Men's Swimming

    Opell Takes Fifth in 200 Breast on Final Day of USA Swimming Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Aaron Opell finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Aaron Opell finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 11, 2009

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -

    Indiana University senior Aaron Opell posted a fifth-place finish in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke to highlight the final day of competition at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

    Opell finished in 2:12.09, which is the fourth-fastest time in school history. Opell tied with Nolan Koon for eighth in the prelims as both swam a 2:16.03. That set up a swim-off with Opell blazing to a time of 2:11.23, the second-fastest time in IU history, giving him the final spot in the championship final. Tyler Lemert swam the prelims in a time of 2:24.56.

        Junior Doug Spraul was 28th in the 200 backstroke prelims (2:05.55), while Donna Smailis was 49th in the 100 freestyle (57.55) and Amilee Smith 35th in the 200 breaststroke (2:38.35).


                
                
                
                
                

                

    Kevin Swander, Ray Looze and Eric Ress at the 2009 World University Games.


                

                

                

       In the final day of swimming competition at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, sophomore Eric Ress collected a bronze medal on Saturday as part of France’s 400-meter medley relay team. Ress and his teammates touched the wall in 3:38.31 in their medal-winning performance.

        “I am very happy for Eric,” said IU head coach Ray Looze, who is serving as an assistant coach with USA Swimming at the games. “To win a bronze medal at this level is truly an honor.”

    WOMEN
    100 Freestyle (prelims)

    49. Donna Smailis- 57.55

    200 Breaststroke (prelims)
    35. Amilee Smith- 2:38.35

    MEN
    200 Backstroke (prelims)

    28. Doug Spraul- 2:05.55

    200 Breaststroke (prelims)
    8. Aaron Opell- 2:16.03 (2:11.23 in swim-off)

    Championship Final
    5. Aaron Opell- 2:12.09


     

     


       

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