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Indiana University announced today on their swimming & diving Instagram page the transfer pickup of Brazilian butterflier Iago Moussalem. He will join the Hoosiers for the second semester.
- 100y free – 44.58
- 200y free – 1:37.22
- 500y free – 4:27.27
- 100y fly – 46.21
- 200y fly – 1:43.30
- 50m fly – 24.25
- 100m fly – 52.13
- 200m fly – 1:59.56
Moussalem has spent his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons with Miami (OH). With Miami, he joined up in January during the 2016-17 season, then spent full seasons with them in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He was 47.75 for 4th at the 2017 MAC Championships in the 100 fly as a freshman, and just 1:53.89 in the 200 fly. In 2018, he came down to a 47.26 in the 100 fly and 1:45.73 in the 200 fly to place second in both races, and last season, he won both races at 46.37 and 1:43.30, respectively. He did not race with Miami in the fall semester.
He improved his 100 fly down to 46.21 at the Boiler-Make-It last chance meet, in March, but couldn’t quite get to the 45.90 it would take to make NCAAs last season. He was also within a second of the 200 fly invited time (1:42.35).
This summer, Moussalem swam a 52.08 butterfly split on Brazil’s 4×100 medley relay at the 2019 World University Games, where they won a bronze medal. He was also eighth in the individual 100 fly. In 2018, he finished seventh at the Pan Pac Championships in the 100 fly (52.17).
Indiana should benefit from this addition, especially as they just graduated another Brazilian butterflier, Vini Lanza, who won the 100 fly at NCAAs and was runner-up in the 200 fly last season.
IU is already looking very strong in butterfly this year, though. They have Bruno Blaskovic (45.33), Gabriel Fantoni (45.75), and Van Mathias (45.90) returning from last season in the 100 fly, along with Mathias (1:42.30) and Corey Gambardella (1:42.67) in the 200. This year, they added freshman Brendan Burns, who has already been 46.12 in the 100 and 1:41.45 in the 200 and leads the team in both events.
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