IU Men Take 2nd at B1G Swim and Dive Championships
March 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team closed out the 2014 Big Ten Championships on a high note with conference titles from Eric Ress, Cody Miller and Conor Murphy en route to a second-place finish at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The host Wolverines took the championships with a total of 889 points. Next were the Hoosiers with 564 points, with Ohio State (515), Minnesota (378) and Penn State (349.5) rounding out the top five.
Ress, Miller Murphy and Darian Schmidt were first-team All-Big Ten honorees, while Drew Johansen was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year in his first season at IU. Schmidt also took home Big Ten Diver of the Championship honors for the second-straight year.
The Hoosiers will now look to the NCAA Championships, March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Ress capped his Big Ten backstroke career in record-setting fashion, posting a new school and Big Ten meet record with a time of 1:38.89. That tops his previous mark of 1:38.96 set at the 2011 NCAA Championships where he finished second. James Wells took seventh in the race at 1:43.53, but put up a prelim swim of 1:41.33, which is an NCAA A cut and tied his career best.
Miller joined Michigan's Mike Barrowman (1988-91) as the only swimmers in Big Ten history to win four-straight conference titles in the 200 breaststroke with his winning time of 1:52.58 tonight. That is the second-fastest time in IU history, just behind his school record of 1:51.03 set at last year's Big Ten meet. Mike Hurley finished seventh in 1:56.19.
Tanner Kurz took fourth in the consolation final and 12th overall with a time of 1:57.24 in his evening swim. Marijn van Zundert's career best of 2:02.32 was good for 29th, while Blaine Nichols was right behind with his personal best of 2:02.34, placing 30th.
The first swimming event of the final night was the 1,650 free, where in the earlier heats Bradley Stamper went a career best 15:21.92 to finish 14th overall. Grayson Smith also recorded a career best, touching the wall in 15:28.69 for a 16th-place finish.
Anze Tavcar picked up important points for the Hoosiers by winning the consolation final of the 100 free in a career best 43.54. Yianni Thermos took 22nd with a time of 45.08 in the C final after posting a career best 44.65 in prelims.
Sam Lorentz took third in his prelim with his career best of 45.30, placing him 44th. Jackson Miller put up a career mark of 45.01, taking the 35th spot. Kyle Johnson opened with a win in heat one, posting a career best of 45.78, a finish of 50th in the field.
Steve Schmuhl finished third in the 200 butterfly, bettering his own school record in the event by 2/10ths of a second with a 1:43.33. His time of 1:43.55 from prelims is the third fastest in school history. Max Irwin was seventh in the consolation final with a time of 1:46.80, just off his career best of 1:46.13 from prelims.
Murphy added to IU's gold medal haul on Saturday with a score of 434.85 to win the platform diving competition. Murphy had moved up to second after four rounds. He tallied 81.60 points on his fifth dive, but still trailed the leader heading into the final round. A solid sixth-round dive gave Murphy his second-straight platform title and a sweep of the diving events for Indiana.
Andrew Hull took third in the consolation final with a score of 351.50, good for 11th overall. Danton Rogers finished 13th in the standings after scoring 319.60 points in consols, while George Andrews was 17th (310.00). Joshua Arndt finished 23rd with a score of 191.25.
An outstanding day of action for IU was capped off by a school record in the 400 freestyle relay as Tavcar, Ress, Wells and Miller went 2:54.07, chopping more than a second off the old mark.
200 Backstroke 1. Eric Ress - 1:38.89 (School Record; Big Ten Meet Record; NCAA A Cut) (1:40.39 prelims; NCAA A Cut) 7. James Wells - 1:43.53 (1:41.33 prelims; Matches Career Best; NCAA A Cut) 18. Bob Glover - 1:46.53 (Career Best) (1:46.84 prelims) 22. Curtis Goss - 1:48.17 (1:46.69 prelims; Career Best)
100 Freestyle 9. Anze Tavcar - 43.54 (Career Best; NCAA B Cut) (43.69 prelims; NCAA B Cut) 22. Yianni Thermos - 45.08 (44.65 prelims; Career Best) 35. Jackson Miller - 45.01 (Career Best) 44. Sam Lorentz - 45.30 (Career Best) 50. Kyle Johnson - 45.78 (Career Best)
200 Breaststroke 1. Cody Miller - 1:52.58 (Second-fastest time in IU history; NCAA A Cut) (1:53.78 prelims; fifth-fastest time in IU history; NCAA A Cut) 7. Mike Hurley - 1:56.19 (NCAA B Cut) (1:56.73 prelims; NCAA B Cut) 12. Tanner Kurz - 1:57.24 (NCAA B Cut)(1:57.50 prelims; NCAA B Cut) 29. Marijn van Zundert - 2:02.32 (Career Best) 30. Blaine Nichols - 2:02.34 (Career Best)
200 Butterfly 3. Steve Schmuhl - 1:43.33 (School Record; NCAA B Cut) (1:43.55 prelims; third-fastest in IU history; NCAA B Cut) 15. Max Irwin - 1:46.80 (NCAA B Cut) (1:46.13 prelims; NCAA B Cut) 21. Joe Powell - 1:49.07 (1:48.36 prelims; Career Best) 25. Michael Mohler - 1:48.95 (Career Best)
Platform Diving 1. Conor Murphy - 434.85 (376.30 prelims) 11. Andrew Hull - 351.50 (338.10 prelims) 13. Danton Rogers - 319.60 (294.95 prelims) 15. George Andrews - 310.00 (279.25 prelims) 23. Joshua Arndt - 191.25
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