Oct. 18, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams open their 2012-13 slate this Friday as they travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on SEC powers Kentucky and Tennessee in a double dual meet.
The meet gets underway at 2 p.m. ET at the Lancaster Aquatic Center.
The Hoosier men return seven All-Americans and are coming off a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2012.
After a year off to prepare for the French Olympic Trials, Eric Ress returns to the pool for IU and looks to build upon his 2011 season where he finished as runner-up in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the NCAA Championships. A four-time Big Ten Champion in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, junior Cody Miller looks to improve his seventh-place finish the 100 breaststroke, 10th-place finish in the 200 IM and ninth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Senior Sam Trahin was a surprise finisher for IU at the NCAA Championships last season, taking fourth in the 400 individual medley with a school-record time of 3:44.37. Junior James Wells is the defending Big Ten Champion in the 100 backstroke, while senior freestyler Jim Barbiere had a solid summer, earning a spot on the 2013 World University Games team.
Sophomore Steve Schmuhl earned All-America honors in the 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 200 butterfly last season and was recently named to the USA Swimming 2012 World Short Course Championships team in the 400 IM.
In diving, junior Darian Schmidt
was the 2012 Big Ten Diver of the Championships after winning the 3-meter springboard with a school-record score of 459.30. Senior Mick Dell'Orco
was fourth in the same event, while Schmidt was third on the 1-meter and Dell'Orco seventh.
Both earned All-America honors on the 1-meter at the NCAA Championships (Dell'Orco-8th; Schmidt 12th), while Schmidt also finished seventh on the 3-meter and 16th on the platform.
The Indiana women are coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and a 13th-place showing at the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers have some large holes to fill with the graduation of multiple-time All-Americans Brittany Strumbel, Margaux Farrell, Allysa Vavra and Nikki White.
Leading the way for the returnees is junior captain Lindsay Vrooman. Vrooman had a breakout sophomore campaign finishing first at the Big Ten Championships and sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 1,650 freestyle. She also tacked on an eighth-place finish in the 500 free at the NCAA meet.
Sophomores Justine Ress and Allie Day qualified for the NCAA meet in their first seasons at IU and look to build upon that success. Ress helped the Hoosiers to a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay at Big Tens and was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke. Day placed fourth in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships.
Senior captain Ashley Specht will pace the team in the breaststroke events, finishing fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 14th in the 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships. Junior Bronwyn Pasloski was seventh in the 200 breast and 10th in the 100 breast at Big Tens.
Senior Amy Cozad leads the women's divers after posting a third-place finish on the platform at the 2012 NCAA Championships.