Men's Swim and Dive Finishes 9th at NCAA Championships
March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Scoring the most points since 1975 and its highest finish since 1980, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team capped off the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a ninth-place finish Saturday night at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis.
The Hoosiers posted their best finish since 1980, when they also finished ninth. The 201 points is the most scored since 1975 when IU tallied 274 points for a second-place finish.
Fellow Big Ten school Michigan won the team title with 480 points. California placed second with a score of 406.5, followed by Arizona (313.5), USC (289) and Texas (288).
Swimming in the early heats, senior Jim Barbiere posted the fastest time ever by a Hoosier in the 1,650 freestyle, placing 12th in 14:54.08. That betters his previous school record of 14:56.79 set at last month's Big Ten Championships. Barbiere owns the two fastest times in IU history despite the fact he did not start competing in the event until this year. That is the best finish by a Hoosier in the event since Sergiy Fesenko finished 10th in 2006.
Junior Eric Ress placed fifth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:39.92. That is the third-fastest time in school history and came in a race where second through fifth place were separated by just .62. Ress now owns the five-fastest times in IU history in the event.
With a strong underwater kick in his final 25, Ress easily pulled away from the field in prelims to win his heat in 1:40.26. That is the fifth-fastest time in school history. Junior James Wells swam in the same heat, finishing 30th overall in a time of 1:43.72.
Senior Daniel Kanorr wrapped up his collegiate career with a time of 43.61 in the 100 freestyle. That is just outside the all-time top-five for IU and placed him 33rd overall in the field.
Junior Cody Miller posted his second top-four at the NCAA meet with a fourth-place result in the 200 breaststroke. His time of 1:53.29 is the second-fastest time in Indiana history. Arizona's Kevin Cordes set a new American record in the same heat with a blistering 1:48.68. Prior to today, no collegiate swimmer had ever gone under 1:50.7 in the event.
Miller made the championship final field after posting a 1:54.16 in prelims, tying his own mark for the sixth-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Mike Hurley placed 22nd overall (1:56.69), with freshman Tanner Kurz a spot behind in 23rd (1:56.73) and senior Nicholas Schwab 39th in 2:01.52.
Coming off his record-setting performance in the 400 individual medley yesterday, sophomore Steve Schmuhl finished just out of the points in the 200 butterfly, placing 22nd in 1:44.62.
Junior Conor Murphy finishes third in the platform competition, his highest-ever finish at the NCAA meet. Murphy totaled 422.15 points for the best IU finish on platform since Mark Lenzi took second in 1990.
Tonight marked a bittersweet moment for IU Diving as head coach Dr. Jeff Huber coached at his last NCAA Championships. Dr. Huber will officially retire from coaching this August. In his final go-round at the NCAA meet, Huber had three divers place in the top three between the men's and women's meets.
1,650 Freestyle 12. Jim Barbiere - 14:54.08 (Honorable Mention All-American; School Record)
100 Freestyle 33. Daniel Kanorr - 43.61
200 Butterfly 22. Steve Schmuhl - 1:44.62
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