiana Men's Swimming Signs Three for 2007-08 Season
Dec. 7, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for Indiana's men's swimming team for the 2007-08 season, head coach Ray Looze announced Dec. 7.
Jesse Cohen (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes), Titus Knight (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) and Cody Weik (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) will all swim for the Hoosiers next season.
Cohen is a two-year All-American for Mountain Lakes, helping the squad to state titles in 2005 and 2006. Cohen was the New Jersey state champion in the 200-yard freestyle and also helped the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays to state titles. He was named the Morris County, N.J., Swimmer of the Year in 2006. A four-year YMCA Nationals swimmer, Cohen finished second in the 400-yard individual medley, third in the 200-yard butterfly and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle at the meet in 2006.
"Jesse's an extremely good 400-yard IMer out of New Jersey," Looze said. "He's got four good strokes, he's strong, and he hasn't done a lot of double training, which is two practices in one day, which is pretty common at the elite level. He's a guy that we're extremely excited about, being able to come in and challenge our school record in his freshman year."
Cohen qualified for the Senior Nationals in 2006 and the Junior Nationals in 2005 and 2006. He also qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open in the 200-meter butterfly and the 400-meter individual medley. Cohen was the New Jersey state YMCA champion in the 500 free, 200 fly, 200 free, 400 IM and 1,000-yard freestyle in 2006. He was selected for Olympic High Altitude Training in 2004 and 2006.
"I chose Indiana because of the coaches, the team, the program and the entire IU environment," Cohen said.
Knight earned All-America status for Jenks (Okla.) High School in the 200 free and the 500 free and consideration in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 free relay in 2004, helping the school to its ninth consecutive state championship. He won state titles in the 200 free and 500 free, and was named the team MVP as a freshman. At James Bowie, Knight earned All-America distinction in the 200-yard medley relay, helping turn in the second-best time in the nation, in 2005. He did not compete for James Bowie in 2006.
"Titus is the top freestyle recruit in the country, and he's got a chance to be our best freestyler in the history of IU swimming," Looze said. "He's extremely versatile, has range from the 50-yard freestyle all the way to the mile, he's a very good competitor with a beautiful stroke and he's also a great person. We're very excited about Titus' potential for his career at IU."
In November 2005, Knight was invited to the National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Knight, an honor roll student, posted Nationals times in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,650-yard freestyle in March 2006 and Olympic Trial times in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle in August 2006. He won the 200m free at the Speedo USA Swimming National Championships, erasing future IU teammate Weik's meet record in the event.
"I enjoyed being with the swim team," Knight said about why he chose Indiana. "Indiana has a superior coaching staff, a beautiful campus and excellent academic help."
Weik helped Cedar Crest to an 11-0 dual record and a league championship in 2005, while also helping the squad to a third-place finish in the state. He is a seven-time All-American, and was named the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Swimmer of the Meet in 2006. Weik is also a two-time league MVP and a three-time state champion, winning titles in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard individual medley in 2005 and the 200 free in 2006. He set a new state record of 1:37.91 en route to his 200 free title.
"Cody Weik is probably the top recruit out of the Pennsylvania area. He was actually the third-rated recruit in the country with Titus being the fourth. Cody swims pretty much everything: butterfly, freestyle, IM, he can even do some backstroke. We're planning to use him similarly as we would a (current IU junior) Todd Patrick. Cody will help us on a lot of relays. His versatility is his true gift. He's a good athlete and someone that will be able to contribute right away and hopefully make NCAAs as a freshman."
Weik has competed at the Junior and Senior Nationals, posting four Olympic Trial cuts and winning national championships in the 200m free at the 2004 and 2005 Junior Nationals. He will also compete at the 2007 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, in January 2007 before coming to Indiana in the fall.
"Coach Looze made it easy for me and the guys were a group I can easily see myself with," Weik said. "Indiana also has a great business school, which will be my area of academic study."
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