IU Records Fall on Day 1 of USA Swimming Nationals
Aug. 6, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Indiana University swimming saw school records fall in the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle to highlight day one of the 2014 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.
Senior Steve Schmuhl blasted a 1:58.64 in the B final of the 200 butterfly to finish second in the heat and 10th overall. That is a new IU long course meters record, topping his old mark of 1:59.05 set last year. Max Irwin was 2:02.79 in prelims, good for 46th.
Freshman Blake Pieroni finished in a tie for first in the C final of the 100-meter freestyle, posting a time of 49.69. That is a new IU long course meters record, topping the mark of 49.90 he set in prelims. Former Hoosier Dan Kanorr placed 51st in 50.58.
Pieroni's morning swim broke the long-standing 100-meter freestyle record of 49.99 set by Jim Montgomery at the 1976 Olympics. Montgomery swam at those Olympic Games between his junior and senior seasons at IU.
Lindsay Vrooman, who just wrapped up her IU career this spring, was the top Hoosier finisher of the day, placing fourth in the 800-meter freestyle with an 8:29.06. Stephanie Marchuk was 42nd in the field (8:50.63).
Junior Haley Lips took 14th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:12.56. Lips went 2:12.61 in prelims that put her in a tie for 17th. That triggered a swim-off for the first alternate spot, which Lips won in 2:12.03. A scratch in the A final put Lips in the B final as the 16th qualifier.
In the final event of the night, Mike Hurley, Irwin, Grayson Smith and Joe Powell finished 10th in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:27.05.
The meet, which runs through Sunday, features Hoosiers in the 200 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and 50 butterfly on Thursday.
100 Freestyle T-17. Blake Pieroni - 49.69 (new IU record) 49.90 prelims 51. Dan Kanorr - 50.58
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