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Tamas Bessenyei
Tamas Bessenyei

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Szentes, Hungary

High School:
Horvath M. Gim

Event:
Breaststroke

Birthdate:
09/04/1980



2002-03: Honorable Mention All-American ... clocked a time of 54.17 in the 100 breast to place sixth in the NCAA Consolation Finals ... placed second in the 100 breast at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 53.99 ... 400 medley relay team took third place at Big Tens with a school-record time of 3:14.29 ... won the 50 breast at Kahanamoku Classic (25.59) ... posted wins in the 100 breast in meets against Cincinnati/Georgia Tech, Northwestern/Pittsburgh, Iowa, Miami (OH), Michigan State and at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet ... placed second in the 100 breast against Minnesota (55.07) ... collected six victories in the 200 breast against Indiana, Michigan, Cincinnati/Georgia Tech, Northwestern/Pittsburgh, Iowa, and at the Rainbow Invitational in Hawaii ... placed third in the 100 butterfly in meets against Michigan State and Notre Dame ... was runner-up in the 100 butterfly at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet (52.26) ... finished third in the 200 butterfly against Michigan and at the Rainbow Invitational ... clocked a 53.42 to finish second in the 200 butterfly against Notre Dame ... finished fourth with Louis Paul, Tad Sayce, and Jeremy Wright in the 200 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships (1:29.17) ... won with the 200 medley relay team against Cincinnati/Georgia Tech, Miami (OH) and at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet.

2001-02: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... two-event NCAA qualifier ... finished and scored in 15th place in the 100 breast at NCAA's with a time of 54.53 ... named NCAA honorable mention All-American for his 15th-place finish ... was 17th, narrowly missing the top-16 in a swim-off, in the 200 breast with a time of 1:58.76 at the NCAA Championships ... finished second in the 100 breaststroke at the 2002 Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 53.94 for an NCAA `A'-cut mark ... tallied a second `A'-cut time in the 200 with a third-place finish and a time of 1:57.37, also a season-best mark ... swam the breaststroke leg of both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that finished fifth and third, respectively, at the Big Ten meet ... both relays set season-best times and tallied NCAA `B'-cut marks ... second leg of the varsity record-setting 200 medley relay team with a time of 1:28.20.

2000-01: Reigning Big Ten Champion and record-holder in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.78 ... that time also broke the Purdue varsity 100 breast record previously held for four years by fellow countryman Vilmos Kovacs and was an NCAA `A'-cut time ... breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay that recorded a third-place finish and a school record of 1:28.34 at the Big Ten Championships ... earned a 15th-place finish in the 100 breast at the NCAA Championships for honorable mention All-America status ... tallied a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.36 for his second All-America honorable mention award ... earned a personal best during the 200 breast prelims of NCAA's ... set a pool record at Iowa in the 200 breast on Nov. 10, 2000 ... won his first collegiate race with a time of 22.41 in the 50 free against Vincennes on Oct. 27, 2000.

High School: 1997 long course Hungarian champion in the 100 meter breast with a time of 1:03.72 ... 1999 long course Hungarian champion in the 50 meter breast with a time of 28.87 ... finished fifth at the 1999 European Championships in the 50 meter breast and was a semifinalist in the 200 meter breast ... finished fifth in the 100 meter breast (1:03.82) at the Junior Swimming Championships in 1997 ... finished sixth in the 100 meter breast (1:04.16) at the Junior Swimming Championships in 1998 ... finished the 100 meter breast in 1:01.72 at the 1998 World Cup ... world-ranked in three events: 11th in the 50 meter breast (28.46); 53rd in the 100 meter breast (1:03.43); 31st in the 200 meter breast (2:16.49).

Personal: Born Sept. 4, 1980 ... given name is Tamas Bessenyei ... parents are Mihaly Bessenyei and Eva Varga ... has a younger sister, Agnes ... majoring in agricultural business management.