Men's Swim Dive Vs Kentucky 2006
Mike Westphal is entering his first season as associate head coach for men's and women's swimming and his 11th season overall at Indiana. For the past four years he has served as assistant head coach for men's swimming.
Westphal takes the reigns as the lead coach for the men's team, concentrating on the training of the distance and middle distance group.
Westphal has led the training for the distance group, with the 2012-13 season one of its most successful with a Big Ten title in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle for Lindsay Vrooman. Vrooman went on to finish fifth in the 500 freestyle and third in the 1,650 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She posted new school records in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free. On the men's side, Jim Barbiere took up the 1,650 free in his final season at IU, placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships and 11th at the NCAA Championships. His time of 14:54.08 at the NCAA meet set a new school record, while his 14:56.79 at Big Tens ranks second in IU history. Barbiere also posted three of the four fastest times in IU history in the 500 free during the 2012-13 season.
As a team, the 2012-13 Hoosier men finished second at the Big Ten Championships and ninth at the NCAA meet, the best finish for the Indiana men since 1980.
In 2010-11, the Indiana women captured their third-straight Big Ten title, winning individual crowns in the 200 IM (Allysa Vavra), 400 IM (Vavra), 200 butterfly (Brittany Barwegen) and the 800 free relay. The Hoosiers also took home 21 All-America certificates at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
On the men's side, Indiana tallied a second-place finish at the Big Ten meet, led by Big Ten individual titles from Eric Ress (100 backstroke) and Cody Miller (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke). Ress set a new meet record in the 100 back (45.11), while Miller's winning time in the 200 breaststroke was the second-fastest time in school history (1:54.16).
At the NCAA meet, Ress went on to earn runner-up finishes in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, and the Hoosiers took All-America honors in the 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 breaststroke.
In 2009-10 Westphal was part of a staff that saw the women's program win its second-straight Big Ten Championship title and third in the last four years. Kate Fesenko became the first IU female swimmer to win an NCAA individual title when she smashed the school and Big Ten record in the 200-yard backstroke. In addtion, Taylor Wohrley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. On the men's side, Aaron Opell won the Big Ten title in the 200-yard breaststroke and went on to earn All-America honors in the event. Sprinter Bryan Chovanec was a runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle at Big Tens.
As the Hoosiers' distance coach the last seven seasons, in 2009 Westphal helped tutor Nikki White to a Big Ten title in the 500 free and placed two swimmers (Allison Kay, White) in the top-10 of the 1,650 free at the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers took four of the top five spots in the event at the Big Ten Championships, where IU won its second team title in a three-year period.
In 2008, Westphal saw J.K. Koehler earn All-America honors in the 1,650-yard freestyle and top finishes from Alex Brunfeldt (500 free, 1,650 free) and Koehler (1,650 free) at the Big Ten Championships. Westphal also accompanied former IU distance standout Sergiy Fesenko and 2008 All-American Kate Zubkova to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China as a member of the Ukrainian coaching staff.
Prior to his stint with the Rebels, he served for two seasons (2000-02) as an assistant swim coach at the University of Pacific under Looze. In 2002, the Pacific men's and women's teams won Big West Conference titles, and the women's squad placed 15th at the NCAA Championships.
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