Indiana 9th After Two Days of NCAA Swim and Dive Championships
March 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Junior diver Darian Schmidt placed third on the 3-meter springboard and sophomore Steve Schmuhl set a new school record in the 400 individual medley for two Hoosier highlights on day two of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium at the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers are in ninth place with 151 points, their best scoring tally since 2008 when they finished 10th with 166 points. Michigan leads the field with 336 points followed by California (301.5), Arizona (234.5), USC (212) and Florida (196.5).
Indiana opened the evening session with a 14th-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as James Wells, Tanner Kurz, Cody Miller and Daniel Kanorr touched the wall in 1:26.13. Wells, Kurz, Miller and Kanorr finished 13th in prelims and earned a spot in the consolation final with the exact same time of 1:26.13.
Schmuhl picked up his first individual All-America honor with a fifth-place finish in the 400 individual medley. His time of 3:42.41 is the second-fastest time in Hoosier history. Schmuhl set a new school record of 3:41.98 in prelims, as it took an IU record to make the championship final. He bested his old mark of 3:42.70, set at last month's Big Ten meet. It took a 3:42.42 to make it back to the A final.
Senior Sam Trahin placed fifth in the consolation final and 13th overall with a time of 3:45.38 in his evening swim. Trahin earned his spot in the consolation final with a swim of 3:45.34 in prelims.
Miller swam the 100 breaststroke final but saw his time of 52.02 wiped off the board when he was called for an illegal kick. Miller's prelim time of 52.66 just got him in the championship final, where he tied for seventh. Mike Hurley placed 22nd in a time of 53.70, while Tanner Kurz finished 23rd in his first individual event at the NCAA Championships, clocking a time of 53.80.
Junior Eric Ress made his return to the backstroke at the NCAA meet by posting a third-place finish in 45.31. That is the fourth-fastest time in IU history, as Ress owns four of the fastest times in the Hoosiers' record book. Wells placed eighth in 47.09 for his first individual All-America honor.
Ress and Wells qualified sixth and eighth, respectively, for the championship final with Ress winning the final heat of the morning at 46.03 and Wells coming in third at 46.14.
Schmidt posted the best finish by an IU diver since 2001 with a third-place finish on the 3-meter springboard, tallying 425.50 points. That matches Tom Davidson's third-place finish on the 1-meter in 2001. It is the best 3-meter finish by a Hoosier since Mark Lenzi took second in 1990.
Junior Emad Abdelatif picked up his second honorable mention All-America honor with a 13th-place finish, tallying 349.60 points.
Schmidt needed a strong last dive to secure the eighth and final spot in the championship final, finishing with a score of 384.15 in prelims. Abdelatif also out together two strong dives to finish his prelim list and finish 15th for a spot in the consolation final with 346.35 points. Conor Murphy finished 29th with a score of 311.35, while Danton Rogers made his NCAA debut placing 35th (274.95).
400 Individual Medley 5. Steve Schmuhl - 3:42.41 (All-American; second-fastest time in school history) (3:41.98 prelims; School Record) 13. Sam Trahin - 3:45.38 (Honorable Mention All-American) (3:45.34 prelims)
3-Meter Diving 3. Darian Schmidt - 425.50 (All-American) (384.15 prelims) 13. Emad Abdelatif - 349.60 (Honorable Mention All-American) (346.35 prelims) 29. Conor Murphy - 311.35 35. Danton Rogers - 274.95
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