BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Two more Big Ten titles, five school records and coach of the year honors were just some of the highlights for the Indiana men's swimming and diving team on the final day of competition at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The Hoosiers placed second with 664 points, nearly 200 points ahead of third-place finisher Ohio State despite the fact the Hoosiers had two relays disqualified in the event. Michigan won its third-straight conference crown with 899 points. The Buckeyes tallied 470 points, with Minnesota fourth (378) and Purdue fifth (328).
After capturing three individual titles and setting two Big Ten Conference records, junior Cody Miller was named the Swimmer of the Championships. Junior diver Darian Schmidt shared Diver of the Championships honors, while Dr. Jeff Huber was named the Diving Coach of the Year for the ninth time on the men's side.
Jim Barbiere took sixth in the 1,650 freestyle, becoming just the second Hoosier to break the 15-minute barrier with his school-record time of 14:56.79. That takes nearly two seconds off the previous mark of 14:58.02 set by Sergiy Fesenko in 2006. Ryan Hinshaw was 11th with a time of 15:07.00, followed by Ryan Downey in 15:16.08. Grayson Smith was 26th in a career best 15:30.90, while Brent Aarons also posted a career time, finishing 27th in 15:35.19.
Eric Ress was out-touched at the wall in the 200 backstroke, finishing second in a season-best 1:40.22. That is an automatic cut for the NCAA Championships and the third-fastest time in school history. James Wells placed sixth in 1:42.22. Ress was the top qualifier in prelims with a 1:40.29. That is the fourth-fastest time in school history. Wells qualified fourth with a career best of 1:41.33, just off the NCAA A Cut by 2/100ths of a second but good enough for the sixth-fastest time in IU history.
Daniel Kanorr can now make claim to the fastest Hoosier as he set a new school record in the 100 free with a time of 43.21, besting his own mark of 43.36 set in prelims this morning. That was good for fifth place in the championship race. It goes along with his school record in the 50 free set earlier at this meet. Matt Gerth finished 41st (45.18), while Jacob Kelzer (48th-45.65) and Kyle Johnson (57th-46.13) both set new career marks.
Miller wowed the crowd with his third individual championship of the meet and his second Big Ten record, crushing the old mark in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:51.03. That is the second-fastest time in NCAA history, second only to Arizona's Kevin Cordes who went 1:50.73 earlier this year. It beat the old Big Ten mark by nearly two seconds (1:52.93). It was the second time today Miller set the school record as he went 1:53.50 in prelims, now the second-fastest time in the IU record books. It was Miller's third-straight Big Ten title in the 200 breaststroke, and he is 6-for-6 in the breaststroke events at the Big Ten meet.
Steve Schmuhl got in on today's record breaking, setting a new school mark in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:43.53 in prelims. That is 2/10ths of a second faster than the previous record set by Todd Patrick in 2008. He went on to finish second in the championship final with a time of 1:43.55, now the second-fastest time on the school ledger. Michael Mohler finished 33rd with a career-best time of 1:52.77, besting his previous mark by nearly three seconds.
Conor Murphy captured his first Big Ten title by winning the platform with a school-record score of 495.55. The previous record for a Hoosier at the Big Ten meet was 458.50, while the overall record for a Hoosier was 475.25 set by Mike Collier in 1996.
Murphy led from start to finish, opening the six-round event with a score of 91.20. He ended with a flourish as a perfect rip entry on his back 2 ½ somersault with 1 ½ twists in the pike position netted five perfect 10s and a score of 96.00.
Not to be overshadowed, senior Casey Johnson capped his Big Ten career with a second-place finish, tallying a career-best 441.50 points. It is the first time in his career he has broken the 400-point threshold on any of the three diving disciplines. George Andrews placed eighth, tallying a score of 342.05.
Emad Abdelatif posted a career-best score of 386.55 to finish 11th in the field, with Danton Rogers right behind in 12th with a career-best 362.80 points. Mick Dell'Orco just missed the consolation final, placing 17th (326.90), while Andrew Hull was 20th (314.80-Career Best) and Bryce Ogden 22nd (278.35-Career Best).
The night ended with the 400 freestyle relay, but the Hoosiers were disqualified with a pair of early takeoffs.
2. Eric Ress - 1:40.22 (NCAA A Cut; third-fastest time in school history) (1:40.29 prelims; NCAA A Cut; fourth-fastest time in school history)
4. James Wells - 1:42.22 (NCAA B Cut)(1:41.33 prelims; NCAA B Cut; fifth-fastest time in school history)
1. Cody Miller - 1:51.03 (NCAA A Cut; Big Ten Record; Big Ten Meet Record; 2nd-fastest time in NCAA history ) (1:53.50 prelims; NCAA A Cut; 2nd-fastest time in school history)
3. Tanner Kurz - 1:55.24 (NCAA B Cut; Career Best) (1:56.39 prelims)
6. Sam Trahin - 1:55.44 (NCAA B Cut; Career Best) (1:55.61 prelims)
10. Mike Hurley - 1:56.21 (NCAA B Cut; Career Best) (1:56.83 prelims)
18. Ian Boggs - 1:58.01 (NCAA B Cut; Career Best) (1:58.41 prelims)
20. Nicholas Schwab - 1:58.73 (NCAA B Cut; Career Best) (1:59.25 prelims)
2. Steve Schmuhl - 1:43.55 (Second-fastest time in school history) (1:43.53 prelims; NCAA B Cut; New School Record)
33. Michael Mohler - 1:52.77 (Career Best)