Hoosiers Wrap Up Competition at AT&T U.S. Short Course Nationals
Dec. 4, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Putting up among the five fastest times in school history in the men's 200 backstroke and the women's 400 freestyle relay, the Indiana men's and women's swimming teams wrapped up competition at the AT&T USA Swimming Short Course Nationals Saturday night.
Indiana placed four swimmers in the women's 200 backstroke championship and consolation finals, led by Taylor Wohrley who finished ninth in a time of 1:56.23. She posted a season-best and NCAA B cut of 1:55.25 in the prelims. Ashley Jones was 10th (1:58.05), also posting a B time in the prelims (1:56.89). Kim Tracey took 13th with a season best 1:57.27 (NCAA B cut), while Allysa Vavra was 15th (1:57.37-NCAA B cut).
Eric Ress put up the third-fastest time in school history in the 200 backstroke, clocking a 1:41.87 to finish fifth. That is just 3/10ths of a second off an NCAA auto time and a second off the school record of 1:40.85 set by Ben Hesen in 2008. Hesen also competed in the championship final where he finished ninth (1:44.43). Doug Spraul finished 13th over all in 1:45.89, while posting a season best of 1:45.41 in the prelims (B cut).
Margaux Farrell took 10th in the 100 free (49.53) and posted a season best of 49.28 (NCAA B cut) in the prelims. Brittany Strumbel took 14th (49.59), also posting an NCAA B cut and season best in the morning session (49.56). For the men, Ante Zoricic took 23rd (44.66) and Titus Knight 29th (45.25).
Vavra was the top Hoosier in the 200 breaststroke, coming in 19th (2:14.69) and posted a season best and NCAA provisional time of 2:12.93 in the prelims. Bronwyn Pasloski was 25th with her season best time of 2:15.87 (NCAA B cut), while Katelyn Ishee was 29th (2:17.86).
Cody Miller became the first male Hoosier to post an NCAA B cut in the 200 breaststroke this season, finishing 12th with a time of 1:59.06.
Both Brittany Barwegen and Brenna MacLean went under two minutes in the prelims of the women's 200 butterfly with Barwegen going 1:59.50 and MacLean 1:59.87. Both are NCAA B cuts. In the evening session Barwegen finished 17th (2:00.12) and MacLean 19th (2:01.23).
Nikki White closed out her meet with a fourth-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle, posing an NCAA B cut of 16:18.47. Lindsay Vrooman also hit the NCAA provisional cut with a time of 16:36.86, good for 15th place.
In the final event of the day, Strumbel, Farrell, Wohrley and Sara Delay took fifth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:19.44. That is an NCAA B cut and ties for the fourth-fastest time in school history. Zoricic, Knight, Ress and Jim Barbiere tallied a sixth-place finish in the men's 400 free relay with an NCAA provisional time of 2:58.31, a season best.
On day two of the Hoosierland Open at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center, Afton Robertson dropped 10 seconds off her season best time in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:40.13. Michael Mohler won the men's event in 4:07.62, while Nicholas Schwab clocked in at 4:08.54.
Guinevere Vanden Noort took three seconds off her season best in the 200 free with a winning time of 1:54.10. Justine Jones also went a season best at 1:54.38. Robertson was three seconds faster than her previous season best in the 100 breaststroke with a winning time of 1:06.80.
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