Indiana Swimming Signs Three for 2008 Class
Nov. 26, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eric Ress (Hebron, Conn.), Tyler Shedron (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Jim Barbiere (Cincinnati, Ohio) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their swimming careers at Indiana University, head coach Ray Looze announced today.
Ress, out of the Southern Connecticut Swim Club (SoNoCo), placed second in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2007 Speedo Junior National Championships with a time of 2:02.30, good enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Ress also competed at the USA Swimming National Championships this past summer in the 100 back (58.39) and 200 back (2:04.44).
A dual citizen of both the U.S. and France, Ress is the French National Age Group record holder in the 100 and 200 backstroke. He is currently training for the French Olympic Trials in April and will compete on its junior team this summer at the World and European Junior Championships. His father Colin represented France at the 1976 Olympics.
"I feel that at IU I can succeed individually as a swimmer, but what I am looking forward to is helping the team progress as a whole," Ress said. "I want to help the team win the Big Ten Championships and do well as the NCAAs. After my trip to Indiana I feel the guys and the team environment there will make my experience one to remember."
"Eric is one of the fastest high school backstrokers in the nation and will develop into an outstanding freestyler and individual medley swimmer," Looze said.
Swimming with Excel Aquatics out of Brentwood, Tenn., Shedron holds numerous age group short course and long course team records as well as high school All-America swim titles and United States Swimming Scholastic All-America awards. Shedron is a former Southeastern Swimming high point champion as well as a Southeastern record holder in the 500 free. Most recently he achieved an Olympic Trials cut in the 200-meter butterfly. He was invited to the USA National Select Camp in November of 2006 for his performance in the 200 fly.
At Ravenwood High School, Shedron holds records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, as well as the 100 back and 100 fly. He is a two-time state finalist in the 100 fly and three-time finalist in the 500 free.
"I chose IU over some other great schools because of the chemistry I felt with the coaches and team," Shedron said. "I am interested in business and sports marketing and IU has a great reputation in both fields. I am very excited to join the great swimming tradition at Indiana University. This is a dream come true."
"Tyler give us one of the best young 200 butterflyers in the country," Looze said. "His technique is outstanding and he comes from a club team we have experience a lot of success with in the past."
Barbiere attends St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio where he helped lead the AquaBombers to their ninth-straight state title by clocking a time of 50.06 in the 100-yard backstroke to win the Ohio State High School Championship as a junior. He was crowned the YMCA Short Course National Champion in the same event with a time of 50.93. At the YMCA Long Course National Championships he took home titles in the 50-meter backstroke (27.81), 100-meter backstroke (59.36) and 100-meter freestyle (53.44).
The son of 12-time IU All-American and 1968 Olympian Larry Barbiere, Jim is a 10-time high school All-American and has earned a total of six state titles.
"I chose Indiana because I believe the coaches will help me achieve my maximum potential, Barbiere said. "Indiana has a beautiful campus and is a great school."
"Jimmy is the reigning Ohio state 100 backstroke champion and an outstanding freestyler as well," Looze said.
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