Unoffiicial, yet legit.
The Indiana University swim team competed in an unofficial swim meet at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center Thursday night, setting 8 “unofficial” world records in men and women mixed relays.
The team was racing to establish world records of mixed, men and women, freestyle and medley relays in short and long course meters (SCM, LCM).
The records will not be official until certified by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA).
For proof of swims, the pool was measured before and immediately after the meet and the swimmers were drug tested throughout the night.
Eric Demlinger and his assistant work for Bledsoe Riggert Guerrettaz a land surveying organization in Bloomington, Ind.
“We were called to measure the pool before and after,” Demlinger said. “It has to be immediately after
to certify the records.”
Demlinger measured each individual lane, for 25 and 50 meters, making sure the measurement stayed within 3 cm.
“We had to do it touchpad to touchpad,” he said. “It was hard because it was underwater.”
The meet was an informal match-up against IU and local swim teams such as, Councilman Center Swim Team, Bloomington Swim Club and Martinsville Swim Club.
Coach Ray Looze came into the pool without exact line-ups, but excited for the event.
“We kept it on a down-low to other teams,” he said. “We didn’t want them to know, because these records will be short-lived.”
The events consisted of the mainly focused events, the mixed relays, but also women and men only relays and individual events.
Allie Day, a junior, said the meet was “a once in a lifetime opportunity,” for herself and everyone who competed.
“It let me feel like a world record holder,” she said. “which is an awesome feeling.”
New FINA World Records Set:
4×100 LCM mixed freestyle relay
Lindsay Vrooman, Kait Flederbach, Steve Schmuhl, Jackson Miller – 3:45.38
4×100 LCM mixed medley relay
Allie Day, Mike Hurley, Tanner Kurz, Haley Lips – 4:13.47
4×50 SCM mixed medley relay
James Wells, Cody Miller, Gia Dalesandro, Olivia Barker – 1:49.87
4×50 SCM mixed freestyle relay
Bailey Pressey, Stephanie Armstrong, Tanner Kurz, Cody Miller – 1:41.16
4×50 SCM women’s freestyle relay
Stephanie Marchuk, Claudia DiCapua, Audrey Scott, Grace Padget – 1:54.97
4×50 SCM men’s freestyle relay
Cody Miller, James Wells, Matt Gerth, Philip Butler – 1:36.81
4×50 SCM women’s medley relay
Grace Padget, Heather Hayes, Bailey Pressey, Claudia DiCapua – 2:04.34
4×50 SCM men’s medley relay
Curtis Goss, Blaine Nichols, Kyle Johnson, Tanner Kurz – 1:50.07