TEXAS VS FLORIDA VS INDIANA
- Hosted by Indiana University
- Friday, October 21st-Saturday, October 22nd
- 50 meters (Friday)/25 yards (Saturday)
- Dual Meet Format
MEN’S TEAM SCORES OF LONG COURSE MEET
- Indiana 149, Texas 132
- Indiana 181, Florida 100
- Texas 185, Florida 196
Day 1 of the tri-meet between Texas, Indiana, and Florida is in the books, with the Indiana men and Longhorn women leading the way. The Hoosiers won a tight battle over the Longhorns on the men’s side, as their 149 points have them 17 up on Texas (132) heading into day 2.
Today’s events were contested in long course meters, with the short course yards version of them taking place tomorrow. The two meets are being treated as separate events with separate winners.
A pair of freestyle battles between Olympic gold medalists Townley Haas (Texas) and Blake Pieroni (Indiana) highlighted the men’s meet. American Record holder Haas took a slight edge in his signature 200 free, winning with a 1:51.29 to out-touch Pieroni (1:51.44).
Pieroni turned the tables when the two swimmers returned for the 100 free later in the session. In that race, Pieroni blasted a 50.14 to take the win over Haas (50.79).
Haas’ fellow Olympic gold medalist Jack Conger swept the butterfly events for the Longhorns. First, he made a back half charge in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:01.08 ahead of Florida’s Jan Switkowski (2:01.69). He then cranked out a 53.43 to win the 100 fly.
Indiana’s Marwan Elkamash and Texas’ Clark Smith, another Olympic gold medalist, traded blows in the distance freestyles. Elkamash led the way in the 800 free, winning with his 8:19.42 in the 800 free. Smith, on the other hand, was the 400 free champ in 3:55.99.
The defending NCAA Champions from the University of Texas were without several of their stars, including Joseph Schooling, Will Licon, Brett Ringgold, and Ryan Harty. Florida was without Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel, who has still not competed for the Gators this season, with head coach Gregg Troy saying he’s giving Dressel time to recover from a long summer of Olympic competition.a
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES OF LONG COURSE MEET
- Texas 170, Indiana 106
- Texas 186, Florida 90
- Indiana 150, Florida 131
On the women’s side, Olympic gold medalist Lilly King took on Texas’ Olivia Anderson in the 100 breast. Both swimmers broke the 1:10 barrier, but it was Indiana’s King who got to the wall first in 1:09.05 to Anderson’s 1:09.67.
Both swimmers returned to the pool for the 200 breast, but this time Texas’ Madisyn Cox was in the mix. Cox led a 1-2 punch for the Longhorns in 2:31.23, followed by Anderson (2:35.03) and King (2:36.38).
Texas’ Joanna Evans won a pair of events today, battling with Florida freshman Georgia Darwent in the distance freestyles. Evans, a Bahamian Olympian, posted an 8:50.16 to win the 800 free for the Longhorns. Darwent came in behind her in 8:52.39 to take 2nd for the Gators.
Evans also won the 400 free, posting the only sub-4:20 time of the field in 4:19.55 ahead of Darwent’s 4:21.80.
The Longhorn butterfly duo of Remedy Rule and Lauren Case took control of the women’s fly races, going 1-2 in both the 100 and 200. Rule finished 1st in both events, posting times of 2:13.52 in the 200 fly and 1:01.50 in the 100 fly.
PRESS RELEASE – INDIANA
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams got the 2016-17 season off to a great start on Friday, posting three wins in a long-course meters tri-meet with Texas and Florida at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosier men posted two wins on Friday, beating two-time defending NCAA Champion Texas, 149-132, and taking down Florida, who placed third at last season’s NCAA Championships, 181-100. For the Indiana women, the Hoosiers beat Florida, 150-131, but fell to Texas, 170-106.
“I have to congratulate our men’s swimming and diving team,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze remarked. “That’s the first win we have ever gotten over Texas or Florida in over 40 years. Our guys definitely came to race and I am super proud of them. Nobody was at full strength, but that happens this time of year and who show up with is who you have to compete with and I thought our guys were real competitive. I’m really proud of our men.
“I thought our women started off the meet great but faded. A lot of that has to do with taking care of your body during a meet and keeping that competitive edge and not easing up. I thought we got a little bit complacent. Overall, to have three wins against this level of competition is good and we can be a lot better.”
In the men’s 200 medley relay, the Hoosier team of Bob Glover, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza and Ali Khalafalla won with a time of 1:41.58 – the fifth-best time in school history. On the women’s side, the IU team of Brooklyn Snodgrass, Lilly King, Gia Dalesandro and Gabriela Rajic took second with a school-record mark of 1:55.72.
The Hoosier men had a great showing in the 200 freestyle, with 2016 Rio gold medalist Blake Pieroni leading the way, coming in second with a time of 1:51.44. Elkamash was third in a time of 1:52.23, while 2016 Team Slovenia Olympian Anze Tavcar touched fifth with a mark of 1:53.73. A 2016 bronze medalist for Team Canada in Rio, Kennedy Goss paced IU in the women’s 200 freestyle, touching the wall third in a time of 2:03.65.
The Indiana men went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, with Glover winning in a time of 57.36. Teammate Wilson Beckman was second overall with a mark of 58.40. On the women’s side, Snodgrass placed third with a time of 1:04.91.
The Hoosiers swept the 100 breaststroke on Saturday, with King winning for the women and Finnerty touching first on the men’s side. King, the 2016 Olympic champion in the event, won with a time of 1:09.05, while teammate Laura Morley placed fifth with a mark of 1:15.02. Finnerty won the men’s 100 breast with a time of 1:05.11.
Reagan Cook led the IU women in the 200 butterfly, placing fourth with a time of 2:18.29, while Dalesandro came in fifth with a mark of 2:18.88. On the men’s side, Lanza touched the wall fourth in a time of 2:07.10, while Max Irwin was fifth in 2:08.12.
Indiana swept the top-3 in the men’s 50 freestyle, with Khalafalla winning with a time of 22.61. The 2016 Team Egypt Olympian was followed by Pieroni in second at 23.01 and Tavcar in third in 23.45.
In the men’s 1m dive, 2016 Rio Summer Olympic silver medalist Michael Hixon made his return to Bloomington, winning the event with a NCAA qualifying score of 394.30. Fellow Olympian and teammate James Connor placed third
In the women’s 3m dive, IU’s Michal Bower placed second overall with a personal-best score of 335.15. With her NCAA qualifying mark, Bower now ranks as the 12th-best performer in the event in school history. Making her Hoosier debut, Taylor Pamplin placed sixth with a score of 271.30.
IU had another strong showing in the 100 freestyle, with Pieroni earning his second win of the day, touching first overall with a time of 50.14. Khalafalla was third in a time of 51.33, while Tavcar took fifth with a mark of 51.48.
In the 200 backstroke, Goss led the Hoosiers, winning with a time of 2:15.53, leading a trio of top-5 finishers. Shelly Drozdacame in third with a mark of 2:18.71, while Rachel Matsumura took fifth in a time of 2:19.51. On the men’s side, Beckman led the IU charge, placing fourth with a time of 2:07.79.
Cody Taylor led the IU men in the 200 breaststroke, placing second overall with a time of 2:24.17. Freshman Jack Kucharczyk was fifth overall in a mark of 2:25.18. On the women’s side, King was third in a time of 2:36.38.
Elkamash continued his great debut for the Hoosiers, placing second in the men’s 400 freestyle with a time of 3:56.35. Matt Anderson was third in 4:05.08, while Destrampe took fifth in a mark of 4:06.04. On the women’s side, Marchuk led the way, placing third with a time of 4:23.00, while Jernberg took fifth in 4:26.61.
In the 100 butterfly, Lanza placed second for the IU men with a time of 54.71, while Dalesandro highlighted the Hoosier women’s effort, taking third with a mark of 1:01.87.
Lanza placed third overall in the men’s 200 IM with a time of 2:09.75, while Dalesandro led the IU women, taking fourth in the event with a time of 2:24.69. Sam Lisy was fifth with a time of 2:24.76.
In the final event of the night, the Hoosier men trotted out four Olympians – Pieroni, Khalafalla, Tavcar and Elkamash – with the quartet placing second overall with a time of 3:23.84. The relay’s time is the fourth-fastest in IU history.
The Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be back in action on Saturday, October 22 when the team hosts Florida and Texas in a short-course yards tri-meet at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET.