Indiana, Michigan Meet in Big Ten Swim and Dive Showdown
Jan. 5, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams may have a bit of revenge on their minds when they take on Big Ten foe Michigan in a dual meet Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center beginning at 11 a.m. Admission to the meet is free.
This marks the final home meet for the men as seniors Brenden Butler, Bryan Chovanec, Bart Ginocchio, Titus Knight, Illya Larin, Tyler Lemert, Doug Spraul, Ante Zoricic and David Piercy will be honored prior to the start. The women will recognize Ashley Jones, Ashley Kranz, Brittney Feldman and Heidi Mahnken.
The programs have already met once this season, with the men posting a 150-150 tie, and the IU women dropping a hotly-contested dual to the Wolverines, 188-182. That matchup in October came down to the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Michigan edging out Indiana by a second in the race.
The Michigan men enter the dual meet ranked No. 8 in the TRY/College Swim Coaches Association of America Dual Meet Poll, with the Hoosiers in the No. 14 spot. Since the last meeting Indiana has posted 43 NCAA Championship provisional times, including Eric Ress' mark of 46.71 in the 100 backstroke which is the third-fastest time in the nation. Ress has the second-fastest time in Division I in the 200 backstroke after clocking a 1:41.87 in the 200 backstroke at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in December.
Chovanec is in the top 30 nationally in the 50 free with his NCAA provisional mark of 20.12, also set at the U.S. Short Course Nationals. Ryan Hinshaw has a top-30 time in the 500 freestyle, as does Larin in the 1,650 free. Freshman Cody Miller ranks No. 23 in Division I in the 200 breaststroke with his time of 1:59.06 that was good for 12th place at the U.S. Short Course Nationals.
Freshman diver Darian Schmidt, a product of Bloomington South High School, as already posted NCAA Zone qualifying numbers in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Schmidt has the top score among all Hoosiers in the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 384.40 that was good for first place in a double dual meet with Penn State and Virginia. Schmidt's score of 398.90 on the 3-meter springboard is second on the squad this year. Piercy is the only Hoosier to top 400 points on the 3-meter with a score of 406.05 to finish first at Virginia.
The Indiana women are ranked No. 14 in the TYR/CSCAA Dual Meet Poll, with the Wolverines one spot behind at No. 15. The Hoosiers have posted 65 NCAA provisional times since the last meeting with Michigan, including a time of 7:09.49 in the 800 free relay, the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Brittany Strumbel has the fastest time of the season for IU in the 200 free with a mark of 1:45.48. That is the fourth-fastest time in school history and is tied for eighth nationally this season. Teammate Margaux Farrell has the 14th fastest time in Division I in the event at 1:45.63.
Nikki White ranks 10th in the nation in the 500 freestyle (4:41.67), with Strumbel 21st. White is 16th nationally in the 1,650 free (16:18.47), while Taylor Wohrley in 19th in the 100 backstroke (53.55) and 15th in the 200 backstroke. Allysa Vavra continues to make strides in her events, ranking 16th in the 200 individual medley (1:59.15) and 13th in the 400 IM (4:10.69).
The quartet of Strumbel, Farrell, Wohrley and Sara Delay rank 11th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:19.44), while Farrell, Strumbel, White and Wohrley have the fifth-fastest time in Division I in the 800 free relay.
Diver Gabby Agostino continues to build upon her Big Ten champion performance of a year ago. She has posted NCAA Zone qualifying scores on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, with team-best marks of 322.35 on the 1-meter and 366.10 on the 3-meter. Freshman Laura Ryan has made an immediate impact, already posting zone-qualifying scores in the 1-meter (304.30) and 3-meter (302.50). Amy Cozad has been the top performer on the platform with an NCAA Zone score of 279.50.
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