FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -
A new school record in the 400 IM and top-eight finishes in the 100 breaststroke and 3-meter diving propelled the Hoosiers to the top 10 in the standings at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
After two days of competition the Hoosiers are in 10th place with a total of 102 points. California continues to lead with 379.5 points, followed by Texas (343.5), Arizona (283), Stanford (277) and Michigan (199).
"The Hoosiers had a fantastic day," said head coach Ray Looze. "We sit in 10th place and we are going to keep the pressure on tomorrow in prelims to see if we can move up from where we are at."
The Hoosier quartet of James Wells, Cody Miller, Steve Schmuhl and Daniel Kanorr started things off Friday, finishing 13th in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:27.54. They qualified for the consolation final after posting a time of 1:27.10 in prelims.
Junior Sam Trahin put up a pair of record swims in the 400 individual medley, setting a new school record with a time of 3:44.37 to finish fourth. That topped the school record he had set in the morning prelims when he raced to the third-fastest time of the morning at 3:44.49. Entering the meet Trahin held a school record of 3:46.49, which he set at the Big Ten Championships last month. It is the first-ever All-America honor for Trahin in his first trip to the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Cody Miller earned All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 52.82, finishing seventh. That is the fifth-fastest time in school history. In his morning swim Miller put up a mar of 52.78, the fourth-fastest time in the IU record book.
It was a vast improvement in the race for Miller after he finished 28th at the 2011 NCAA meet.
Junior Jim Barbiere finished second in his heat and 23rd overall in the 200 freestyle prelims with a time of 1:36.14. Freshman Steve Schmuhl placed 34th with a prelim time of 1:37.11.
Sophomore James Wells finished 15th in the 100 backstroke after touching the wall in 47.58 in the consolation final. Wells advanced to tonight's session after finishing 10th in prelims, clocking in at 46.85.
Junior Zac Nees placed sixth in the 3-meter springboard competition with a final-round score of 380.00. Nees posted the fourth-highest score in school history in prelims at 432.40 to qualify second. Sophomore Darian Schmidt was one spot behind in seventh place, tallying 370.75 points. Schmidt was the seventh overall qualifier with a score of 396.95. Last year Schmidt finished 32nd in the 3-meter competition.
Sophomore Conor Murphy finished 25th with a score of 334.45, while junior Mick Dell'Orco was 34th (269.80). Dell'Orco gave everyone at the pool a scare when on his sixth and final dive of the prelims he hit his leg on the diving board, resulting in an incomplete dive. Dell'Orco was able to walk under his own power after the accident but was taken for x-rays as a precautionary measure.
Day two concluded with the 800 free relay as Barbiere, Schmuhl, Trahin and Wells placed 17th in 6:31.35. Barbiere's leadoff split of 1:35.95 is the fifth-fastest 200 free in school history.