MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
It came down to literally the difference of a fingertip in the 200 backstroke race as sophomore Eric Ress finished second in a school-record time at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Indiana finished the meet 18th with 61 points. California won the team title, tallying 493 points.
Ress broke his own school record, set this morning in prelims, with a time of 1:38.96, finishing just a touch behind Arizona's Cory Chitwood's time of 1:38. 84. Ress' time makes him the seventh-fastest individual in this event. It is the closest 200 backstroke finish at the NCAA meet since they starting timing to the 100th of a second.
Ress came out and made a statement in the morning prelims with a then-school record of 1:39.52. That was more than a second faster than the previous record of 1:40.85 set by Ben Hesen at the 2008 Big Ten Championships.
In the 200 breaststroke consolation final, freshman Cody Miller came out and put up a 1:55.01 to finish second in the heat and 10th overall. That is the third fastest time in school history. Miller now owns three of the five-fastest times in the IU ledger after clocking a 1:55.21 in the morning prelims to earn his place in the evening final. Miller was the only freshman to finish among the top 16 in the event.
In the 1,650 freestyle, sophomore Ryan Hinshaw bettered his career best with a time of 15:08.58 to finish 21st. Senior Illya Larin closed out his IU career by taking 17th in a time of 15:03.75, just missing out on the scoring.
Senior Cody Weik was second in his heat and 22nd overall in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:45.81.
In the 400 freestyle relay prelims, Indiana's quartet of senior Ante Zoricic, senior Titus Knight, sophomore Jim Barbiere and freshman James Wells placed sixth in their heat with a time of 2:57.91. That put them in a tie for 19th overall, matching times with Penn State.
200 Backstroke 2. Eric Ress - 1:38.96 (All-American; school record) (1:39.52 prelims; second-fastest time in school history)
200 Breaststroke 10. Cody Miller - 1:55.01 (All-American; third-fastest time in school history)(1:55.21 prelims; fifth-fastest time in school history.)