IU Climbs to 11th After 2 Day at NCAA Championships
March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Top-eight finishes from Steve Schmuhl, Cody Miller and Darian Schmidt, as well as a consolation final win for James Wells have bumped the Hoosiers up to 11th place after two days of action at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
The Hoosiers currently have 95 points and are just one point out of a top-10 spot.
Schmuhl had the Hoosiers on their feet as for the second time today he lowered his own school record, going 3:40.64 in the championship final of the 400 individual medley to finish fourth overall. That tops his previous mark of 3:41.24 set in prelims and is more than a second better than his record coming into the NCAA meet of 3:41.98 set at last year's NCAA Championships.
Schmuhl is an All-American in the event for the second-straight year after finishing fifth a year ago. Both times today were more than two seconds faster than his seed time of 3:43.55 and he now owns the five fastest times in school history.
Miller earned All-American honors in the 100 breaststroke for the second time in his career, finishing sixth in 52.09. That is the fourth-fastest time in Indiana history, as Miller own all five top times. He qualified 10th overall for the evening session after swimming a 52.42 in prelims.
Wells won the 100 backstroke consolation final to place ninth overall with a time of 45.90. That was 2/100ths of a second faster than his prelim swim.
Eric Ress just missed out on a scoring opportunity, coming in 18th in prelims with a time of 46.41.
Darian Schmidt capped off his collegiate career with a sixth-place finish on the 3-meter springboard, scoring a total of 379.35 points. Schmidt's prelims score of 426.30 qualified him second for the championship final and is the fifth-highest score in school history.
Emad Abdelatif picked up his second honorable mention All-America honor of the meet, placing 15th in the 3-meter with a score of 326.35. Abdelatif advanced to the consolation final after finishing 15th in prelims with a score of 364.65.
In the final event of the night, Schmuhl, Jackson Miller, Ress and Irwin posted an 11th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:21.88. That ranks fourth on the all-time Hoosier list.
The quartet of Wells, Miller, Max Irwin and Anze Tavcar recorded a time of 1:26.11 in the 200 medley relay in the morning swim, finishing 17th and just 1/100th of a second out of the consolation final.
Saturday's final day of competition will include the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1,650 freestyle, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.
400 Individual Medley 4. Steve Schmuhl - 3:40.64 (School Record; All-American)(3:41.24 prelims; second-fastest time in school history)
100 Breaststroke 6. Cody Miller - 52.09 (All-American) (52.42 prelims)
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