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Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Down Kentucky, 155-126

Oct. 25, 2010

The Indiana men's swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 155-126 victory over Kentucky Saturday morning at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Eric Ress touched the wall first on the opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay but the Kentucky A squad took the lead on the breaststroke leg. IU was 5/100ths of a second behind after the butterfly but the Hoosiers could not catch up as Ress, Tyler Lemert, Cody Weik and Bryan Chovanec took second with a time of 1:32.37, 7/100ths of a second behind Kentucky's winning time of 1:32.30.

Competing in his second 1,000 freestyle event in as many days, Illya Larin took an early lead and lapped the competition with a winning time of 9:20.14. That led a Hoosier sweep with Ryan Hinshaw second (9:25.88) and Brenden Butler third (9:28.98).

Titus Knight picked up his second win on the weekend in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.16, out-dueling teammate Ress who took second in 1:39.22. John Schnittker came on the final 50 yards to finish third in 1:42.96.

With backstroke specialist Ress not in the race, Doug Spraul led a 1-2-3 sweep at 51.16. James Wells was second (51.32) and Austin Steel third (52.45).

Cody Miller was the top Hoosier in the 100 breaststroke race at 58.25, while Lemert was third in 58.31.

Tyler Shedron's second victory this weekend in the 200 butterfly came in a time of 1:50.79. Jim Barbiere followed in 1:51.98, and Weik in 1:52.21.

It was Chovanec out-racing the competition in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.75, his second win in the event this season. Ante Zoricic was fifth at 21.24.

Knight's second win of the morning came in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.46. Zoricic was third (46.83) and Barbiere fourth (47.03).

With Ress sitting out his marquee event, the 200 backstroke, Doug Spraul chased down Kentucky's Anthony O'Driscoll over the final 50 yards to win in 1:51.71. Steel placed third (1:54.18) and Wells fourth (1:54.26).

Butler and Lemert battled from the start in the 200 breaststroke with Butler winning in 2:07.54 and Lemert second in 2:07.76. Sam Trahin was third at 2:08.79.

Larin took his second distance victory of the day in the 500 free with a winning time of 4:31.20. Hinshaw was second (4:32.55), Barbiere third (4:35.68) and Andrew Taylor fourth (4:37.43).

Ress and Shedron tied for the win the 100 butterfly at 51.19. Spraul finished third in 51.52.

David Piercy won his first event of the season, taking the 1-meter springboard at 354.90 points. Zac Nees was second (336.00) and Darian Schmidt third (333.68).

Ress' strong backstroke gave him the lead early in the 200 individual medley and he hung on for the win with a time of 1:51.67. Weik was second in 1:54.72, and Trahin fourth (1:56.96).

Indiana's A squad of Knight, Barbiere, Zoricic and Shedron had a half second lead at the halfway point of the 400 freestyle relay and that lead grew to more than two seconds after Zoricic's swim. Shedron brought the quartet home for a time of 3:03.26.

On the 3-meter springboard, Nees took second with 357.08 points, with Casey Johnson third (337.28) and Schmidt fourth (335.40).

Indiana will be back in the pool Nov. 5-6 as it plays host to swimming powers Texas and Michigan in a double dual meet.