INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. December 7.– WHILE other programs attended invitationals over the weekend, the No. 13 Indiana men's swimming and diving squad chose the excitement of dual meet format, along with Southern Illinois, Iowa and Purdue, and IU picked up a pair of victories over Southern Illinois (156-131) and Iowa (185.50-93.50) on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Purdue downed SIU, 180.50-117.50, and Iowa, 208-86. In the final dual of the day, SIU knocked off Iowa, 187-105. Indiana and Purdue did not face off as they will battle later in the season.
Overall, Indiana claimed nine event titles, while Southern Illinois picked up four and Purdue win three. Individually, freshman Todd Patrick, sophomore Colin Russell and junior Kevin Swander each earned two event crowns each.
"We came into the meet with very heavy training," Head Coach Ray Looze said. "We came out today with a lack of intensity and our spirit was not great. That being said, we showed that we are capable of swimming faster when training permits it. We did some good things after we talked about our intensity in the middle of the meet. We just need to learn to bring a 100 percent, because if you ease up at this level – someone will beat you. We have some execution mistakes we need to work hard on to overcome."
In the opening event of the day's competition, IU's 200-yard medley quartet of Patrick, Swander, senior Murph Halasz and sophomore Kyle Ruth claimed the event crown in 1:32.54, while the Hoosier squad of freshman Ben Hesen, junior Thomas Clavier, sophomore Scott Tanner and senior David Winck finished in second in 1:33.57. Iowa's Andrei Ciurca, Cal Shelangoski, Alex Boyce and Bryan Rowland picked up third in 1:33.79. At the conclusion of the event, IU led both Iowa and Southern Illinois, 15-2.
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, SIU's Jason Sigler out-touched IU freshman John Kevin Koehler personal-best effort of 9:25.70 to win the event in 9:25.36. Indiana freshman Alex Brunfeldt came in third in 9:29.93.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Southern Illinois' Antonio Santoro claimed the event title in 1:40.06, while IU's Russell took second in 1:40.25. Fellow Hoosier junior Sergiy Fesenko rounded out the top-three with a time of 1:40.89. At the end of the event, IU led SIU, 42-22, and Iowa, 56-8.
In the 100-yard backstroke, SIU won its third consecutive title when Marcelo Possato finished in first place with a 49.08, while Purdue's Louis Paul took second in 50.21. IU's Patrick placed third with a 50.69 clocking. Indiana remained in the lead of both SIU (42-31) and Iowa (62-12).
In the 200-yard butterfly, Purdue's Blake Scholz broke Southern Illinois' title streak with a first-place clocking of 1:52.18, while Halasz finished in second in 1:52.88. Fesenko closed out the top-three with a 1:53.90.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, IU swept the top two spots as Swander claimed the crown in 57.34, while sophomore Hank Baldwin took second in 57.94. SIU's Miguel King finished in third in 58.53.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Indiana's Russell picked up the title in 20.88 in his initial collegiate swim in the event. Purdue's Ignatius Goh took second in 21.21, while Ruth finished in third with a 21.26 for IU.
In the one-meter diving break, IU swept the top-two spots for the second time of the meet as senior Marc Carlton won with a 312.45 string of dives and freshman Taylor Roberts took second with a personal-best 310.90 total. Purdue's Clayton Davis finished in third with a 306.20 tally, while his teammate Steven LoBue took fourth in 305.20. All four scores cleared the NCAA zone qualifying mark. At the completion of 1m diving, IU maintained its leads over SIU (103-46) and Iowa (123-24).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Purdue's Paul won the event in 45.57, while IU captured the next two spots with Russell in second in 46.05 and Houchin in third in 46.16. Also of note, sophomore Scott Tanner clocked a personal-best time of 47.98 in a non-scoring effort. At the end of the race, IU led SIU, 118-50, and Iowa, 139-27.
In the 200-yard backstroke, SIU's Possato posted an NCAA provisional time of 1:46.63 to win the event. IU's Patrick placed second in 1:51.70, while junior Mike Jones took third in 1:53.03. At the completion of the event, IU remained in the lead of both SIU (127-59) and Iowa (154-31).
In the 200-yard breaststroke, Purdue's Giordan Pogioli cleared the B-cut standard with a first-place time of 1:58.50, while Iowa's Elliot Ptsanik placed second in 2:05.53. IU's Swander rounded out the top three in 2:06.47. At the end of the swim, IU maintained leads of 141-64 over SIU and 162-42 over Iowa.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Fesenko claimed the event in 4:32.98, while SIU's Jason Sigler took second in 4:36.88. Purdue's Mark Wolfred picked up third place in 4:39.78.
In the 100-yard butterfly, IU's Clavier made it two in a row for the Hoosiers with a first-place 49.67, while Iowa's Alex Boyce placed second in 50.64. IU's Ruth finished in third with a 50.79.
In the three-meter diving break, Indiana swept the top two spots again as both Roberts (325.85) and Carlton (321.20) cleared the NCAA zone qualifying standard. Purdue's LoBue wound up in third with a 299.20 tally. Going into the final portion of the schedule, IU led SIU, 185-77, and Iowa, 207.50-50.50.
"Taylor did a nice job today," Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "It was the best I've seen him dive and he was steady. Purdue looked very good. Right now, we are aways away from being where we need to be. We just need to practice tough and train like champions."
In the 200-yard IM, Patrick claimed the event crown with a 1:50.66 clocking, while Purdue's Pogioli finished in second in 1:52.76. IU's Clavier rounded out the top three with a career-best 1:53.44. Also of note, freshman Alec Haley recorded a personal-best time of 1:57.49 in a non-scoring effort.
In the final event of the competition, IU's Russell, Houchin, sophomore Paul Sigfusson and Winck won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 3:05.13, while SIU's quartet or Sigler, Gasparovich, Possato and Santoro placed second in 3:08.71. Purdue's Adam King, Andre Pereira, John Mullen and Trey Smith finished third in 3:08.78.
At the end of the meet including swimmers taken out as non-scoring performances, Indiana defeated Southern Illinois, 156-131, while also downing Iowa, 185.50-93.50. Purdue downed SIU, 180.50-117.50, and Iowa, 208-86. In the final dual of the day, SIU knocked off Iowa, 187-105.
Next up, the Cream and Crimson travel to Key Largo, Fla., over Dec. 30-Jan. 05 for the holiday training trip with a day of competition on Dec. 30 at the Orange Bowl Classic.