Hoosiers 10th at NCAA Championships
March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - A pair of second-place finishes and a third top-eight showing propelled the Indiana Men's Swimming and Diving team to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
The Hoosiers finished with 141 points, its third-straight top-10 finish and 25th overall.
Senior Eric Ress got the night started right with a second-place finish in the 200 backstroke, clocking in with a school-record time of 1:38.69. That bests his previous mark of 1:38.89 set at last month's Big Ten Championships. It is the second runner-up finish in the event for Ress as he also took second in 2011.
Ress entered the evening as the second seed in the 200 backstroke, swimming a 1:39.25 to win the final heat. That is the fourth-fastest time in school history. James Wells also swam the final heat, finishing 39th overall in 1:43.87.
With today's swims, the top five times in Indiana history in the 200 backstroke, all from Ress, are under 1:40.
Senior Cody Miller recorded Indiana's second runner-up finish of the night, taking second in the 200 breaststroke for his highest finish ever at the NCAA meet. Miller clocked a time of 1:51.82, which is the second-fastest in IU history behind his record of 1:51.03.
Miller raced out to the second seed in the 200 breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:51.85 in the last prelim heat. That is the third-fastest time in school history and gives Miller all three IU times under 1:52.
The night was capped off with junior Steve Schmuhl as he finished seventh in the 200 butterfly in 1:43.17. That is the second-fastest time in school history and his second All-America honor of the meet.
Schmuhl took down his second school record of the meet, posting a 1:43.10 in the 200 butterfly, good for eighth and a spot in the championship final. That bests his previous mark of 1:43.33 set at the Big Ten Championships last month.
Schmuhl now has the five-fastest swims in IU history in the 200 butterfly. It goes along with his record-breaking performance in the 400 individual medley on Friday night.
200 Breaststroke 2. Cody Miller - 1:51.82 (second-fastest time in IU history; All-American) (1:51.85 prelims; third-fastest time in IU history)
200 Butterfly 7. Steve Schmuhl - 1:43.17 (second-fastest time in IU history; All-American) (1:43.10 prelims; School Record)
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