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NO. 11 INDIANA AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 22-25, 2012
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Iowa City, Iowa
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana heads to the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 22-25 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Last year Indiana finished second at the Big Ten meet with 604 points. Michigan is the defending champion.
The meet begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22 with one session beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Thursday, Feb. 23-Saturday, Feb. 25, the morning session will begin at 12 p.m. ET, and the evening final session at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Live results will be available at www.HawkeyeSports.com.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana looks for a repeat top-two finish at the Big Ten meet but will have to do so without one of the top swimmers in the country.
Eric Ress has taken the 2011-12 season off to prepare for the French Olympic Trials. The trials take place the same week as the NCAA Championships.
Back for the Hoosiers is sophomore Cody Miller. Miller took the conference by storm last year, winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
Junior Ryan Hinshaw is ready to continue his move up the Big Ten ladder in the distance events. He finished fourth int he 500 free last year and fifth in the 1,650 freestyle.
Sophomore James Wells returns to lead the way in the backstroke after finishing seventh in the 100 back last year.
Freshman Steve Schmuhl should make an immediate impact in his first Big Ten championship as he currently has the top Hoosier times in the 200 free, 200 back and 100 butterfly.
Indiana went 5-4 in dual meets this season with wins over Tennessee, Kentucky, Penn State, Virgina and Purdue.
LOOZE COACHES U.S. 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.
BIG TEN POWER
Looze has directed the Hoosiers to seven top-four Big Ten finishes in nine years at the helm of the Indiana program.
Indiana finished third in 2003, fourth in 2004, second in 2005, first in 2006, fourth in 2007 and second in 2008 and 2011.
MILLER, SCHMIDT EARN BIG TEN HONORS
Indiana University sophomore swimmer Cody Miller and sophomore diver Darian Schmidt were named the Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, the conference office announcedon Oct. 25.
Miller, the reigning Big Ten champion in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, swept both events as the Hoosier men took victories over Tennessee and Kentucky. Miller recorded a time of 55.61 in the 100 breast, and his time of 2:00.63 in the 200 breast is an NCAA B cut. He also took second in the 200 individual medley (1:51.97) and helped the Hoosiers to an NCAA B cut and second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:29.93).
Schmidt earned a pair of third-place finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter events to help clinch the win over Tennessee. His score of 329.45 on the 1-meter springboard is an NCAA Zone qualifying mark.
NEES NAMED BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK
Indiana University junior diver Zac Nees was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference office announced Nov. 22.
Nees picked up a pair of wins on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards as the Hoosier men swept Penn State and Virginia in a double dual meet. His score of 403.60 on the 3-meter is a new personal best and an NCAA Zone qualifying mark. In the 1-meter competition he put up a score of 384.40, which is also an NCAA Zone mark.
This was the first Big Ten weekly honor of Nees' career.
SCHMUHL, NEES TAKE HOME BIG TEN HONORS
Indiana University junior diver Zac Nees was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week, while swimmer Steve Schmuhl was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Jan. 10.
Nees was victorious in the 3-meter springboard event in a dual meet at Michigan on Jan. 7, tallying 384.00 points. That is the third-highest point total by a Hoosier in the event this year, with Nees also holding the top spot at 403.60 (vs. Penn State, Virginia) and No. 2 at 397.80 (vs. Louisville). Nees also finished third in the 1-meter competition with 335.10 points. This marked the second Diver of the Week honor for Nees this season.
Schmuhl was honored by the conference for the first time in his career with four top-two finishes against the Wolverines. Schmuhl was on the winning 200 medley relay team that posted a time of 1:29.32, an NCAA B cut. His second victory of the day came in the 200 backstroke when he touched the wall in 1:47.17. Schmuhl also recorded an NCAA provisional time in the 200 butterfly, finishing second in 1:48.07, and was second in the 100 butterfly (49.23).
Nees and Schmuhl were again named the Big Ten Diver of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week, respectively, on Jan. 24 after a dual meet win over Purdue.
Nees won the 1-meter springboard event on against the Boilermakers, setting a new collegiate pool record with 420.90 points. That is also the second-highest score in school history and a school dual meet record. Nees also competed in the platform competition, finishing third with 345.45 points. It is his third Big Ten honor this year.
Schmuhl earned freshman honors after a solid effort in the pool. He won the 200 butterfly race in 1:47.73, which is a new personal best and an NCAA B cut. He also swam on IU's victorious 400 medley relay (3:16.77-NCAA B cut) and took second in the 100 fly (49.91) and fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:49.98).