Miller Claims Title at USA Swimming Nationals
Aug. 9, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Recent Indiana University graduate Cody Miller burst onto the national stage Saturday night as he claimed the USA Swimming national championship in the 100 breaststroke as the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships continue in Irvine, California.
Miller took the win with a time of 59.91, earning a spot on Team USA for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships later this month in Australia.
"I wasn't really sure where I was, I was just focusing on not making my stroke too narrow and keep my hips high, something I have been working on," Miller said. "I am a little surprised; It is overwhelming and I am still kind of in shock. I am just really proud to make the (Pan Pac) team and I could not have done it without my coaches and teammates."
Miller's time is the ninth-fastest in the world this year as he goes under one minute for the first time in his career.
"Cody has worked so hard over the years and it is very gratifying to see him break through at a higher level," said IU head coach Ray Looze. "I want to recognize his club coach Ron Aitken and the entire IU coaching Staff for everyone's efforts to help get Cody to this point.
"Now it is time to move onto Australia to face another challenge on the journey to Rio in 2016."
Lindsay Vrooman started the night with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 4:12.45. That same race saw Katie Ledecky set a new world record in the event with a time of 3:58.86. Haley Lips took 16th overall with a B final swim of 4:12.45, while Stephanie Marchuk was 19th in prelims (4:14.45).
Freshman Cody Taylor swan the 18-and-under C final, finishing seventh in the race with a time of 1:03.73. That topped his prelim swim of 1:03.96. Tanner Kurz finished 36th (1:03.18) and Mike Hurley 60th (1:04.39) in prelims.
James Wells took eighth in the men's 100-meter backstroke final, touching in 55.41. Bob Glover was 43rd in the field (57.15), while on the women's side Shelby Carroll finished 48th (1:03.76) and Allie Day 52nd (1:04.13).
Competition wraps up Sunday with the 1,50 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle.
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