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Though May has been marked by major staff turnover in Bloomington (with assistant coaches Coley Stickels and Caitlin Hamilton both leaving for head coaching gigs and Kirk Grand moving to a different state), the month was also a banner one for IU-trained athletes, particularly the breaststroke group.
At the Bloomington Pro Swim Series, Indiana-trained pro breaststrokers dominated for both men and women, putting up national- and world-ranked times.
On the women’s side, a combination of Lilly King and Annie Lazor hit for four top-3 swims worldwide across the breaststroke distances, two apiece. Meanwhile on the men’s side, Cody Miller went off for the top times this season among all Americans in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Here’s a look at those world and national rankings for IU-based pros:
- Lilly King: #1 world-ranked 50 breast, 30.03
- Lilly King: #1 world-ranked 100 breast: 1:05.68
- Annie Lazor: #3 world-ranked 100 breast, 1:06.03
- Annie Lazor: #1 world-ranked 200 breast, 2:20.77
- Cody Miller: #1 nationally-ranked 100 breast, 59.24
- Cody Miller: #1 nationally-ranked 200 breast, 2:08.98
For the world, Miller ranks inside the top 10 for the season in the 100 breast, and inside the top 20 for the 200 breast. The IU breaststroke group was also deep this month: at that Bloomington meet, Ian Finnerty was also an A finalist in the men’s 100 breast and Noelle Peplowski an A finalist in the women’s 100 breast. Finnerty was 3rd in the men’s 50 breast. And both Laura Morley and Peplowski were A finalists in the women’s 200 breast.
That’s a great showing for coach Ray Looze‘s breaststroke group heading into a much-anticipated summer for Team USA.
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