FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -
It was a fast start for the Indiana men's swimming and diving team with one school record and a pair of top-five times on day one of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The Hoosiers are currently 12th with 40 points but sit just three points outside the top 10. California leads after day one with 157.5 points, followed by Stanford (140), Texas (128.5), Arizona (118) and Auburn (106.5).
"This was a fantastic first day for the Hoosiers," Looze said. "The goal is to score everybody and to keep trying to move up. Tomorrow morning we need to have a great preliminary session so we qualify some good points for finals."
Junior Jim Barbiere moved up four spots from his prelim finish, taking 12th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:17.69. That is the third-fastest time in school history. Barbiere made it back to the consolation final with a career-best time of 4:17.45 in prelims. That is the second-fastest time in school history. Freshman Steve Schmuhl finished 40th with a time of 4:25.68.
Sophomore Cody Miller raced out to a school-record time of 1:44.02 in the 200 individual medley to finish second in the consolation final and 10th overall. That is a new school record, topping the mark of 1:44.07 set by Eric Ress at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Miller qualified for the consolation final after posting a then-career best of 1:44.66 to finish 12th in prelims.
Junior Sam Trahin went a career best 1:46.37 to finish third in his heat and 30th overall.
Junior Mick Dell'Orco was in the Hoosier spirit as he wore his candy striped pants and IU basketball jersey for the introduction of the 1-meter diving finalists. He then went out and earned his first All-America honor with a eighth-place finish, tallying 366.45 points.
In the consolation final, Darian Schmidt finished 12th overall with a score of 370.45. Just three-tenths of a point behind was Zac Nees in 13th, tallying 370.10 points. In prelims, it was Nees qualifying 10th (344.40) and Schmidt 12th (342.30).
The evening ended with the 400 medley relay as James Wells, Miller, Schmuhl and Barbiere went 3:11.07 to finish 13th. Daniel Kanorr swam the anchor leg in the morning prelims, where the Hoosiers finished 15th in 3:12.43.
500 Freestyle 12. Jim Barbiere - 4:17.69 (third-fastest time in school history) (4:17.45 prelims; career best; second-fastest time in school history) Honorable Mention All-American 40. Steve Schmuhl - 4:25.68