Bloomington, Ind.--The Indiana Hoosiers got a big win over Ball State tonight, 153-90. IU showed off its diversity by swimming many Hoosiers in events other than what they usually swam.
"This takes the pressure off them," said head coach Dorsey Tierney. "They're not worried about the times if it's an event they don't usually swim. Plus, we're a very versatile team. This is the most versatile team I've ever coached."
IU showed that versatility by claiming nine of thirteen events. Sara Reiling continued her dominance over the diving boards, sweeping both the one- and three-meter (six dives) events with scores of 288.90 and 313.42, respectively. Jen Cristy was also a double individual winner for the Hoosiers. In her first attempt at the 200-yard Individual Medley this season, Cristy took first in a time of 2:06.54 posting the Hoosiers best time in the event this season by almost three seconds. Cristy also won the 100 free (50.96), and was on IU's first-place 400 medley relay team. Colleen McCracken, Megan Geers and Tina Gretlund joined Cristy to win the 400 Medley Relay in a time of 3:55.45.
Many other Hoosiers claimed individual victories for the team. Amanda Noblet won the 1000 free in her first attempt this season (10:33.47). Gretlund posted a season best in the 200 free, and took first with her 1:54.71 finish. Libbie McCarthy led the Hoosiers 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 back. McCarthy's time of 2:08.84 was ahead of Noblet and McCracken. Megan Ryther claimed the 500 free victory, posting the Hoosier's best time of the season in the event (5:05.80).
IU has no time off as they will host the University of Cincinnati tomorrow in a coed dual meet. The meet is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in the Counsilman/ Billingsley aquatics center. For a change of pace, tomorrow's meet will be raced on a 25-meter course, as opposed to the 25-yard course the Hoosiers usually swim in. This is the first time a short meter course will be used at an IU meet.