Indiana will face some of the top high school, collegiate and professional swimmers in the country this week at the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals.
Dec. 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana men's and women's swimming teams will close out their first semester of competition by going up against some of the nation's best at the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, Dec. 2-4 in Columbus, Ohio.
Day one will feature the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 400 medley relay. Friday the competitors will take part in the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 freestyle relay. The meet concludes Saturday with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 free relay. On each day the preliminary session will begin at 9 a.m., with the finals session at 5 p.m.
The Indiana women are coming off a split of Virginia and Penn State, defeating the Nittany Lions in a double dual meet in Charlottesville, Va. two weekends ago. Junior Allysa Vavra had a strong meet in Virginia, finishing first in each of her three individual events, including an NCAA provisional time of 2:00.65 in the 200-yard individual medley. Vavra also has the team's top times this year in the 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. Senior Brittany Barwegen posted her fourth NCAA B cut of the season in the 200 butterfly at Virginia, while junior Brittany Strumbel added a B cut in the 500 freestyle.
The men also came away with a split against Virginia and Penn State, defeating their conference counterparts. Senior Titus Knight swam the fastest times of the season for a Hoosier in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, while senior Illya Larin continues to improve his marks in the 500 free, posting an NCAA B cut. Sophomore Eric Ress tallied NCAA provisional times in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in Virginia, winning both events. Ress also won the 200 individual medley and took third in the 100 butterfly.
While the swimmers compete in Columbus, Indiana's diving squad will take to the boards at the Hoosierland Invitational, Dec. 3-5 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. They will be joined by a small group of IU swimmers who will take part in time trials on those days.
Junior Gabby Agostino is coming off solid performances against Virginia and Penn State, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter to earn Big Ten Diver of the Week honors. Her score of 322.35 on the 1-meter was a season best. Sophomore Logan Kline posted a season best on the 1-meter in the double dual, while freshman Laura Ryan had her top performance of the season on the 3-meter.
Freshman Darian Schmidt won his second 1-meter event of the season in the dual in Charlottesville with a season-best score of 384.40. Teammate David Piercy was second, and the two switched positions in the 3-meter competition with Piercy first (406.05) and Schmidt second (398.90).
The schedule for the Hoosierland Open is as follows: