Men's swimming and diving team upsets Buckeyes, climbs to No. 8


Swimmers launch off the starting block during a backstroke heat on Saturday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. IU defeated Ohio State, 163-137, and Missouri, 239-61. Buy Photos

In a meet against Ohio State that IU coach Ray Looze described earlier in the week as one the Hoosiers needed to create upsets in order to win, the men’s swimming and diving team did just that – downing the No. 10 conference rival as well as Missouri on Saturday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

While it seems senior Matt Lenton can’t decide what he wants his school record in 50-meter freestyle to be, he is doing exactly what Looze expects of him: getting faster. For the second consecutive week, Lenton broke the IU record, setting it at 19.82 seconds.

“I have great teammates who push me each week,” the Australian-born sprinter said. “It has been a mix of training and becoming aware of my own potential. I’m not afraid to race anyone anymore, which is a big bonus.”

Lenton’s goal by the NCAA Championships in March is 19.4 seconds in the event, 2.1 seconds faster than when he started the season.

With the Hoosiers’ 239-61 thumping of Mizzou and 163-137 thriller over the Buckeyes, IU climbed six spots in the rankings to No. 8, while OSU remained No. 10 and Missouri dropped to No. 25.

IU travels south to Evansville on Saturday to take on the Purple Aces.

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