MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
A pair of records have already fallen by the wayside as the Indiana men's swimming and diving team opened competition at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, being held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Indiana is in fourth place with 58 points. Michigan leads with 80 points after winning both relay events. Ohio State is second with 68 points, followed by Minnesota (60).
"We had a good start with the medley relay, posting several good splits on that," said head coach Ray Looze. "The 800 free relay really closed out that session on a very high note with an A cut and two school records broken."
The Hoosiers opened the two-race night with a sixth-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Competing at his first Big Ten meet, James Wells led off with a 22.07 on the backstroke leg. Fellow freshman Cody Miller went 24.32 in 50 yards of breaststroke. Veterans Cody Weik and Bryan Chovanec anchored the group with Weik going 21.58 in the butterfly and Chovanec 19.37 in the freestyle.
The Hoosiers placed third in the 800 freestyle with a time of 6:21.81. In addition to being an NCAA A cut, that blew the previous school record of 6:27.69 out of the water. Eric Ress led off with a 1:34.67 which is two seconds faster than his previous career best and a new school mark, beating out the time of 1:35.50 set by Colin Russell in 2005.
Titus Knight dove in second and came away with a 1:35.05 on his split. Swimming the 200 free for the first time this season, Weik went 1:36.68 on the third leg. Jim Barbiere anchored the group with a time of 1:35.41
Darian Schmidt and Mick Dell'Orco competed in the synchronized diving exhibition event, finishing with 348.81 that put them in second place.
Swimming continues tomorrow at noon ET with prelims of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley 50 freestyle and 1-meter diving.