Men's Swimming

    Looze, Huber Announce Signees

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    December 13, 2002

    Bloomington, Ind. - Men's swimming coach Ray Looze has announced that four student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to attend Indiana University beginning in the fall of 2003. The four new additions to Looze's program include Jesse Cleaver (Huntington, Ind./North), Matthew Jensen (Valencia, Calif./Chaminade College Prep), Matt Maley (Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon) and Ryan McNeill (Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia).

    In addition to the swimming signees, diving coach Jeff Huber announced that Taylor Roberts (Aurora, Colo./Smokey Hill) has also signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Indiana University.

    "The four swimmers we signed should all be able to score at the Big Ten meet as freshmen," said head coach Ray Looze. "It has been a number of years since IU has been able to attract such a talented group. If things go well in the spring, we could have the top recruiting class in the Big Ten, which would allow us to move up in both the conference and NCAA rankings. I am very excited about the potential of the class of 2003 and its impact on our team."

    Jesse Cleaver
    Huntington, Ind. (North)
    Distance Freestyle

    In 2002, Cleaver earned Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association All-State accolades in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle...placed third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free at the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving meet in 2002...at the 2002 state meet, recorded a time of 4:38.19 during the preliminaries and 4:39.54 in the final. In the 200 free, notched a 1:41.53 in the prelims and a 1:41.52 in the finals...placed seventh in the 200 free and 10th in the 500 free at the 2001 IHSAA State Meet...was recognized by s as one of its swimmers-of-the-year in 2002...swims for the Southwest Allen County Swim Club...also considered Texas, Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, and the University of Pennsylvania...is the son of Michael Cleaver.

    Head coach Ray Looze on Jesse Cleaver: "Jesse Cleaver will be the top graduating senior in Indiana swimming, so we are very excited to have him join our Indiana family. It has been over 10 years since IU has signed the top Indiana state swimmer. He is going to help us in both butterfly events and he also has the ability to help us in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyles. He is a very versatile guy who we feel will make an immediate impact at both the Big Ten and NCAA level. When he swims well, I think a lot of guys in this state will follow him in the future. It came down to Purdue and us, and it is always nice for that to go in our favor."

    Matthew Jensen
    Valencia, Calif. (Chaminade College Prep)
    Freestyle/Butterfly/Individual Medley

    A three-time team Most Valuable Player at Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, Calif., he was elected captain of the team as a senior in 2002-03...was a CIF Finalist in 2000, 2001, and 2002...was selected to the Southern California All-Star Team...swam for the Canyon Aquatics Swim Club, which is under the direction of head coach Bruce Patmos...was a Western Zones participant in 1995, 2000, and 2001...is the son of Becky and Jon Jensen.

    Head coach Ray Looze on Matthew Jensen: "Matt Jensen is going to be a very good college swimmer. He is big, lanky, and tall, and is versatile as well. He swims the individual medley and butterfly, both the 200 and 400 in the IM and the 100 and 200 in the fly. He is also a solid freestyler and backstroker. He is going to bring us immediate depth in the IM and fly, and will develop into an NCAA qualifier within a couple of years."

    Matt Maley
    Mount Vernon, Ohio (Mount Vernon)
    Freestyle/Butterfly

    This Ohio product placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2002 Ohio High School Athletic Association Championships...as a sophomore in 2001, placed sixth in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle at the OHSAA championships...swam for Marcie Steen at Mount Vernon...played varsity baseball...also considered the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Washington, Miami (Ohio), Kenyon, Oakland University, and Purdue...is the son of Terri and Jeff Maley.

    Head coach Ray Looze on Matt Maley: "Matt Maley helps us add depth to our sprints and he is also a very good 100 flyer. He has the chance to be one of the better swimmers in Ohio as a senior. He comes from a really small town and many times those guys are diamonds in the rough when they arrive in a university setting where they can really develop. Matt give us a great one-two-three punch with Halasz and Cleaver."

    Ryan McNeill
    Yorba Linda, Calif. (Valencia)
    Distance Freestyle/Butterfly

    Is the 2002 CIF District IV Champion and record holder in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle...was the 2002 CIF Southern Sectional All-Division Finalist, placing sixth in the 500 free and eighth in the 100 fly...was the Orange League Most Valuable Swimmer in 2000 and again in 2002...holds school records in the 200 free, 500 free, and 100 fly...has been a member of the Fullerton Aquatic Sports Team (FAST) for the past 10 years...is a three-time recipient of the "Senior Swimmer" Coaches' Award at FAST...was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Southern California Swimming Senior All-Star Team...was a qualifier for the 2002 Phillips 66 National Championships, which were held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...received the Valencia High School Distinguished Scholar Award in 2002...won the Valencia High School Scholar-Athlete Award...ranks among the top 10 percent of his graduating class and is a member of the National Honor Society...is the son of Janet and Andrew McNeill.

    Head coach Ray Looze on Ryan McNeill: "Ryan McNeill is a national qualifier in the 1500 meter free who will pair with Richard Bryant to give us a much improved distance group in the fall of 2003. Beyond the 500/1000/1650 he can also swim butterfly. Ryan will eventually develop into an NCAA caliber distance freestyler. It was great to sign two swimmers from California (also Jensen) because that state is traditionally one of the best in swimming, along with Indiana. We did well in two important swimming hotbeds. "


    In addition to the four swimming signees, head diving coach Jeff Huber announced that Taylor Roberts (Aurora, Co./Smoky Hill) has also signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend Indiana University.

    "I am really excited," said Huber, while also talking about the signings of women divers Lindsay Weigle (Bloomington, Ind./South) and Jade Summerlin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern). "I think we had an exceptional recruiting semester. We are really excited about all three of our recruits. I think part of it is the chemistry. We look for people who are not only talented, but good people who we feel will fit in and keep that team chemistry. When you come to practice you are getting pushed, supported by your teammates, and you are having fun. I am really excited. This is probably one of the best recruiting groups we have had."

    Taylor Roberts Aurora, Co./Smoky Hill Diving

    This Colorado product was an elite level gymnast and competed at the US Nationals...as a junior in 2001, set a new state record of 521.60 (11 dives) and school records in both six and 11 dives...was the 2002 Colorado Class 5A State Champion as a junior...was a 2001 and 2002 Winter Nationals qualifier...finished 27th on 1-Meter at the 2002 Junior Nationals...dives with Mile High Dive Club for coach Jack Perkins...is the son of Becky and Larry Roberts.

    Said head coach Jeff Huber on Taylor Roberts: "Taylor Roberts is a good student and an exceptional talent. In my opinion, he is the sleeper recruit in the country, kind of like last year when we picked up Brian Mariano. At that time, a lot of people didn't know who he was and Brian ended up being the high school national diver of the year. Taylor will really fit in well at Indiana, as he is extremely talented, dedicated, hard working, and has lofty goals. I know he is excited about coming to school here and I am equally excited to be working with him next year."

     

     


       

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