Head coach Ray Looze previews Indiana's dual meet this Friday in Austin, Texas vs. the Longhorns and Michigan.
Head coach Ray Looze previews the 2012-13 women's swimming season.
Head coach Ray Looze recaps day 2 of the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala.
Head coach Ray Looze recaps day 1 of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala.
Head Coach Ray Looze recaps the final day of the 2012 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
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Ray Looze is in his ninth year at the helm of both the men's and women's swimming programs and his 12th year of mentoring the men at Indiana University. Looze has achieved unparalleled success as both a coach and a world-class swimmer, accomplishments that he carried into his reign over the Hoosiers since his hiring in June 2002.
In 2012-13, the Indiana men posted their best finish at the NCAA Championships since 1980, coming in ninth. Hoosier men took home All-America honors in 11 different events, including a third-place finish int he 200 individual medley by Cody Miller, a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM by Steve Schmuhl, and third and fifth-place finishes in the 100 back and 200 back, respectively, from Eric Ress.
That performance was a carryover from the Big Ten Championships where the Hoosiers posted a second-place finish in their home pool. Miller won titles in the 100 breast and 200 breast for the third-straight year and added a title in the 200 IM. James Wells successfully defended his title in the 100 back. Miller was named Swimmer of the Championships for his efforts.
On the women's side Lindsay Vrooman was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, the second-straight year a Hoosier took home the honor. Vrooman defended her Big Ten title in the 1,650 free and added another in the 500 free and 800 free relay. The 800 free relay team of Vrooman, Cynthia Pammett, Haley Lips and Brooklynn Snodgrass set a new Big Ten record of 6:59.48, while Vrooman's time of 4:35.41 in the 500 free was also a Big Ten record.
Snodgrass got her IU career started on the right foot, adding individual Big Ten titles in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Dorina Szekeres took home her first Big Ten title in 2012-13, claiming the top spot in the 400 IM.
Vrooman went on to finish third in the 1,650 free and fifth in the 500 free at the NCAA Championships as the Hoosiers placed 11th as a team. Snodgrass was third in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 200 back.
Despite missing one of its top scorers in 2011-12, the IU men reclaimed a spot in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships, finishing 10th with 140 points. Individually, Sam Trahin took fourth in the 400 IM in school-record time, while Miller was seventh in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 breaststroke.
Overall the Hoosier men brought home 16 swimming All-America honors.
The IU men posted a third-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Championships, as Miller swept the breaststroke events for the second-straight year. Wells also captured a Big Ten title, winning his first in the 100 backstroke.
On the women's side the Hoosiers took second at the Big Ten Championships, with the 800 free relay setting a Big Ten meet record. Allysa Vavra (200 IM, 400 IM) and Vrooman (1,650 freestyle) were individual winners, with Vavra being named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships and Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.
In 2012 the IU women tallied their ninth-straight top-15 finish at the NCAA Champsionships, placing 13th. Vrooman took eighth in the 500 free and sixth in the 1,650 free, while Vavra was eighth in the 200 IM, fifth in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 backstroke. The Hoosiers went home with 11 swimming All-America honors.
The 2010-11 season saw Looze's women's squad take home its third-straight Big Ten title, winning the crown in its own pool at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Vavra took home Big Ten titles in the 200 IM and 400 IM, while Brittany Barwegen closed out her IU career with a Big Ten Championship in the 200 butterfly. The Hoosiers were also victorious in the 800 free relay and set then-Big Ten meet records in the 800 free relay, 200 free (Brittany Strumbel) and 400 IM (Vavra).
At the 2011 NCAA Championships the Hoosiers posted a 15th-place team finish, with swimmers earning All-America honors in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
On the men's side, Indiana tallied a second-place finish at the Big Ten meet, led by Big Ten individual titles from Ress (100 backstroke) and Miller (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke). Ress set a new meet record in the 100 back (45.11), while Miller's winning time in the 200 breaststroke was the second-fastest time in school history (1:54.16).
At the NCAA meet, Ress went on to earn runner-up finishes in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, and the Hoosiers took All-America honors in the 500 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 breaststroke.
In 2009-10 Looze helped direct the women's program to its second-consecutive Big Ten title and third over a four-year period. The women took home six individual titles and two relay crowns, with Kate Fesenko named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, as well as Swimmer of the Championships. Taylor Wohrley took home Freshman of the Year honors.
The women went on to post a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships, with Fesenko becoming the first Hoosier female to earn a swimming national title, taking the 200 backstroke crown.
On the men's side, Aaron Opell closed out his IU career with a Big Ten title in the 200 breaststroke and went on to earn All-America honors in the event at the NCAA Championships.
In 2008-09, Looze guided the women to their second Big Ten title in three seasons and led a group of 12 women to the NCAA Championships where the team finished 10th. Kate Fesenko defended her Big Ten titles in the 100 back and 200 back and went on to earn All-America honors in both events. Freshman Nikki White made a splash in the distance events, winning the 500 free at Big Tens and posting a top-10 finish in the 1,650 free at NCAAs. For his efforts Looze was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Fesenko was honored as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.
In 2007-08, Looze became the first coach in IU history to lead both the men's and women's squads to top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Individual success came in the form of Ben Hesen who captured the NCAA title in the 100 backstroke, becoming the first Hoosier individual swimming national champion since 1976. At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hesen set a new American record in the 50-meter backstroke.
On the women's side, Fesenko picked up second-and third-place finishes in the 200 back and 100 back, respectively, at the national meet. Both the men and women finished 10th, with the men's point total of 166 the most since Indiana tallied 173 points for fourth place at the 1977 NCAA Championships. In Big Ten competition, the men finished second, capturing four individual and relay titles, the most ever under Looze's tutelage.
For the women, 2007 was a magical season, culminating in just its second official Big Ten title since the conference began sponsoring the sport in 1982. Vaziri won the 100-yard backstroke, setting a then-Big Ten record in the process. Allison Kay won the 200 butterfly, becoming the first female swimmer in school history to win the event. Looze was named Swimming Coach of the Year for the first time on the women's side. IU led league schools with nine All-Big Ten selections.
The list of accomplishments for the Hoosier program only grows from there. In 2004, IU had its first national champion (at the ConocoPhillips Summer National Championships) since 1980 and the school's initial Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships in Swander. Vaziri became the school's first female world champion when she won the 50-meter backstroke.
At the 2005 Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers captured seven All-Big Ten selections. Additionally, Swander claimed the 200-yard breaststroke title to become IU's first back-to-back swimming titleist since Cliff Looschen won in 1985 and 1986.
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