Ress' 11th-Place Finish in 100 Back Leads Hoosiers at NCAA Championships
March 27, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A top-12 finish in the 100 backstroke from freshman Eric Ress led the way for Indiana on day two of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Student Rec Center in College Station, Texas. The Hoosiers are currently 28th with 11 points.
Ress placed third in the consolation final and 11th overall with a time of 46.52. He qualified for the evening session after posting a time of 46.46 in the morning prelims. That is a lifetime best for Ress and breaks his own USA Swimming 17-18 age group record. His previous best of 47.38 was set at the Big Ten Championships and broke the record then held by Michael Phelps.
"It was a great job by Eric," said head coach Ray Looze. "He wasn't ranked very high going in, so for him to get into the consols was a great swim this morning. Even though he didn't go faster (in the evening), I saw some things that were better. I am so proud of him, and it certainly gives him a lot of confidence leading into his better event, the 200 back.
The freshman's finish is an impressive one considering he was ranked 32nd among the competitors heading into the meet. It also makes Ress an All-American for the first time in his young career.
Cody Weik finished seventh in his heat and 20th overall in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:48.09. That is the third-fastest time in school history and gives Weik two of the three-fastest Indiana times. He also holds the school record of 3:46.95 set at last month's Big Ten Championships.
Competition concludes on Saturday with Ress in the 200 backstroke, Matt Lenton in the 100 freestyle, Weik in the 200 butterfly, and Marzullo and Altman-Kurosaki in platform diving.
"We want to make tomorrow our best day," Looze said.
400 Individual Medley
20. Cody Weik - 3:48.09 prelims
11. Eric Ress - 46.52 (46.46 prelims) - All-American
20. Landon Marzullo - 343.45 prelims
23. Linus Altman-Kurosaki - 327.60 prelims
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