NO. 8 INDIANA AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 27-March 2
Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
TELEVISION: Big Ten Network (Tape Delay - March 9 at 10 a.m. ET)
Bernie Guenther, Rowdy Gaines, Evan Fitzgerald
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana plays host to the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 27-March 2 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
This is the first time IU has played host to the event since 2006. That is also the last year the men won the team title.
Last year Indiana finished third at the Big Ten meet with 549 points. Michigan is the defending champion.
The meet begins on Wednesday, Feb. 27 with one session beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Thursday, Feb. 28-Saturday, March 2, the morning session will begin at 11 a.m. ET, and the evening final session at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Live results will be available at www.IUHoosiers.com.There will also be a live stream for all sessions Wednesday-Friday.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers are looking for their 11th-straight top-five finish at the Big Ten meet and are aiming for a top-two spot after finishing 3.5 points out of second in 2012.
The Hoosiers have won 24 team titles with the last coming in 2006. That was also the last year IU hosted the Big Ten men's meet.
Junior Cody Miller is aiming for his third-straight Big Ten titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
Should Miller win the 100 breast he would be the third swimmer in Big Ten history to win three straight and the fourth to win three titles overall.
In the 200 breaststroke he would be the 10th Big Ten swimmer to win three straight and the 11th overall to win three titles.
Junior Eric Ress is looking for his second Big Ten title in the 100 back and the Hoosiers are looking to make it three-straight wins for the school in the event and five of the last seven titles.
Ress won the event in 2011 with a Big Ten meet record time of 45.11. Junior James Wells was the 2012 champion. Former Hoosier great Ben Hesen won titles in 2007 and 2008.
Despite all his success in the 200 distance, including a French national title in the 200-meter back, Ress is still looking for his first win in the event.
Ress finished second in the 200 back in 2011 after breaking his hand in the 100 back race. He went on to finish second in both the 100 back and 200 back at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Diver Darian Schmidt is the defending Big Ten Champion on the 3-meter springboard. Earlier this season he set a new dual meet school record in the event with a score of 460.20.
Junior Conor Murphy was second on the platform a year ago, while Schmidt was the top IU finisher on the 1-meter springboard coming in third.
Here is where the top Hoosiers rank in the Big Ten heading into the championships:
50 Free: Daniel Kanorr - 9th (20.05)
100 Free: Daniel Kanorr - 23rd (44.87)
200 Free: Jim Barbiere - 13th (1:37.52)
500 Free: Ryan Hinshaw - 11th (4:22.44)
1,650 Free: Jim Barbiere - 4th (15:13.55)
100 Back: Eric Ress - 8th (47.60)
200 Back: Eric Ress - 2nd (1:42.72)
100 Breast - Cody Miller - 4th (53.69)
200 Breast - Cody Miller - 2nd (1:54.89)
100 Butterfly - Cody Miller - 14th (47.80)
200 Butterfly - Steve Schmuhl - 12th (1:47.98)
200 IM - Cody Miller - 2nd (1:45.51)
400 IM - Steve Schmuhl - 9th (3:52.97)
CSCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Indiana men come in at No. 8 in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America national rankings released on Feb.20.
The Hoosiers are one of six teams in the Big Ten ranked in the top 25, joined by No. 3 Michigan, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 20 Iowa and No. 24 Penn State. Wisconsin received votes.
BIG TEN HONORS
Junior Diver Darian Schmidt earned a pair of Big Ten honors this season.
Schmidt was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Nov. 20 after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter in dual meet wins over Virginia and Penn State.
His second award of the year came on Jan. 22 after setting a new school dual meet record on the 3-meter springboard in dual meet wins over Iowa and Ohio State.
SCHMIDT NAMED TO CANADA CUP TEAM
Indiana University junior diver Darian Schmidt (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South) was one of 10 divers named to the U.S. squad for the 2013 Canada Cup, USA Diving announced on Feb. 8.
Schmidt will compete on the 3-meter springboard at the event, May 2-5 in Gatineau, Quebec.
Schmidt had a standout sophomore season for the Hoosiers in 2011-12, winning the Big Ten title on the 3-meter springboard and finishing seventh on the 3-meter, 12th on the 1-meter and 16th on the platform at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Just last month, Schmidt set a new IU dual meet record on the 3-meter springboard with his score of 460.20 in a dual meet win over Ohio State and Iowa.
SCHMUHL COMPETES AT SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana University sophomore swimmer Steve Schmuhl posted a top-15 finish in the 400-meter individual medley on Dec. 13 at the 2012 World Short Course Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey.
Schmuhl posted a time of 4:10.38, good for 12th overall and missing out on a spot in the championship final by less than two seconds. Schmuhl was the third-youngest competitor among the top-15 finishers.
BARBIERE NAMED TO 2013 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM
Indiana University senior Jim Barbiere was named one of 39 swimmers that will represent Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, USA Swimming announced this past September. The swimming competition will take place July 10-16, while the Games will run from July 6-17.
Barbiere was named to the team as a member of the 4x200 freestyle relay. He earned his spot at the international event with a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle at last month's U.S. Open in Indianapolis.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation (FISU). Swimmers on the 2013 World University Games Team roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on January 1, 2013.
HUBER SET TO RETIRE AFTER 24 SEASONS
After more than 35 years of coaching at the highest levels in domestic and international diving, Indiana University head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber announced his retirement from coaching om Feb. 1.
At the request of Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Fred Glass, Huber has agreed to continue with the IU program through August 2013. A national search for Huber's successor will begin in immediately.
"Coach Huber's leadership of the Indiana University Diving program is legendary," Glass said. "With multiple national champions and Olympians over his quarter century at the program's helm, Jeff has made his mark on the world stage representing IU with distinction. On a personal note, it has been an honor and a pleasure for me to have had the opportunity to know Jeff as a man of not only amazing ability, but great integrity. I wish him, Lesa, Julia, and David all the best in this new phase of their lives."
"I verbally committed to Indiana University as a high school senior but changed my mind at the last minute," Huber said. "To have a second chance to come to IU and continue the diving tradition established by legendary IU diving coach Hobie Billingsley was a dream come true for me. The day I stepped on campus I felt like I had been here my whole life.
"There is no better place in the country than Indiana University. My wife Lesa is a faculty member at IU and both of our children, Julia and David, are graduates of IU. We are an IU family. I want to thank the athletic department staff for their many hours of hard work and support. Many people behind the scene make for a successful program and they don't often get the recognition they deserve. I also want to thank head swimming coach Ray Looze and his staff for their dedication, perseverance, and hard work. They have been an inspiration to me these past few years. I also want to thank athletic director Fred Glass for his leadership and gestures of kindness and support. Finally, I want to thank my wife and children for their truly remarkable understanding and support throughout my coaching career."
Currently in the midst of his 24th season at the helm of the storied IU program, Indiana divers have flourished under the 12-time U.S. National Coach of the Year. In Huber, Indiana divers work daily with a mentor who served as a coach for the United States at three of the last four Olympic games. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on 14 occasions (six for women's and eight for men's) and has coached student-athletes to 42 Big Ten titles and 19 Big Ten Diver of the Year awards.
The Hoosiers have a storied history at the NCAA meet, winning the team title for six-straight seasons from 1968-1973.
During that time Indiana took home 39 individual and relay titles, including eight NCAA titles for Mark Spitz and eight for Gary Hall.
Spitz was the NCAA 100 butterfly champion all four seasons at IU (1969-72), and won the 100 fly, 500 free and 200 free at the 1969 meet.
Hall was a three-time champion in 1971 (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 backstroke) and a two-time champion (200 IM, 400 IM in 1972).
Overall Hoosiers have won 80 individual and relay NCAA titles, most recently with Ben Hesen winning the 100 backstroke crown in 2008.
2012 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indiana finished third at the Big Ten Championships with 549 points, just 3.5 points out of second place.
The difference maker was the disqualification of the Hoosiers' 400 medley relay team due to an early exchange.
Sophomore Cody Miller defended his Big Ten titles in the 100 breast and 200 breast, setting a new school record of 52.34 in the 100 breaststroke.
His time of 1:54.07 in the 200 breast was second-best in school history.
Sophomore Darian Schmidt shared Diver of the Championship honors after winning the 3-meter springboard with a school-record 459.39 points.
Schmidt also took third on the 1-meter and 10th on the platform.
Sophomore Conor Murphy was runner up on the platform (426.55), while Zac Nees was sixth on the 1-meter (363.70), fourth on the 3-meter (391.35) and fourth on the platform (391.35).
James Wells won his first Big Ten title, posting a career-best time of 46.30 in the 100 backstroke. He was also fifth in the 200 back with a career-best time 1:43.83.
Wells, Miller, Steve Schmuhl, Daniel Kanorr took fourth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:25.79, fourth-fastest in school history.
Schmuhl, Jim Barbiere, John Schnittker and Tyler Shedron posted the second-fastest time in school history in the 800 free relay (6:25.85), finishing fourth.
Barbiere was fifth in the 500 free (4:18.23-career best) and Miller was fourth in the 200 IM (1:44.81-career best).
Daniel Kanorr's eighth-place time of 19.83 in the 50 free was a career best.
Sam Trahin took fourth in the 400 IM, posting a new school-record time of 3:46.49.
Barbiere was also fourth in the 200 free (1:35.98-career best), while Ryan Hinshaw took ninth in the 1,650 free with a career time of 15:06.25.
The 400 free relay team of Miller, Barbiere, Kanorr and Wells placed fifth in 2:55.60, the third-fastest time in school history.
Miller, Schmidt and Wells were first-team All-Big Ten honorees, while Murphy earned second-team honors.
Dr. Jeff Huber was named the Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year.
BIG TEN POWER
Looze has directed the Hoosiers to eight top-four Big Ten finishes in 10 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, second in 2008, second in 2011 and third in 2012.