IU Men Travel to NCAA Swim and Dive Championships
March 26, 2013
INDIANA AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS March 28-30 IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex Indianapolis, Ind.
Coverage: ESPN3 Live Streaming March 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. ET ESPNU (Tape Delay) - Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET.
SETTING THE SCENE Coming off a second-place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, the Hoosiers will send 10 swimmers and four divers to the NCAA Championships, March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis. Joining the 10 swimmers will be three relay-only entries. The following Hoosiers will compete for IU. Indiana will also swim the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 800 free relay: Emad Abdelatif - Diving Jim Barbiere - 500 free, 200 free, 1,650 free Mike Hurley - 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Daniel Kanorr - 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle Tanner Kurz - 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Cody Miller - 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Conor Murphy - Diving Eric Ress - 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke Danton Rogers - Diving Darian Schmidt - Diving Steve Schmuhl - 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly Nicholas Schwab - 500 free, 400 individual medley Sam Trahin - 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 breaststroke James Wells - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Nolan Roach - Relay Alternate Jacob Kelzer - Relay Alternate Matt Gerth - Relay Alternate
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers lead all schools with four diving entries as the team took part in the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships March 14-16 in West Lafayette, Ind. Junior Darian Schmidt was the first to qualify, finishing second on the 1-meter springboard. Junior Emad Abdelatif earned his first ever trip to the NCAAs by finishing fourth on the 1-meter. Junior Conor Murphy and sophomore Danton Rogers took the final two of nine spots for the region by going 1-2 in the platform competition on the final day. Indiana is aiming for its 24th top-10 finish. The Hoosiers finished 10th at last year's meet in Federal Way, Wash. with a score of 140 points. James Wells (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke), Cody Miller (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast), Steve Schmuhl (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 fly), Jim Barbiere (400 medley relay, 500 free), Daniel Kanorr (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay), Darian Schmidt (1M, 3M, platform), Sam Trahin (400 IM) and Conor Murphy (platform) are returning All-Americans from 2012. Junior Eric Ress was an All-American in 2009 and 2011. The Hoosiers are coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, held Feb. 27-March 2 at Indiana Cody Miller (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), James Wells (100 back), Conor Murphy (platform) and Darian Schmidt (1M) brought home Big Ten titles. Miller was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships. For the second-straight year Darian Schmidt took home Diver of the Championships honors. The Hoosiers went 8-3 in dual meets this year, with wins over Kentucky, Tennessee, Penn State, Virginia, Ohio State, Iowa, Louisville and Purdue. This will be the third IU meet shown on national television this season. The Hoosiers' dual at Texas on Oct. 26 was shown live on The Longhorn Network, while the 2013 conference meet was shown tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network.
2013 BIG TEN RECAP The Hoosier men finished second at the 2013 Big Ten Championships with 664 points. Indiana was led by Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships Cody Miller, who won Big Ten titles in the 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Miller won the 200 IM in a Big Ten record time of 1:41.85. That is the fastest time in the NCAA entering the championship meet. He then won his third consecutive title in the 100 breaststroke with another Big Ten record -- this one at 51.50. He is the third swimmer in Big Ten history to win three-straight 100 breast titles. He followed that with a record-setting swim in the 200 breast, clocking a Big Ten record of 1:51.03. That is the second-fastest time ever in collegiate swimming. Miller also swam on he 200 medley relay that finished second (1:25.15-new school record) and 200 free relay that took third in a school-record time of 1:17.97. Junior James Wells was also successful in defending his title, winning a second-straight 100 backstroke crown in 46.04. His time of 45.52 in prelims puts him as the top seed in the NCAA Championships. Wells also placed third in the 200 medley relay, swam a career-best 20.18 in the 50 free prelims (elected not to swim bonus final) and fourth in the 200 back (1:42.22; 1:41.33 in prelims is a career best). Junior Darian Schmidt also won his second Big Ten title, taking the 1-meter crown with a school-record score of 432.15. That also makes him the third-highest scorer in Big Ten history. Schmidt was also second on the 3-meter springboard with 456.85 points. Junior Conor Murphy snagged his first Big Ten title, winning the platform with a school-record score of 495.55. A platform specialist, Murphy also scored points for the Hoosiers by finishing seventh on the 1-meter (333.25-career best) and 12th on the 3-meter (382.20-career best). Senior Daniel Kanorr had the best Big Ten meet of his career, taking sixth in the 50 free (19.54-3rd fastest in school history). He went 19.50 in prelims, which ranks as the second-fastest time. As a member of the 200 free relay that finished third, Kanorr set the school record in the 50 free with a leadoff leg of 19.43. Kanorr made the championship final of the 100 free, clocking a new school mark of 43.21, which is good for fifth. His prelim mark of 43.36 ranks second on the IU list. Senior Jim Barbiere placed fifth in the 500 free, with his time of 4:16.84 the second fastest in school history. Barbiere placed sixth in the 1,650 free, setting a new school record in the process (14:56.79). Sophomore Steve Schmuhl finished second in the 200 butterfly (1:43.55) and set a new school record of 1:43.54 in prelims. It was his second school record of the meet as he also set a new standard of 3:42.70 in the 400 IM. That was his prelim time, and he went on to finish fifth (3:43.51). Schmuhl was also fourth in the 200 IM, posting a career best of 1:43.65 which is the third-fastest time in school history. Schmuhl was part of the 800 free relay which placed second and set a new school record of 6:19.98. Junior Eric Ress returned to Big Ten Championship action finishing second in the 200 backstroke (1:40.22), third in the 100 back (46.14) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:43.92-career best). Ress was also on the 800 free relay team that took second and the 200 free relay team that finished third, both in school-record time. Miller, Murphy, Schmidt and Wells were all named to the Big Ten first team. Barbiere, Matt Gerth, Casey Johnson, Ress and Schmuhl were second-team honorees. In his final season of collegiate coaching, Dr. Jeff Huber was named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, while Schmidt was named Diver of the Championships for the second-straight season. Miller took home the Swimmer of the Championships award.
CSCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS The Indiana men moved up to No. 7 in the final College Swimming Coaches Association of America national rankings released on March 5 The Hoosiers are one of six teams in the Big Ten ranked in the top 25, joined by No. 1 Michigan, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 19 Iowa and No. 22 Penn State.
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.
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.
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