Hoosier Men, Women Travel to Virginia for Double Dual
Nov. 18, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off impressive performances against national powers Michigan and Texas at home, the Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams hit the road for the first time this season to face Virginia and Penn State in a double dual meet Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va.
The meet gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Friday and will conclude at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. The Indiana men are ranked No. 10 in the initial College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll released on Nov. 10, while the IU women are No. 15. The Virginia women's squad is ranked No. 9, with the men coming in at No. 11. Both the Penn State men and women are receiving votes in the poll.
The Indiana men are 2-1-1 on the dual meet season with wins over Northwestern and Kentucky, as well as a 150-150 tie with No. 6 Michigan. Sophomore Eric Ress posted a pair of NCAA B cuts against the No. 1 Longhorns and Wolverines, tallying a season-best time of 48.52 in the 100 back and 1:46.33 in the 200 back. Senior Bryan Chovanec was victorious in the 50 free against both teams, posting his NCAA provisional time of 20.26.
Senior Illya Larin shows continued improvement in the distance free events, placing third in the 500 free in the dual with Texas and Michigan in a season-best time of 4:29.40. He also took third in the 1,000 free at 9:12.15. In the diving well, freshman Darian Schmidt is off to a fast start with top-3 finishes on the 1-meter in all three events this year, and a season-best score of 398.90 on the 3-meter. The last time out, senior David Piercy set a new school dual meet record on the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 383.50.
The Indiana women are 2-2 on the year, as junior Allysa Vavra posted a NCAA B cut in the 400 individual medley vs. Texas and Michigan, clocking a time of 4:16.13. This will be Vavra's first trip back to Charlottesville since transferring from Virginia to Indiana midway through her freshman year. Vavra also has the team's top times this season in the 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Freshman Sara Delay has the fastest Hoosier time this year in the 50 free, but junior Margaux Farrell is back after missing the first two meets due to illness and already has the team's second-fastest time in the 100 freestyle. Junior Brittany Strumbel has led the way in the 100 free and 200 free, while freshman Lindsay Vrooman is the team leader in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free.
After this weekend the teams return to action the weekend of December 2-5 with split squads competing at two different events. Some competitors will head to the U.S. Short Course Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, (Dec. 2-4) while others will take part in the Hoosierland Open at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center (Dec. 3-5).
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