Ress is French National Champion in 200 Backstroke
April 19, 2010
SAINT RAPHAEL, France - Indiana University redshirt freshman Eric Ress won his first national title with a season best of 1:58.54 in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2010 French Long Course National Championships in Saint Raphael, France this past weekend.
Ress' time of 1:58.54 is the seventh-fastest in the world this year and the third fastest in school history. Ress also posted times of 1:58.58 in the semifinals and 1:59.72 in the prelims. He owns the seven fastest times in IU history in the event.
By virtue of his national title Ress will represent France in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the European National Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 4-15.
Earlier in the week, Ress placed third in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 54.62, a personal best. He also took fourth in the 50-meter backstroke, touching the wall in 25.73. Ress was an NCAA participant in the 100 and 200 backstroke events at the 2009 NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors in the 100 back with an 11th-place finish. He redshirted the 2010 season and will return to collegiate competition this fall. Ress is the son of former IU swimmer and 1976 French Olympian Colin Ress.
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