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NCAA Div. I Men: Gophers Are Golden After Day One of Big 10 Champs -- March 1, 2002

BLOOMINGTON, IN., Feb. 28 -- The Gophers were golden this evening and as a result reside firmly atop the standings after Day 1 of the Big 10 men's swim
championships.

The meet is underway through Saturday at the new Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatics Complex on the campus of Indiana University, named for the Hoosiers' legendary swimming and diving coaches.

Coach Dennis Dale's Minnesota Golden Gophers are defending Big 10 champs and showed their strength this evening with a runner-up finish to Penn State in the opening 200 free relay, then a second, sixth and eighth in the 500 free; a fourth and seventh in the 200 IM; a seventh and eighth in the 50 free and a win the 400 medley relay.

Gopher Justin Mortimer, a soph who was fourth at NCAAs last season in the 1650 free (pr and school-record 14:47.82), clocked 4:18.06 in the 50 tonight to finish second behind Michigan's Dan Ketchum.

Ketchum, also a sophomore, swam a pr 4:16.30 -- the nation's fastest time this year -- to win. His time was an automatic NCAA cut.

In the 200 IM, Northwestern soph Anthony Swanson made a breakthrough with his initial Big 10 individual title, going a pr and schol-record 1:45.64. His old pr and Wildcat record was 1:46.46 from the prelims of last year's NCAAs.

Second was Michigan senior and defending Big 10 400 IM champ Tim Siciliano with a pr 1:46.97. Siciliano, a Southern California native, will be going for a record fourth-consecutive 400 IM title at NCAAs. His time knocked a second off his old pr of 1:47.84 from the 2000 Big 10s.

In the 50 free, Penn State's Robert Mollettiere came close to the Big 10 record of 19.60 with his 19.68 pr, while teammate Eugene Botes clocked 19.89 for second and Indiana's Clase Anderson picked up the bronze (pr 19.93).

Ohio State Buckeye Heath Knowling scored 342.15 to win the 1-meter board and Minnesota capped off the splashing with a 3:11.41 win inthe 400 medley relay
-- just six tenths off their Big 10 record 3:10.79 that won last year's championship.

Todd Smolinski, the Gophers' 100 back Big 10 record-holder, led off in 46.51; Jeff Hackler split 53.21 for the breast leg, Chad Krastins went 47.19 on the fly and anchor Allen Ong touched in 43.50.

Wisconsin gave chase and finished in 3:11.81 for second.

-- Bill Bell

2002 MEN'S BIG 10 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
COUNSILMAN/BILLINGSLEY AQUATIC COMPLEX
INDIAMA UNIVERSITY
BLOOMINGTON, IN., FEB. 28

25 Yd. Pool

TEAM RANKINGS (End 1st Day)

Place School
Points

1 University of Minnesota MINN
197
2 University of Michigan MICH
169
3 Penn State University PSU
157
4 Northwestern University NW
134
5 Indiana University IND
122
6 The Ohio State University OSU
108
7 University of Wisconsin WISC
94
8 Purdue University PURD
70
9 The University of Iowa IOWA
68
10 Michigan State University MSU
23


Results

Event 1 Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 1:18.49 2001 Minnesota
Dornelas, Massura, Butler, Ong
Pool: $ 1:19.11 1999 Penn State
NCAA: % 1:16.50 1999 Auburn
1:18.47 A
1:20.82 B
School Seed Finals
Points
===============================================================================
1 Penn State University 1:21.67 1:18.69$B
40
1) Botes, Eugene X JR 2) Molettiere, Robert J SR
3) Minnier, Todd J SO 4) Lutz, John T FR
9.58 19.91 9.00 19.17 9.29 19.78 9.19 19.83
2 University of Minnesota 1:20.60 1:19.09$B
34
1) Ong, Allen JR 2) Gettelfinger, Brian T SO
3) Silkaitis, Terry M FR 4) Smolinski, Todd F JR
9.72 20.09 9.27 19.60 9.17 19.33 9.41 20.07
3 University of Wisconsin 1:20.61 1:19.17 B
32
1) Rogers, Dale E SO 2) Marshall, Matt T SO
3) Coyne, Brendan M SR 4) Jones, Lance C SR
9.77 20.16 9.31 19.65 9.32 19.66 9.02 19.70
4 Indiana University 1:21.63 1:19.29 B
30
1) Ramsy, Dale SO 2) Andersson, Claes M SO
3) Payne, Michael A SO 4) Burgess, Nicholas M FR
9.66 20.02 9.12 19.52 9.06 19.71 9.38 20.04
5 University of Michigan 1:21.99 1:19.85 B
28
1) Kurth, Tony A JR 2) Raines, Matthew P SR
3) Watland, Jordan SR 4) Mangieri, Garrett I JR
9.91 20.46 8.96 19.30 9.26 19.88 9.89 20.21
6 Northwestern University 1:22.91 1:20.44 B
26
1) Swanson, Anthony M SO 2) Hamming, Mark G SO
3) Kennedy, Adam S SR 4) Barnes, Nicholas A SR
9.92 20.44 9.63 20.41 9.39 19.72 9.30 19.87
7 The Ohio State University 1:23.38 1:21.17
24
1) Cheney, Nick A SR 2) Carver, Dale T SR
3) Seay, Tommy C FR 4) Rees, Nicholas A JR
20.73 19.98 20.08 20.38
8 Purdue University 1:23.68 1:21.20
22
1) Duncan, Jonathan L SR 2) Wright, Jeremy R JR
3) Diaz, Javier SR 4) Crowley, Donovan D SR
20.91 19.78 20.23 20.28
9 Michigan State University 1:24.79 1:21.78
18
1) Hageman, Joel T SO 2) DeFauw, Nick Z JR
3) Shaffer, Scott D SR 4) Rigali, Michael C SO
20.99 20.10 20.42 20.27
10 The University of Iowa 1:23.28 1:21.86 14
1) Boyce, Alex J FR 2) Buys, Michael J SR
3) Prada, Andrei C SO 4) Snider, Jason R SO
20.82 20.21 20.41 20.42

Event 2 Men 500 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 4:15.55 1999 John Piersma, Michigan
Pool: $ 4:17.17 1999 Chris Thompson, Michigan
NCAA: % 4:08.75 1995 Tom Dolan, Michigan
4:19.72 A
4:27.51 B
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Finals
1 Ketchum, Daniel J SO Michigan 4:17.61 4:16.30$A
20
23.98 25.57 25.51 25.86 26.53 26.63 26.12 25.88
25.45 24.77
2 Mortimer, Justin B SO Minnesota 4:19.89 4:18.06 A
17
24.39 25.75 25.62 25.82 26.14 26.36 26.52 26.12
26.07 25.27
3 Hurd, Andrew G FR Michigan 4:21.09 4:18.73 A
16
24.49 26.35 26.17 26.39 26.45 25.99 26.15 26.26
25.76 24.72
4 Neligan, Brendan C FR Michigan 4:19.43 4:19.13 A
15
24.27 25.65 25.90 26.10 25.94 26.23 26.08 26.35
26.81 25.80
5 Schierhorn, Martin SR Penn State 4:21.29 4:21.31 B
14
24.28 26.46 26.40 26.46 26.19 26.40 26.33 26.39
26.38 26.02
6 Taylor, Matt M JR Minnesota 4:20.63 4:21.93 B
13
24.62 26.62 26.51 26.72 26.68 26.56 26.57 26.04
26.13 25.48
7 Shue, Michael C JR Northwestern 4:23.92 4:23.58 B
12
24.48 26.47 26.52 26.69 26.65 26.62 26.63 26.70
26.58 26.24
8 Crook, Brandon T SR Minnesota 4:22.53 4:28.52
11
24.43 27.01 26.96 26.95 27.21 27.00 27.15 27.32
27.41 27.08


Event 3 Men 200 Yard IM
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 1:46.02 1995 Jason Lancaster, Michigan
Pool: $ 1:46.48 1997 Matt Brown, Purdue
NCAA: % 1:42.85 2001 Nate Dusing, Texas
1:47.13 A
1:50.34 B
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Finals
1 Swanson, Anthony M SO Northwestern 1:45.77 1:45.64*A 20
22.87 26.10 31.29 25.38
2 Siciliano, Timothy SR Michigan 1:48.98 1:46.97 A
17
23.98 27.37 30.55 25.07
3 Hamming, Mark G SO Northwestern 1:47.73 1:47.58 B
16
23.34 26.84 31.27 26.13
4 Plummer, Ryan R SO Minnesota 1:47.47 1:47.59 B
15
23.62 26.41 31.52 26.04
5 O'Connor, Kellan P JR Northwestern 1:48.24 1:47.62 B
14
23.02 27.37 31.26 25.97
6 Coyne, Brendan M SR Wisconsin 1:48.62 1:48.61 B
13
23.36 27.54 32.57 25.14
7 Smolinski, Todd F JR Minnesota 1:48.54 1:49.02 B
12
22.81 26.12 33.65 26.44
8 Haupt, Matthew R JR Penn State 1:48.60 1:50.30 B
11
23.44 28.02 32.24 26.60



Event 4 Men 50 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 19.60 2000 Ricardo Dornelas, Minnesota
Pool: $ 19.75 1999 Brian Hostetler, Penn State
NCAA: % 19.07 2000 Roland Schoeman, Arizona
19.74 A
20.33 B
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Finals
1 Molettiere, Robert SR Penn State 19.82 19.68$A
20
9.63 10.05
2 Botes, Eugene X JR Penn State 19.89 19.89 B
17
9.64 10.25
3 Andersson, Claes M SO Indiana 19.97 19.93 B
16
9.70 10.23
4 Kennedy, Adam S SR Northwestern 20.05 19.96 B
15
9.77 10.19
5 Ramsy, Dale SO Indiana 20.05 20.09 B
14
9.67 10.42
6 Raines, Matthew P SR Michigan 20.11 20.18 B
13
9.73 10.45
7 Ong, Allen JR Minnesota 20.18 20.19 B
12
9.69 10.50
8 Gettelfinger, Bria SO Minnesota 20.14 20.41
11
10.12 10.29

10.05 10.76

Event 5 Men 1 mtr Diving
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 598.98 1994 P.J. Bogart, Minnesota
Pool: $ 381.15 2000 Mike Collier, Indiana
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Finals
1 Knowling, Heath P JR Ohio State 330.15 342.15
20
2 Klami, Timo W SO Iowa 292.20 339.10
17
3 Richeson, Mitchell FR Ohio State 259.45 331.90
16
4 Coben, Jason J SO Michigan 276.10 317.90
15
5 Carlton, Marc R SO Indiana 273.50 316.70
14
6 Chrisander, Simon SR Iowa 298.10 315.05
13
7 Monson, Christophe SR Ohio State 270.95 293.70
12
8 Hazes, Adam J JR Indiana 278.50 264.10
11
-- Laskowski, Justin FR Michigan State 231.70


Event 6 Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
===============================================================================
Big Ten Meet: @ 3:10.79 2001 Minnesota
Smolinski, Hackler, Krastins, Massura
Pool: $ 3:14.31 1999 Minnesota
NCAA: % 3:05.37 2001 Texas
3:12.44 A
3:18.21 B
School Seed Finals
Points
===============================================================================
1 University of Minnesota 3:15.07 3:11.41$*A 40
1) Smolinski, Todd F JR 2) Hackler, Jeff C JR
3) Krastins, Chad S SR 4) Ong, Allen JR
11.03 22.55 34.92 47.51 10.95 24.51 38.85 53.21
9.56 21.41 34.10 47.19 9.37 20.47 31.91 43.50
2 University of Wisconsin 3:13.58 3:11.81$A
34
1) Coyne, Brendan M SR 2) Jones, Lance C SR
3) Marshall, Matt T SO 4) Rogers, Dale E SO
10.93 22.76 35.37 47.72 10.44 24.08 38.60 53.79
9.59 21.41 33.73 47.03 9.12 20.06 31.60 43.27
3 Purdue University 3:19.41 3:15.36 B
32
1) Paul, Louis L FR 2) Bessenyei, Tamas SO
3) Sayce, Edward W JR 4) Duncan, Jonathan L SR
11.65 23.81 36.62 49.44 10.89 24.44 39.08 53.66
9.84 21.85 34.88 48.14 9.71 20.71 32.39 44.12
4 Indiana University 3:18.25 3:15.64 B
30
1) Leach, Matthew M SO 2) Schulze, David R JR
3) Halasz, Murph S FR 4) Andersson, Claes M SO
11.52 23.48 36.43 49.15 11.01 24.84 39.59 54.07
9.80 22.35 35.49 48.46 9.68 20.95 32.60 43.96
5 Penn State University 3:20.60 3:15.84 B
28
1) Weaver, Joshua D SR 2) Zucca, Mark S FR
3) Creager, Brent R JR 4) Minnier, Todd J SO
11.42 23.54 36.48 48.92 11.55 25.64 40.54 55.46
10.03 22.32 34.85 47.74 9.49 20.56 32.23 43.72
6 University of Michigan 3:19.48 3:16.16 B
26
1) Watland, Jordan SR 2) Hopwood, Jeffrey C JR
3) Kurth, Tony A JR 4) Mangieri, Garrett I JR
11.22 23.31 36.33 49.74 11.18 25.01 39.25 54.03
9.69 22.05 34.85 48.69 9.69 20.80 32.24 43.70
7 Northwestern University 3:19.28 3:16.20 B
24
1) Swanson, Anthony M SO 2) McCracken, Aaron M SO
3) O'Connor, Kellan P JR 4) Barnes, Nicholas A SR
11.33 23.38 35.72 48.15 11.30 25.58 40.35 55.48
9.75 21.87 34.53 47.68 9.76 21.35 33.03 44.89
8 The Ohio State University 3:20.33 3:16.84 B
22
1) Petrovic, Ivan SR 2) Oliva, Carlos SR
3) Rees, Nicholas A JR 4) Carver, Dale T SR
11.77 24.13 37.11 49.84 11.57 25.82 40.55 55.35
9.52 21.32 34.40 47.70 9.61 20.75 32.44 43.95
9 The University of Iowa 3:20.52 3:19.72
18
1) Ciurca, Andrei R FR 2) Prada, Andrei C SO
3) Snider, Jason R SO 4) Boyce, Alex J FR
11.88 24.51 37.96 51.09 11.03 24.78 38.88 54.04
9.68 21.98 34.87 48.30 9.64 21.32 33.73 46.29
-- Michigan State University 3:24.21 DQ
1) Sunryd, Karl G JR 2) Baicy, Joe P JR
3) Sloan, David J JR 4) Shaffer, Scott D SR
11.22 23.38 1:00.35