Blake Pieroni qualifies for the championship final of the 200 freestyle.
James Connor finishes 4th, Michael Hixon 5th on the 1-meter at the NCAA Championships
Hoosiers finish just out of the scoring in both relays.
Hoosiers sending 11 swimmers and two divers to Iowa City.
Jackson Miller, Steve Schmuhl, Mike Hurley, Ali Khalafalla, Anze Tavcar, Blake Pieroni and Tanner Kurz will represent the Hoosiers at the meet.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2013-14)
Finished 16th in the 200 breaststroke at the 2014 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships (2:15.19) ... Placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with a time of 54.22 ... followed with a 12th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke after clocking a 1:57.24 ... 41st in the 50 freestyle (20.66-career best) ... eighth in the 50 free in a dual with Texas and Michigan (21.03) ... seventh in a dual with Tennessee/Kentucky (21.17) and sixth at Cal (21.28) ... went a season best 53.56 in the 100 breaststroke in a last chance meet at Georgia Tech ... fifth in the 100 breast vs. Louisville (55.70) ... third vs. Kentucky/Tennessee (56.05) and fourth vs. Texas/Michigan (56.28) and Iowa/Missouri (56.30) ... 25th in the 200 breaststroke at USA Swimming Winter Short Course Nationals (2:01.06) ... fifth in the 200 breast vs. Iowa/Missouri (2:03.09) ... fourth in the same event vs. Purdue (2:05.59) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
FRESHMAN (2012-13)Swam prelims of the 400 medley relay at the 2013 NCAA Championships ... the team went on to finish ninth in finals for honorable mention All-America honors ... 14th in the 200 medley relay (1:26.13) ... placed 23rd in the 100 breaststroke (53.80) ... also took 23rd in the 200 breaststroke (1:56.73) ... placed third in the 200 breaststroke at the 2013 Big Ten Championships with a career-best time of 1:55.24 ... also took sixth in the 100 breaststroke (53.28) ... his prelim time of 53.09 is a career best ... 18th in the 200 individual medley with a career time of 1:47.84 ... swam breaststroke on the 200 medley relay that finished third in a new school-record time of 1:25.15 ... 30th in the 100 breaststroke and 48th in the 200 breaststroke at the 2012 USA Swimming Winter Short Course Nationals ... third in the 100 breast in a dual meet win at Louisville ... also took second in the 100 breast in a victory at Purdue ... second in the event vs. Kentucky/Tennessee ... 11th in the 200 breaststroke in a dual meet win over Ohio State/Iowa.
PREP/PERSONALMember of the Navy JROTC program ... active rank of Lieutenant Commander ... selected as executive officer of the Delaware Military Academy Leadership Program ... member of the National Honor Society ... DMA Distinguished Honor Roll ... selected for Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Delaware Conference ... selected as state representative to HOBY World Conference ... United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award ... 4-H member ... Business Professionals of America member ... three-time member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team ... NISCA All-American ... four-time Delaware Swimmer of the Year ... four-time all-state selection ... two-time state champion in the 200 freestyle relay ... led Delaware Military Academy to the league titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... team captain as a senior ... holds five USA Swimming national age group records ... national age group-ranked in all four strokes ... holds Delaware state high school records in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley ... holds seven Delaware Military Academy individual records and shares three relay records ... also earned two letters in baseball ... parents are Gordon and Christine Kurz ... twin brother Seth formerly swam for IU ... born April 24, 1993.
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