The Hoosiers wrap up their 2011-12 home schedule on Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon as they play host to the Louisville Cardinals. The IU men are 5-3 in dual meets this year, while the women have a record of 4-4. The men and women are coming off wins over rival Purdue last Saturday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Former Hoosier standout Alan Somers will be honored with the Marge Counsilman Service Award prior to the start of the meet. In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America rankings released on Jan. 25, the IU men are No. 11 and the IU women are No. 12. Louisville comes in at No. 12 on the men's side and No. 24 for the women.
About the Hoosier Women (4-4) The IU women are 4-4 on the season with wins over Kentucky, Michigan, Penn State and Purdue. 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 fourth-fastest time in the conference in the 100 back (53.40), while freshman Justine Ress ranks seventh (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.
Last Time Out The Indiana women's swimming and diving team had no trouble taking down rival Purdue, posting a 169-130 victory on Jan. 21 in front of a packed house at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Hoosiers took the win in a meet that was televised live on the Big Ten Network, the first-ever dual meet shown on the Network and the first time a swimming event has been shown live. The day began with the women's platform diving competition, as Amy Cozad was victorious with a score of 354.53. Laura Ryan placed second (336.15), with Kate Hillman fourth (268.13). Allie Day, Bronwyn Pasloski, Kim Tracey and Courey Schaefer took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.18. Indiana went 1-2-3 in the women's 1,000 free, won by Allysa Vavra in 9:51.23. Lindsay Vrooman was second (9:55.49-career best), with Lauren Jordan third (10:04.40-career best). It was another 1-2-3 for the Hoosiers in the 200 freestyle as Margaux Farrell continues to lead the Big Ten in the event with a time of 1:48.66. Brittany Strumbel was second (1:49.24) and Courey Schaefer third (1:49.51). Day picked up her first individual win of the meet in the 100 backstroke, taking it in 55.28. Justine Ress was right on her heels in 55.84, with Cynthia Pammett third (56.60). Pasloski was the top Hoosier in the 100 breaststroke, taking second in 1:03.22. Ashley Specht was third (1:03.99) and Afton Robertson fifth (1:06.07). Brenna MacLean was out-touched in the 200 fly, taking second in 2:01.49. Lindsay Vrooman was fourth (2:04.81) and Tracey fifth (2:05.62). In a sprint to the wall, Farrell was second in 23.43 over 50 yards, with Stephanie Armstrong fourth (23.70) and Pammett sixth (24.15). Gabby Agostino led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1-meter springboard competition, tallying 311.33 points. Ryan was second with 306.53 points, and Cozad third (304.88). Farrell's second individual win of the day came in the 100 free as she clocked a time of 50.52. Strumbel was second in 50.92, with Armstrong fourth (51.43). Ress led start-to-finish in the 200 backstroke, touching in 1:59.53. Day was second in 2:01.24, with Lauren Jordan fifth (2:03.36). Vavra cruised to her second win of the day with a time of 2:15.67 in the 200 breaststroke. Pasloski was second in 2:17.45, with Katelyn Ishee fifth (2:22.05). The fourth 1-2-3 finish of the day for Indiana came in the 500 freestyle with Strumbel first (4:50.51), Vrooman second (4:52.17) and Jordan third (4:54.20). Nikki White was next to the wall in fourth (4:56.29). It was second for MacLean in the 100 fly, clocking in at 56.56. Day was third in 56.76 and Tracey fourth (57.17). Vavra swam easily to her third win of the day, completing the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.84. MacLean took second in 2:06.51, with Pasloski third (2:06.93). In one of the tightest races of the day, Indiana edged Purdue in the 400 free relay, led by an anchor-leg charge from Farrell. Strumbel, Armstrong and Vrooman joined Farrell on the relay for a time of 3:22.27.
About the Hoosier Men (5-3) 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, Kentucky and Purdue. 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.
Last Time Out The Indiana men closed out their Big Ten dual meet season with a victory over rival Purdue in front of a packed house at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Jan. 21. The Hoosiers took a 166-134 victory in a meet that was televised live on the Big Ten Network, the first-ever dual meet shown on the Network and the first time a swimming event has been shown live. The meet began with the men's platform diving competition, won by Conor Murphy with a score of 378.83. Darian Schmidt was second (369.75), with Zac Nees third (345.45). The first swimming event of the day was the 400-yard medley relay, as James Wells, Cody Miller, Steve Schmuhl and Jim Barbiere touched the wall first in 3:16.77. In a race between a pair of Hoosiers, Patrick Scally held off Ryan Hinshaw in 9:26.21, with Hinshaw touching in 9:21.31. Alex Kotliarsky was fourth in 9:26.21. Barbiere pulled away from the field in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:37.98. John Schnittker was second (1:40.09), and Tyler Shedron fourth (1:40.58). Wells was victorious in the 100 back, touching the wall in 48.60. Mike Hurley was sixth (53.18). Miller took second in the 100 breaststroke (56.71), while Nicholas Schwab touched fourth (58.25). Schmuhl took the 200 fly by more than a body length in 1:47.73. Shedron was third (1:51.11) and Sam Trahin fourth (1:51.70). Daniel Kanorr's fifth-place time of 20.78 in the 50 free was tops for Indiana, with Andrew Taylor sixth (21.66). Barbiere out-touched Purdue's Matt Friede in the 100 free with a winning time of 44.98 to Friede's 45.03. Matt Gerth was sixth in 46.56. Wells was second in the 200 back (1:49.40) and Schmuhl fourth (1:49.98). Miller was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.31), followed by Trahin in third (2:04.73) and Schwab fourth (2:04.93). Hinshaw was the winner in the 500 freestyle (4:29.79), leading a 1-2-3 IU finish. He was followed by Barbiere in second (4:30.18) and Andrew Taylor in third (4:30.34). Schmuhl led a 2-3 Hoosier finish in the 100 fly, finishing in 49.91. Wells claimed the third spot (49.95), with Hurley sixth (51.05). Nees set a new collegiate pool record in the 1-meter springboard, tallying 420.90 points for the win. That is also the second-highest score in school history. Schmidt was second (355.65), with Mick Dell'Orco third (333.15). Miller was at the front of a 2-3 finish for IU in the 200 IM, posting a time of 1:51.40. Trahin was next in 1:52.49, with Hurley fourth (1:54.47). It was a fifth-place showing for Schwab (1:54.59).
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.