Vrooman's Silver Leads IU on Final Day of USA Swimming Nationals
Dec. 7, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A silver medal in the 1,650 freestyle for senior Lindsay Vrooman, a bronze for sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass in the 200 backstroke and a school record in the women's 400 freestyle relay highlighted the day for Indiana swimming and diving on the final day of competition at the AT&T USA Swimming Winter Nationals at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Competing against Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, Vrooman raced to a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 15:54.68, the third-fastest time in IU history and an NCAA A cut. No one in the field was going to catch Ledecky as the 16 year-old blasted the American record by almost 10 seconds with a time of 15:15.17 for gold. Sophomore Haley Lips took 10th in 16:18.81, her first career swim in the mile.
Freshman Grayson Smith placed 25th for the men (15:43.67).
In the 200 backstroke, Snodgrass stamped her ticket to the NCAA Championships with a time of 1:52.64, good for third place in the field and an NCAA A cut. Junior Cynthia Pammett was seventh (1:55.36), while senior Allie Day took 12th (1:56.17) and junior Justine Ress 13th (1:56.83).
Senior Eric Ress just missed an A cut in the men's 200 back, placing fourth in a season best 1:41.58. Junior Steve Schmuhl went a career best 1:42.87 in the consolation final to finish second in the heat at 10th overall. Senior James Wells was 13th in 1:44.61.
Senior Kait Flederbach took 10th in the 100 free, putting up the fifth-fastest time in IU history at 48.96. Freshman Anze Tavcar was 23rd for the men in 44.34.
Senior Brenna MacLean posted the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 200 butterfly with a 1:55.82, good for fourth in the championship final. Freshman Gia Dalesandro was sixth, posting her season best of 1:56.78.
Junior Steve Schmuhl won the consolation final of the men's 200 butterfly to finish ninth overall with a season-best time of 1:45.44.
In the final event of the meet, Flederbach, Pammett, senior Stephanie Armstrong and Snodgrass posted a school record and NCAA qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay, taking fourth in 3:16.72.
25. Grayson Smith - 15:43.67
200 Backstroke 3. Brooklynn Snodgrass - 1:52.64 (NCAA A Cut; season best) (1:53.34 prelims) 7. Cynthia Pammett - 1:55.36 (NCAA B Cut; season best) (1:55.98 prelims) 12. Allie Day - 1:56.17 (1:56.60 prelims; 1:54.98 swim off; NCAA B Cut; season best) 13. Justine Ress - 1:56.83 (NCAA B Cut; season best) (1:57.27 prelims) 29. Dorina Szekeres - 1:59.20 season best 31. Shelby Carroll - 1:59.27 season best
4. Eric Ress - 1:41.58 (NCAA B Cut; season best) (1:42.76 prelims) 10. Steve Schmuhl - 1:42.87 (NCAA B Cut; career best) (1:44.41 prelims) 13. James Wells - 1:44.61 (1:44.55 prelims; NCAA B Cut; season best)
200 Breaststroke 6. Bronwyn Pasloski - 2:10.08 (NCAA B Cut; career best) (2:10.74 prelims)
6. Cody Miller - 1:55.10 (NCAA B Cut; season best) (1:57.09 prelims) 21. Mike Hurley - 1:59.99 (season best) (2:00.64 prelims) 25. Tanner Kurz - 2:01.06 season best 40. Blaine Nichols - 2:03.90 season best 48. Marijn van Zundert - 2:05.95 season best
200 Butterfly 4. Brenna MacLean - 1:55.82 (NCAA B Cut; 5th-fastest time in IU history) (1:56.97 prelims) 6. Gia Dalesandro - 1:56.78 (NCAA B Cut; season best) (1:57.97 prelims) 14. Bailey Pressey - 1:59.97 (1:58.55 prelims; NCAA B Cut; season best) 16. Haley Lips - 2:01.70 (1:58.94 prelims; NCAA B Cut; season best) 39. Dorina Szekeres - 2:02.62 season best
400 Freestyle Relay 4. Flederbach, Pammett, Armstrong, Snodgrass - 3:16.72 (School record; NCAA Qualifying Time)
9. Tavcar, Ress, Wells, J. Miller - 2:57.52
100 Free Time Trial Stephanie Armstrong - 50.63
200 Free Time Trial Madelon Webb - 1:52.91
100 Back Time Trial Shelby Carroll - 56.20
200 Breaststroke Time Trial Marijn van Zundert - 2:03.92
200 Fly Time Trial Michael Mohler - 1:53.40
400 IM Time Trial Blaine Nichols - 4:05.25
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