SEC point-scorer Josh Romany will be transferring from Tennessee to the Indiana Hoosiers after sitting out last season.
Romany is an international competitor for Trinidad & Tobago, and competed for that nation at the World Junior Championships back in 2013.
He swam his freshman season at Tennessee in 2014-2015, scoring at SECs in the 50 free (19.90) and leading off both freestyle relays. He sat out last season, competing almost entirely in long course meters.
When he originally committed to Tennessee back in 2014, Romany told SwimSwam he had taken official visits with the Volunteers, the Michigan Wolverines and the Indiana Hoosiers. He’ll now make the leap from Tennessee to Indiana in the Big Ten conference.
Romany told SwimSwam this week about his decision to transfer:
I am very excited about this move as I believe coach Ray and the rest of the staff would help me accomplish my short and long term swim goals. I know I will be an asset to the team. Go Hoosiers!
Romany’s Top Times
- 50 free (SCY): 19.90
- 100 free (SCY): 43.98
- 200 free (SCY): 1:36.99
- 50 free (LCM): 23.08
- 100 free (LCM): 50.83
- 200 free (LCM): 1:52.46
Those 50 and 100 free times would have put Romany into the B finals at last year’s Big Ten Championships.
Indiana just put sprint freestyler Blake Pieroni onto the U.S. Olympic team as a relay-only competitor on the 4×100 free relay. Pieroni was the Big Ten champ in the 100 and 200 frees and finished 10th and 8th, respectively, in those events at NCAAs. Pieroni will be a junior this coming season, pairing with Romany, who has only used up one year of college eligibility so far.
Romany will join an Indiana sprint group that has become a powerhouse – a dramatic turn from a run of years where sprint freestyle was the program’s glaring weakness. Pieroni will be a junior, NCAA 100 free B finalist Anze Tavcar a senior and NCAA 50 free B finalist Ali Khalafalla a junior.
That rise coincides with the hiring of multi-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Dennis Dale, who works with the Indiana sprint group under head coach Ray Looze. The Indiana coaching crew just put three swimmers onto the U.S. Olympic team this summer: Pieroni and breaststrokers Lilly King and Cody Miller.