IU Battles Texas, Michigan This Friday in Austin
Oct. 25, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is coming off a split in its opening weekend, defeating Kentucky, 189-111, and falling to Tennessee, 183-117. The Hoosiers won three events at the double dual meet, including a sweep of the backstroke events by freshman Brooklyn Snodgrass. Friday's scored meet between the Hoosiers, Longhorns and Wolverines will include the following events: 1,000 Freestyle 200 Medley Relay 200 Freestyle 100 Backstroke 100 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 50 Freestyle 100 Freestyle 200 Backstroke 200 Breaststroke 500 Freestyle 100 Butterfly 400 IM 400 Freestyle Relay 3-Meter Diving 1- Meter Diving On Saturday the teams will participate in a non-scored meet with the following events: 100 Butterfly 200 Backstroke 100 Breaststroke 200 Freestyle 50 Butterfly 50 Backstroke 50 Breaststroke 50 Freestyle 500 Freestyle 200 Butterfly 100 Backstroke 200 Breaststroke 100 Freestyle 200 Individual Medley
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana opened its 2012-13 campaign with a 189-111 win over Kentucky and a 183-117 loss to Tennessee in Lexington, Ky. Indiana was paced by junior Lindsay Vrooman and freshman Brooklyn Snodgrass as both picked up wins on the day. Vrooman won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:00.12. She also took sixth in the 200 free (1:51.29) and second in the 500 free (4:53.57). Competing in her first collegiate meet, Snodgrass was part of the 200 medley relay team that finished second (1:41.79), while taking first in the 100 backstroke (53.96) and 200 backstroke (1:57.40). She also placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:06.26) to lead the Hoosiers. Another freshman making a solid debut is Haley Lips. Lips was fourth in the 200 free (1:49.44), second in the 200 butterfly (2:00.88), and second in the 200 medley relay.
HOOSIER OLYMPIANS Indiana women's swimming and diving was represented at the 2012 London Games by two former and one current Hoosier. Former IU diver Christina Loukas (2005-09) represented Team USA on the 3-meter springboard, placing 8th in the final. Recent IU graduate and 2012 All-American Margaux Farrell swam for France, where she took home a bronze medal as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team. Current IU sophomore Dorina Szekeres represented her native Hungary in the 200-meter backstroke, placing fourth in her heat and 35th overall. Indiana was also represented in the NBC broadcast booth as former Hoosier diver Cynthia Potter handled diving commentator duties.
LIPS MAKES SPLASH AT YMCA NATIONALS Indiana University freshman swimmer Haley Lips was on a record-setting tear at the YMCA National Long Course Championships in Atlanta, Ga., earning two gold medals at the meet this past July. Lips of Middle Tyger club team won the women's 400-meter free in national-record time. Lips recorded a time of 4:17.56 to lower Shelby Fortin's 4:19.65 from 2010. Lips collected her second gold medal of the evening after posting the fastest time in the women's 200-meter individual medley at 2:19.52.
LIPS NAMED TO JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM Indiana University freshman swimmer Haley Lips as been named to the USA Swimming 2012-13 Junior National Team. Lips was named to the team in the 200-meter freestyle after posting a time of 2:01.63 at the Olympic Trials this past June. All members of the 2012 Junior Pan Pac team were named to the roster. In addition, athletes with the top six fastest times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the 2012 U.S. Open and the 2012 USA Swimming Junior Nationals were selected. Lips was also a member of the 2011-12 Junior National Team in the 100 and 200 butterflies. She placed sixth in the 200 freestyle at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
PAMMETT COMPETES AT JUNIOR PAN PACS Indiana University sophomore swimmer Cynthia Pammett missed out on the first week of classes last week but for a good reason; Pammett was representing her native Canada at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the 100-meter backstroke, Pammett placed eighth with a time of 1:03.60. She placed seventh in prelims, clocking in at 1:03.14. In the 100 freestyle she finished 11th overall at 56.47. In the 200-meter backstroke competition, Pammett posted her second top-eight finish, placing eighth in a time of 2:16.47. Pammett was also eighth in the prelim round (2:15.38). In the final day of competition on Sunday, Pammett touched the wall in 2:22.03 in the 200-meter individual medley, good for 13th overall.
HUBER, WINGFIELD EARN USA DIVING AWARDS Indiana head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber and assistant coach John Wingfield were honored in October 2012 at the United States Aquatic Sports awards banquet in Greensboro, N.C. For the fifth-consecutive year and the 12th time in his career, Huber was given the Mike Peppe Award, presented to the outstanding senior diving coach. Indiana Diving won the overall team title at the AT&T National Diving Championships in August. Wingfield was presented with the Glenn McCormick Award, which is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of diving. Until recently accepting a position as assistant diving coach at IU, Wingfield had served as director and head coach of USA Diving's National Training Center. He also spent 10 years coaching at Ball State University prior to moving to Indianapolis in 1998. Wingfield served as the coach of USA Diving's Regional Training Center until 2005, when Indianapolis became the home of the National Training Center and he became director and associate head coach. Wingfield has coached at many international diving events, most notably when he served as head coach of the 2008 Olympic Team. He will serve on the coaching staff at next month's FINA World Junior Championships.
HOOSIERS PLACE SECOND AT BIG TENS Indiana fought its way to a second-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Championships held in Iowa City, Iowa. Competing without some of its top talent, Indiana finished just 29.5 points behind winner Minnesota, tallying a score of 651 points. Senior Allysa Vavra was named the Swimmer of the Championships after a record-setting meet. Vavra defended her Big Ten title in the 200 individual medley with a school and Big Ten meet record time of 1:55.44. She then topped her own Big Ten record in the 400 IM, winning her second-straight title in 4:01.41. Vavra also took third in the 200 breaststroke, breaking her own school mark at 2:08.79. Sophomore Lindsay Vrooman won her first Big Ten title, taking the 1,650 freestyle in 16:00.44. That is the third-fastest time in school history and the first Big Ten title for IU in the event since Jennifer Hooker in 1982. Vrooman also took second in the 500 free. Indiana's 800 free relay team of Brittany Strumbel, Lindsay Vrooman, Nikki White and Margaux Farrell broke their own Big Ten record with a winning time of 7:00.82. Sophomore Brenna MacLean set a new personal best of 1:56.77 in the 200 butterfly, finishing second to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors. She also took fifth in the 100 fly. Farrell was seventh in the 100 free and fourth in the 500 free and picked up first-team All-Big Ten honors for her role on the winning 800 free relay team. Strumbel took second in the 200 free, 10th in the 100 free and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as part of the 800 free relay team. Freshman Lauren Jordan was a medalist in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing third in a personal best of 16:07.62. She also finished ninth in the 500 free. Freshman Justine Ress finished as runner-up in the 100 back in a time of 53.02. Her season best of 52.92 was set on the 400 medley relay at Big Tens. She also took third in the 200 back (1:54.51). Freshman Allie Day was fourth in the 200 back (1:55.22) and set her season best of 1:54.95 in prelims. Taylor Wohrley posted a top-five finish in the 100 back, taking fifth (53.34). She was also fourth in the 200 back (1:55.22). Junior Ashley Specht was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with her season-best time of 1:00.38. Sophomore Bronwyn Pasloski placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.36), with a season-best time of 2:12.04 in prelims. Freshman Dorina Szekeres placed fifth in the 400 IM in 4:13.92 and set a career best of 4:13.26 in the prelims. She also placed 11th in the 200 back (1:57.76). The 200 freestyle relay team of Farrell, Strumbel, Stephanie Armstrong and Ress placed sixth (1:30.85), the third-fastest time in school history. The 400 free relay team of Strumbel, Farrell, Vavra and Courey Schaefer was sixth (3:19.50). Indiana's 200 medley relay team of Day, Specht, Kim Tracey and Armstrong took fifth in 1:38.74, the third-fastest time in school history. The 400 medley relay team of Ress, Specht, MacLean and Farrell finished fifth in 3:34.61, the fourth-fastest time in IU records. Gabby Agostino placed fourth in the 1-meter competition with a season-best score of 331.15. She also finished third on the 3-meter (355.70) and sixth on the platform (282.00). Kate Hillman took eight on the 1-meter (286.80) and was 13th on the 3-meter (299.45) and 21st on the platform (216.05).
INDIANA AT THE NCAA MEET The Hoosiers have produced four NCAA champions, two of whom have come in the last four NCAA meets. Kimiko Hirai was the first female NCAA Champion for IU, winning the 1-meter springboard at the 1996 NCAA Championships. Cassandra Cardinell won the NCAA platform title in 2005. Christina Loukas continued IU's strong diving tradition with an NCAA Championship title in the 3-meter springboard in 2009. In 2010, Kate Fesenko became the first NCAA Champion in a swimming event for IU, winning the 200 backstroke. The Hoosiers have posted three top-10 finishes in the last five years (2008, 09, 10) and four overall. Indiana best showing at the national meet came in 2008-09 when it posted 152 points.
LOOZE SERVES AS U.S. COACH AT DUEL IN THE POOL Indiana head coach Ray Looze served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming for the men's squad at the 2011 Duel in the Pool, Dec. 17-18 in Atlanta, Ga. The men easily out-distanced their European All-Star counterparts, winning 100.5-30.5. The U.S. women set America records in the 50-meter backstroke (Natalie Coughlin), 100-meter backstroke (Coughlin), 200-meter butterfly (Kathleen Hersey), 400-meter freestyle relay and set a world record in the 400-meter medley relay. Davis Tarwater set an American record for the men in the 200-meter butterfly Combining the men and women's scores, the United States easily defeated the European All-Stars, 181.5-80.5.
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