IU Strong on Day 2 of Swimming Nationals
Aug. 7, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Another Indiana University school record fell by the wayside and the Hoosiers finished with five top-16 finishes on day two of the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.
Lindsay Vrooman posted her second top-16 finish in as many events, taking 13th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.38. She was the final qualifier for the B final after her prelim time of 2:00.37. Junior Haley Lips finished 22nd in the morning swim with a time of 2:01.25
Junior Steve Schmuhl made his way into the B final of the men's 200 free, finishing 15th overall with a time of 1:49.76. He broke the IU long course meters record in prelims with a time of 1:49.52.
That record did not last though as freshman Blake Pieroni took second in the 18-and-under C final with a time of 1:49.26. He made it back after posting a 1:50.84 in the morning. Senior Mike Hurley finished 37th overall (1:51.25) and sophomore Jackson Miller 55th (1:52.36).
In his two weeks of swimming in Irvine, Pieroni has set Indiana state 17-18 age group records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.
Recent IU graduate and NCAA All-American Cody Miller placed sixth overall in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:11.41. He earned his spot in the championship final after posting a 2:11.28 in prelims.
Freshman Cody Taylor came from behind to win the B final of the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.73, putting him ninth overall in the field. Junior Tanner Kurz touched the wall eighth in the consolation race with a 2:15.19. Hurley was 70th overall in prelims (2:22.03).
In the women's 200 back, junior Shelby Carroll was the top Hoosier, finishing 41st (2:17.15), while senior Allie Day was 46th (2:17.58). On the men's side, Schmuhl just missed a second swim with an 18th-place finish in prelims (2:01.59), while James Wells was 25th (2:02.58).
Action continues Friday with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke.
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