Men's Swimming



    Aaron Opell  
    Aaron Opell

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Newburgh, Ind.

    High School:
    Castle

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 180

    Event:
    Breast/IM

    Birthdate:
    12/03/1987


    01/25/2007

    Men's Swim Dive Vs Missouri 2006-07

    Men's Swim Dive Vs Missouri 2006-07

    10/31/2006

    Men's Swim Dive Vs Kentucky 2006

    Men's Swim Dive Vs Kentucky 2006

    JUNIOR YEAR (2008-09)

    Earned a spot on the USA Swimming national team with a fifth place finish in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2009 World Championship Trials ... posted a time of 2:12.09 in the final, but swam a 2:11.23 in a swim-off to get in the final, which is the second-fastest time in school history ... also took 12th in the 400-meter IM in a school-record time of 4:22.07, and 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.23) ... finished second at the U.S. Open in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:10.63, the second-fastest time in school history ... also took seventh in the 400-meter IM (4:26.99), ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.59) and 13th in the 200-meter IM (2:03.23) ... earned All-Big Ten honors with a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships in a career-best time of 1:56.24 ... placed 14th in the 200 IM (1:48.40), with a career-best time of 1:47.21 in the prelims ... took 20th in the 400 IM (3:57.27) ... put up a career time of 55.51 in the 100 breast in a dual meet win over Evansville ... also took second in the 200 breast and 200 IM at the meet ... won the 100 breast and 200 breast in dual meet wins over Kentucky and Northwestern ... also took the 400 IM title against Northwestern ... fifth in the 200 breast (2:02.10) in a double dual with Missouri and Ohio State ... fourth in the 200 IM in a dual meet win at Purdue ... 10th in the 200 IM in a double dual against Texas and Michigan ... won the 400 IM with an NCAA B time of 3:52.22 at the Hoosierland Open ... named honorable mention Scholar All-American by the CSCAA.

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (2007-08)

    Set a then-school record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:24.69 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. ... ninth in the 400-yard individual medley at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 3:51.30 and posted a career-best time of 3:50.78 in the prelims ... also competed in the 100-yard breaststroke (28th) and 200-yard breaststroke (34th) ... recorded a time of 55.88 in the 100 breast in a dual meet against Purdue ... seventh in the 100 breaststroke in a dual meet victory at Tennessee ... seventh in the 200-yard butterfly and eighth in the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley at Michigan ... brought home a fifth-place finish in the 200 backstroke at Kentucky ... eighth in the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke at the Hoosierland Open ... recorded a pair of top-15 finishes in the 200 fly (11th) and 200 back (12th) against No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Michigan ... opened the season by finishing sixth in the 200 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 backstroke at Missouri ... posted an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:03.91 in the 100-meter breaststroke and 2:07.29 in the 200-meter IM at the Toyota Grand Prix ... sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the USA Swimming Sectionals.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2006-07)

    Finished in the points in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 13th and 15th, respectively ... also took 18th in the 200-yard individual medley ... had Indiana's fastest time of the season in the 400 IM entering Big Tens ... finished the season in IU's top five in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast on the year ... had a breakout meet against Missouri, dropping more than 10 seconds off his previous career-best times in the 200 breast and 400 IM ... had the fastest times in both events, but swam both as exhibitions ... turned in an NCAA "B" cut in the 200 breast on the year ... jumped into Indiana's all-time top 20 in the 200 breast and 400 IM with those performances ... also finished the year in the top 20 in the 200 IM.

    PREP/PERSONAL

    Seven-time All-American ... helped Castle High School to four consecutive conference championships and a pair of sectional titles, earning all-state recognition in the 200 IM in 2006 ... four-time all-conference selection ... two-time team MVP ... conference record holder in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 500 free ... also set sectional record in the 500 free ... swam for the Newburgh Sea Creatures club team ... also competed at the International Age Group Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... attended the Indiana Championships from 1997-05, earning several state titles ... participated in Knights for Books, which is a reading program for elementary children ... graduated with an Academic Honors diploma ... is the cousin of Jacob and Josh Tudela, former members of the seven-time national champion IU soccer team ... son of Daniel and Teri Opell ... born Dec. 10, 1987.

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