School Record, NCAA Provisional Marks Highlight Day 1 of Georgia Invitational
Dec. 2, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - A new school record from senior Allysa Vavra in the 200-yard individual medley and numerous NCAA provisional marks highlighted day one of competition for Indiana University swimming at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The Indiana men sit in third with 177 points, while the wome are fourth with 170.5 points. The meet continues through Sunday.
The Hoosier women finished fifth in the 200 free relay with Margaux Farrell, Brittany Strumbel, Stephanie Armstrong and Taylor Wohrley combining for an NCAA B time of 1:31.72. On the men's side, Daniel Kanorr, Cody Miller, James Wells and Jim Barbiere took fourth in 1:21.32, also an NCAA provisional mark.
Junior Ryan Hinshaw has been pulling double duty for the Hoosiers. After finishing 14th in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. Winter Nationals Thursday with an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 3:56.37, Hinshaw came back to place third in the 500-yard freestyle with an NCAA B cut of 4:19.01. Barbiere was seventh in 4:24.40, also an NCAA B cut. Freshman Steve Schmuhl got his first NCAA provisional time in the event, posting a 4:24.86 in prelims and placing eighth in the final (4:28.98).
Farrell led the IU women in the 500 freestyle A final with a third-place finish, posting a time of 4:38.79 (NCAA B cut). Strumbel was sixth (4:40.18-NCAA B cut), while Nikki White won the consolation final with an NCAA provisional time of 4:41.29.
Allysa Vavra led Indiana in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:56.80, setting a new school record and posting an NCAA B cut for a third-place finish. Vavra topped her previous time of 1:57.01, set at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Kim Tracey placed 12th in 2:00.83, also an NCAA provisional time.
On the men's side, Miller took second in the 200 IM with a season best and NCAA B cut of 1:46.59. Schmuhl was 13th in 1:50.07. In a 200-yard individual medley time trial, Sam Trahin posted an NCAA B cut of 1:48.68.
Farrell was the top Hoosier finisher in the 50 free (22.92, NCAA B cut), while Strumbel was 17th in the prelims in 23.18. Farrell's time of 22.60 in the prelims is just outside the Hoosiers' all-time top five. Kanorr placed 10th in the men's race (20.12-NCAA B cut), while James Wells was 16th (20.86).
In the final event of day one, Wohrley, Ashley Specht, Stephanie Armstrong and Farrell placed fourth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:37.76 (NCAA B cut). Wells, Miller, Schmuhl and Barbiere paced the Indiana men to a fourth-place finish in 3:14.38 (NCAA B cut).
Also taking place this weekend is the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Ga. Current, former and future Hoosiers are in Atlanta, Ga. this week competing at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The meet runs through Saturday evening.
Freshman Dorina Szekeres finished 27th in the prelims of the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:58.27. Former Hoosier All-American Ben Hesen was 19th in the 100-meter backstroke (56.94) and 47th in the 100-meter butterfly (55.72). Eric Ress, who is taking this year off to prepare for the Olympic Trials, was 10th in the 100-meter backstroke (55.71) and 39th in the 200 freestyle (1:53.04).
Afton Robertson was 73rd in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:14.85). Kate Fesenko, a 2010 NCAA Champion for the Hoosiers, placed 19th in the 100-meter butterfly (1:01.13) and 29th in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:03.82. Future Hoosier Brooklyn Snodgrass was 33rd in the event (1:03.86), while Szekeres was 48th (1:04.60). Former Hoosier All-American Kevin Swander was 14th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.23).
On Thursday, Snodgrass was 57th in the 200-meter individual medley (2:21.38), and Hesen was 37th in the men's race (2:06.49).
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