IU Men Head to NCAA Championships
March 24, 2014
INDIANA AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS March 27-29 Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center Austin, Texas
Coverage: ESPN3 Live Streaming March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. ET ESPNU (Tape Delay) - Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Live Results
SETTING THE SCENE Coming off a second-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, the Hoosiers will send four swimmers and two divers to the NCAA Championships, March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas. Joining the four swimmers will be three relay-only entries. The following Hoosiers will compete for IU. Indiana will also swim the 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 800 free relay: Emad Abdelatif - 1-meter, 3-meter Cody Miller - 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Eric Ress - 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke Darian Schmidt - 1-meter, 3-meter Steve Schmuhl - 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly James Wells - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Max Irwin - Relay Only Anze Tavcar - Relay Only Tanner Kurz - Relay Only
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers picked up a pair of diving entries at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, March 13-15 in Columbus, Ohio. Senior Darian Schmidt was the first to qualify, winning the 3-meter springboard. Senior Emad Abdelatif earned his second trip to the NCAAs by winning the 1-meter competition. Indiana is aiming for its 25th top-10 finish and third straight. The Hoosiers finished ninth at last year's meet in Indianapolis with a score of 201 points. Emad Abdelatif, Tanner Kurz, Cody Miller, Eric Ress, Darian Schmidt, Steve Schmuhl and James Wells are returning All-Americans from 2013. The Hoosiers are coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, held Feb. 26-March 1 at Michigan. Cody Miller (200 breast), Eric Ress (200 backstroke), Conor Murphy (platform) and Darian Schmidt (3M) brought home Big Ten titles. For the third-straight year Schmidt took home Diver of the Championships honors. The Hoosiers went 6-4 in dual meets this year, including six-straight victories to end the season. Indiana faced one of the toughest schedules in the country, swimming dual meets with Texas, Michigan, Stanford and California.
2014 BIG TEN RECAP The Hoosier men finished second at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with 564 points. Indiana was led by diver Darian Schmidt who won the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions, earning Big Ten Diver of the Championships honors for the third-straight year. Schmidt scored 381.30 on the 1-meter, and used his high degree of difficulty to come away with a score of 451.90 on the 3-meter. Cody Miller, Eric Ress and Conor Murphy also took home individual titles. Miller won his fourth-straight 200 breaststroke title, becoming just the second swimmer in Big Ten history to win four-straight titles in the 200 breast (Mike Barrowman-Michigan). Miller went 1:52.58, which is the second-fastest time in IU history. He set the Big Ten record of 1:51.03 at the 2013 meet. Miller also swam on the 200 medley relay that took fourth (1:25.49-third-fastest time in IU history), the 400 medley relay that was third (3:07.98-school record), 200 freestyle relay (1:19.65-fifth) and the 400 freestyle relay that finished sixth (2:54.07-school record). Miller was second in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a 51.99 which is the third-fastest time in IU history. His prelims time of 52.23 ranks fourth. Ress won his first-ever Big Ten title in the 200 backstroke in record-setting fashion, posting a time of 1:38.89 which is a school and Big Ten meet record. That is the fastest time this season entering the NCAA Championships. Ress was also on the 200 freestyle, 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays, as well as the 800 free relay that took fourth in a time of 6:20.17-the second-fastest time in IU history. Ress' leadoff leg of 1:35.29 is the third-fastest 200 free in IU history. His leadoff 100 back of 45.25 in the 400 medley relay is the fourth-fastest time in IU history. Ress took third in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 46.14, while James Wells was fourth (46.21). Senior Conor Murphy snagged his second Big Ten title, winning the platform with a score of 434.85. A platform specialist, Murphy also scored points for the Hoosiers by finishing 11th on the 1-meterand seventh on the 3-meter (381.95). Junior Steve Schmuhl was third in the 200 IM, posting the third-fastest time in IU history with a 1:42.05. Schmuhl also placed third in the 400 IM, going 3:43.55, and third in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time of 1:43.33. He went 1:43.55 in prelims for the third-fastest time in IU history, Freshman diver Joshua Arndt made a pair of championship finals, taking seventh on the 1-meter (335.15), posting a career best score of 340.80 in prelims. On the three meter he took third with another carer score of 423.15.
CSCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS The Indiana men come in at No. 7 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America national rankings released on Feb.5. The Hoosiers are one of six teams in the Big Ten ranked in the top 25, joined by No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 23 Purdue and No. 24 Penn State.
SEASON AT A GLANCE The Hoosiers finished the dual meet season at 6-4, with the four losses coming against No. 1 Michigan, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 California and No. 11 Stanford. Indiana has wins over No. 7 Louisville, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 19 Missouri, No. 25 Iowa, No. 23 Purdue and Kentucky.
Oct. 11 at California (L, 122-173) Oct. 12 at Stanford (L, 111-183) Oct. 25 MICHIGAN (L, 97-203) Oct. 25 TEXAS (L, 96-204) Nov. 1 TENNESSEE (W, 179-121) Nov. 1 KENTUCKY (W, 208-92) Jan. 18 at Iowa (W, 195-102) Jan. 18 vs. Missouri (W, 173-124) Jan. 31 LOUISVILLE (W, 162-138) Feb. 8 PURDUE (W, 186-114)
USA SWIMMING NATIONAL TEAM Senior Cody Miller (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke) and junior Steve Schmuhl (200 individual medley, 400 individual medley) have been named to the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team. Miller's time of 1:00.82 ranks sixth among the men, set at the U.S. Open this past summer. He is fifth among the top-six 200-meter breaststrokers, going 2:10.99 at the U.S. Open. Miller is the three-time reigning Big Ten Champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and also won the 200 individual medley title in 2013. He represented the U.S. at the World University Games this past July. Schmuhl is also on the team in two events, ranking among the top six in the 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. It was a breakout year for Schmuhl, posting a time of 1:59.90 in the 200 IM at the U.S. Open. He went 4:16.07 in the 400-meter individual medley, also at the U.S. Open. Both are school records. The junior finished fifth in the 400-yard IM at the 2013 NCAA Championships, setting a new school record in prelims.
MILLER COMPETES AT DUEL IN THE POOL Senior Cody Miller was part of Team USA this past December as it posted a 132-131 victory over the European All-Stars at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Miller swam the 200 short-course meters breaststroke, placing sixth in 2:05.40. On the final day of competition he competed in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing seventh in 59.15, and the 200 individual medley where he was sixth in a time of 1:56.31.
RESS GOING THE DISTANCE Known more for his prowess in the backstroke, senior Eric Ress has been making a name for himself in distance freestyle events this season. Ress had the top time this year for IU in the 500 freestyle (4:23.03-NCAA B cut) and 1,000 free (9:12.89) during the dual meet season. Ress has a pair of B cuts this year in the 500 free, going 4:23.14 in prelims at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. He owns three of the five fastest times for the Hoosiers this season in the event. However, the senior is not giving up his bread-and-butter events, which saw him finish as runner up in both the 100 and 200 back at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Ress has a season best of 45.25 in the 100 back and owns four of the five fastest times in school history in the event, led by a 45.11 set at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Ress has clocked a 1:38.89 in the 200 back this season to win the Big Ten in school-record fashion, and owns the five fastest times in school history, including his time of 1:38.96 set at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Two of those five times came last season, going 1:39.22 at the 2013 NCAA Championships, and 1:40.22 at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
DIVING INTO THE RECORD BOOK Senior Darian Schmidt is well on his way to leaving his mark as part of the storied IU diving program. The 2013 Big Ten Diver of the Year and Big Ten Diver of the Championships, Schmidt has had a solid year in 2013-14. On Jan. 18 in Iowa City, Schmidt won his specialty event, the 3-meter springboard, with a score of 455.75. That is less than five points off his school record of 460.20 set last season. Schmidt was the 2013 Big Ten champion on the 1-meter springboard and was the 2012 Big Ten champion on the 3-meter. He finished third on the 3-meter and sixth on the 1-meter at the 2013 NCAA Championships. He made his international debut last May as a member of the USA Diving Canada Cup team. This past December he teamed with Samuel Dorman to win the USA Diving national title in the 3-meter synchro competition. Schmidt will compete with Dorman at the Canada Cup again this year.
UNDER THE RADAR With teammates such as Cody Miller and Eric Ress grabbing most of the Hoosier swimming headlines, junior Steve Schmuhl has quietly made his way up to one of the top IMers in collegiate swimming. Schmuhl posted the three-fastest times in school history in the 400 IM last season, led by a school record 3:41.98 in prelims at the NCAA Championships. He went on to finish fifth in 3:42.41, the second-fastest time in school history. He also picked up All-American honors in 2013 in the 400 medley relay (ninth) and 800 free relay (11th). He was fifth in the 400 IM, fourth in the 200 IM and second in the 200 butterfly at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
FRESH SWIMMERS Several newcomers have had an immediate impact with the Hoosiers, led by freshman sprinter Anze Tavcar. The Selje, Slovenia native has the top times for IU this season in the 50 free (20.18-NCAA B cut) and 100 free (44.09-NCAA B cut). His time of 20.18 ranks him the 12th-fastest Hoosier ever in the event, while his 44.09 in the 100 free ranks as the 11th-fastest individual. Bloomington native Max Irwin is making his way up the rankings in the butterfly, posting the fastest time of the season for a Hoosier in the 100 fly last weekend, going 48.51. He also has the fifth-fastest time of the year in the 200 fly at 1:48.08. Jackson Miller, from Walnut Creek, Calif., has the two-fastest times for IU in the 200 freestyle, led by a 1:37.23 (NCAA B cut) at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals where he placed 19th. He also has the third-fastest time in the 500 free, going 4:25.02 at Winter Nationals to place 21st.
BIG TEN HONORS Indiana picked up five Big Ten weekly honors this season, led by senior diver Darian Schmidt's four Big Ten Diver of the Week accolades. Schmidt was named Diver of the Week on Oct. 15, Dec. 24, Jan. 21 and Feb. 11. Senior Eric Ress broke through on the swimming side on Feb. 11 with his third career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award.
NCAA HISTORY 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.
BIG TEN POWER Looze has directed the Hoosiers to 10 top-four Big Ten finishes in 12 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, third in 2012, second in 2013 and second in 2014.
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