March 25, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
Sophomore Eric Ress' runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke highlighted the Hoosiers' second day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Indiana sits in 20th place after two days with a tally of 37 points. California is the meet leader at 352, with Texas (288.5) and Stanford (278.5) rounding out the top three.
The championship concludes tomorrow with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, platform diving and the 1,650 freestyle.
Ress touched the wall in 45.14, the third-fastest time in school history and just a tenth of a second behind champion Tom Shields of California. The sophomore now owns the second, third and fourth-fastest times in IU history in the event. Ress earned his spot in the championship final as the third-fastest qualifier in the morning prelims, going 45.74 in the morning race. At his first NCAA meet in 2009, Ress placed 11th in the 100 backstroke.
Ress took the runner-up spot despite having to alter his training due to a broken right hand, an injury that occurred exactly four weeks ago tonight during the championship final of the 100 back at the Big Ten Championships. He won that race in a time of 45.11, a Big Ten meet record and the second-fastest mark in school history.
Ress and Michigan's Kyle Whitaker (400 individual medley) have the top finishes by Big Ten swimmers so far at this meet.
Senior David Piercy earned his first career All-America honor in his final collegiate event, winning the consolation final for an overall finish of ninth in the 3-meter springboard competition with a score of 381.20. Piercy moved up six spots in the consolation final after placing 15th in the prelims with a score of 364.10. Freshman Darian Schmidt took 32nd with a prelim score of272.60.
The Hoosiers opened the evening session with the consolation final of the 200 medley relay. Freshman James Wells, freshman Cody Miller, senior Cody Weik and senior Ante Zoricic combined for All-America honors, finishing 16th in a time of 1:28.63.
Indiana made its way into the consolation final of the 200 medley relay, finishing 16th in the prelims with a time of 1:27.14. Ress took the relay out in 21.44 in the backstroke, followed by a split of 24.54 by Miller on the breaststroke. Wells clocked a 21.46 in the butterfly. Zoricic anchored with a split of 19.70 on the 50 freestyle.
Weik represented the Hoosiers in the 400 individual medley, finishing 24th overall and third in his heat with a time of 3:48.57. That is just off his career best of 3:48.31 set at the Big Ten meet last month.
Senior Titus Knight was the top Hoosier finisher in the 200 freestyle, placing fourth in his heat and 29th overall with a time of 1:36.34. Sophomore Jim Barbiere put up a time of 1:37.59, putting him 42nd.
Miller, the Big Ten champion in the 100 breaststroke, finished 28th with a time of 54.17.
In addition to Ress in the 100 backstroke, Wells placed 27th with his prelim mark of 47.65.
The day ended with the 800 freestyle relay as Ress, Knight, Barbiere and Weik paced IU to a 13th-place finish with a time of 6:26.88. That is the second-fastest time in school history, behind the school record of 6:21.81 set by the same four swimmers last month at the Big Ten Championships.
200 Medley Relay
16. Indiana (Wells*, Miller, Weik^, Zoricic) - 1:28.63 (All-American) (1:27.14 prelims; season best)
*In the morning prelims Eric Ress swam the backstroke leg; ^ in the morning prelims James Wells swam the butterfly leg.
400 Individual Medley
24. Cody Weik - 3:48.57
29. Titus Knight - 1:36.34
42. Jim Barbiere - 1:37.59
28. Cody Miller - 54.17
2. Eric Ress - 45.14 (All-American; third-fastest time in school history) (45.74 prelims)
27. James Wells - 47.65
800 Freestyle Relay
13. Indiana (Ress, Knight, Barbiere, Weik) - 6:26.88 (All-American; second-fastest time in school history).
9. David Piercy - 381.20 (All-American) (364.10 prelims)
32. Darian Schmidt - 272.60