The Hoosiers and Boilermakers square off in their annual dual meet this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET in Bloomington at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The IU men are 4-3 in dual meets this year, while the women have a record of 3-4. The Indiana women are No. 8 in the most recent CSCAA Top 25, while the Purdue women come in at No. 18. On the men's side, IU is ranked No. 10, Purdue No. 20.
The Series (Women) Since the turn of the century, the Hoosiers have dominated the series with Purdue, winning nine of 11 meetings: 2010-11 - Purdue 161, IU 139 (in West Lafayette) 2009-10 - IU 166.5, Purdue 133.5 (in Bloomington) 2008-09 - IU 210, Purdue 159 (in Bloomington) 2007-08 - IU 186, Purdue 114 (in West Lafayette) 2006-07 - No dual meet 2005-06 - IU 177, Purdue 123 (in Bloomington) 2004-05 - IU 151, Purdue 141 (in West Lafayette) 2003-04 - IU 169, Purdue 123 (in Bloomington) 2002-03 - IU 198, Purdue 102 (in West Lafayette) 2001-02 - IU 183.5, Purdue 114.5 (in Bloomington) 2000-01 - IU 159, Purdue 141 (in West Lafayette) 1999-00 - Purdue 154, IU 146 (in Bloomington)
The Series (Men) Since 1999-00, the Indiana men have gone 9-3 against the Boilermakers, including a 166-134 win last year in West Lafayette. 2010-11 - IU 166, Purdue 134 (in West Lafayette) 2009-10 - Purdue 176, IU 124 (in Bloomington) 2008-09 - IU 156, Purdue 144 (in West Lafayette) 2007-08 - IU 143, Purdue 100 (in Bloomington) 2006-07 - Purdue 125, IU 118 (in West Lafayette) 2005-06 - IU 134, Purdue 108 (in Bloomington) 2004-05 - IU 144, Purdue 97 (in West Lafayette) 2003-04 - IU 134, Purdue 107 (in Bloomington) 2002-03 - IU 127, Purdue 116 (in West Lafayette) 2001-02 - IU 136.5, Purdue 106.5 (in Bloomington) 2000-01 - Purdue 131, IU 112 (in West Lafayette) 1999-00 - IU 147, Purdue 94 (in Bloomington)
About the Hoosier Women (3-4) The IU women are 3-4 on the season with wins over Kentucky, Michigan and Penn State. The losses have come against Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan. Indiana swimmers have five of the top six times in the Big Ten this season in the 200 freestyle, led by Margaux Farrell's mark of 1:44.47 set at the Georgia Invitational. Brittany Strumbel ranks second (1:45.18), with Nikki White third (1:46.84), Courey Schaefer fifth (1:47.09) and Allysa Vavra sixth (1:47.46). Farrell (4:38.79), Strumbel (4:40.18) and White (4:41.29) are also currently 1-2-3 in the 500 free among Big Ten swimmers. Taylor Wohrley currently holds the top time in the conference in the 100 back (53.40), while freshman Justine Ress ranks fourth (54.07). It is Ress who leads the Big Ten in the 200 back (1:54.41), while Wohrley is third (1:55.51) and Dorina Szekeres sixth (1:56.44). Vavra looks to continue her domination in the individual medley events. She set a new school record in the 200 IM at the Georgia Invitational with a time of 1:56.80. That is tops in the Big Ten by nearly three seconds. Vavra's top time in the 400 IM of 4:04.60, also recorded at the Georgia Invitational, is the third fastest in school history and tops in the conference by nearly nine seconds. After this weekend's meet with Purdue, the Hoosiers have just one more tune-up prior to the Big Ten Championships. They will host Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 28 (12 p.m. ET).
About the Hoosier Men (4-3) After an early-season stumble against national powers Michigan and Texas, the Hoosier men bounced back with two-straight dual meet victories (Penn State, Virginia) and a fifth-place finish at the Georgia Invitational. They also have wins over Tennessee and Kentucky this year but recently picked up a loss at Michigan. Junior Ryan Hinshaw currently ranks second in the Big Ten in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:19.01. He is also the top Hoosier in the 1,650 free, and sixth overall among conference swimmers (15:16.38). Freshman Steve Schmuhl leads the Hoosiers and ranks fourth in the Big Ten in the 200 back with a time of 1:44.51. Schmuhl is also fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:36.50) and 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:24.86). The defending Big Ten Champion in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, sophomore Cody Miller currently has the fastest time in the Big Ten in the 100 breast at 53.20. His 200 breast time of 1:57.12 is also tops in the league. He could also make noise in the 200 IM at Big Tens this season, where he currently has the fourth-fastest time in the league (1:46.59). Sophomore James Wells continues to show improvement and currently has the fourth-fastest time in the Big Ten in the 100 back at 47.61. Junior Daniel Kanorr leads the way in the sprint events and ranks eighth in the conference with a time of 20.12 in the 50 freestyle.
Cozad, Ryan Earn National Title Junior Amy Cozad and sophomore Laura Ryan teamed up to win a national title in the synchronized platform competition at the 2012 USA Diving Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. in December. Cozad and Ryan were in first place after the morning semifinal round, tallying 311.16 points, 13.86 points ahead of second-place finishers Jessica Parratto and Anna James. In the evening final they held off the team of Haley Ishimatsu and Mary-Beth Dunnichay, finishing with 632.70 points. Ishimatsu and Dunnichay followed with 626.58 points. By virtue of their finish the pair earned a spot on the U.S. team at the FINA World Cup, Feb. 20-26 in London, England. It is the second USA Diving national title for Cozad this year. In August she teamed with former Hoosier Amy Korthauer to win the same event at the AT&T Summer National Diving Championships.
Vavra Earns Spot on National Team Indiana University senior Allysa Vavra has earned a spot on the 2011-12 USA Swimming National Team thanks to an outstanding performance as the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in August 2011. Vavra earned her spot on the team in the 400-meter individual medley thanks to a time of 4:42.45 set at Nationals and good four an overall finish of fourth. The national team is comprised of the top six athletes in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2011 FINA World Championships, 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2011 World University Games. Vavra is the defending Big Ten Champion in the 400-yard individual medley and is the Big Ten record holder with a time of 4:04.30, set at last year's NCAA Championship meet. Representing the U.S. at the 2011 Pan Am Games in October, Vavra earned her first international medal with a bronze in the 400-meter IM, posting a time of 4:48.05.
Big Ten Produces Big Time Divers Of the 14 athletes representing USA Diving at the 2012 FINA World Cup, six are from Big Ten schools: Amy Cozad, Laura Ryan and Christina Loukas - Indiana David Boudia - Purdue Kelci Bryant - Minnesota Katie Bell - Ohio State Loukas, Boudia and Bryant were all on the 2008 Olympic team Also, two of the five coaches on the official World Cup coaching staff are Big Ten coaches (Indiana's Dr. Jeff Huber and Purdue's Adam Soldati). The FINA Diving World Cup is February 20-26 in London. It's an Olympic qualifier and the top international meet of the year outside of the Olympics themselves. The competition will be held in the Olympic pool.
Looze Coaches U.S. Squad at Duel in the Pool Indiana head coach Ray Looze served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming for the men's squad at the 2011 Duel in the Pool, Dec. 17-18 in Atlanta, Ga. The men easily out-distanced their European All-Star counterparts, winning 100.5-30.5. The U.S. women set America records in the 50-meter backstroke (Natalie Coughlin), 100-meter backstroke (Coughlin), 200-meter butterfly (Kathleen Hersey), 400-meter freestyle relay and set a world record in the 400-meter medley relay. Davis Tarwater set an American record for the men in the 200-meter butterfly Combining the men and women's scores, the United States easily defeated the European All-Stars, 181.5-80.5.
About The Coaches Ray Looze enters his seventh year at the helm of both the men and women's swimming programs and his 10th year of mentoring the men at Indiana University. Looze has guided the women to four Big Ten titles in his seven years at the helm of the program and led the men to a Big Ten crown in 2006. Diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber is in his 23rd season at Indiana. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on 13 occasions (six for women's and seven for men's) and has coached student-athletes to 41 Big Ten titles and 18 Big Ten Divers of the Year in his 22-year tenure at IU.