Indiana’s Michael Brinegar, Andrew Capobianco To Redshirt 2019-2020 NCAA Season

Indiana’s top two returning scorers from the 2019 NCAA Championships – diver Andrew Capobianco and distance man Michael Brinegar – will be sitting out the coming college season.

Indiana coach Ray Looze confirmed the news to SwimSwam today. The two join a growing list of Olympic-year redshirts, focusing on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics instead of the 2019-2020 NCAA season.

From a team points perspective, though, it’s a real blow to Indiana – both were considered NCAA title contenders in at least one event. Capobianco was the team’s top returning point-scorer: he put up 20 points on the diving boards last year, winning the national 3-meter title. He was also projected to move back into scoring range on 1-meter (he was 24th last year, but factoring out seniors moved him to 14th) and was third on platform as a freshman before taking 28th last year.

Brinegar would have been a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He was 2nd at NCAAs in the 1650 free, going 14:27.50 and was a true title contender this year. He was also on the cusp of scoring in the 500.

Internationally, though, both have plenty of reason to sit the year out in the college realm.

Capobianco was on the U.S. roster for the 2019 World Championships, placing 8th in the synchronized 3-meter springboard with partner (and IU alum) Michael Hixon. He also won a bronze medal with Katrina Young for the mixed team event – though that event is not included in the Olympic program. At Pan Ams, he won two more bronzes: one in the individual 1-meter event and another in the 3-meter synchro, again with Hixon. USA Diving will hold its Olympic Trials from June 14-21 in Indianapolis.

Brinegar is a U.S. National Teamer in open water, and finished 3rd among Americans at Open Water Nationals in May. Olympic bids in open water have already been determined, though, so Brinegar is more likely chasing a berth in either the 800 or 1500 in the pool. Brinegar was 4th among Americans in both events last summer, and only about four seconds out of second place in both. He is expected to spend the year training in California with the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

Here’s the running list of Olympic redshirts, gap years and deferrals we’ve reported so far:

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The michael phelps caterpillar
1 year ago

My wife took a redshirt from our marriage 5 years ago.

The Michael Phelps Butterfly
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
1 year ago

It was medical babe, I met a doctor

1 year ago

There’s a shocker.

1 year ago

Looks like IU won’t be winning Big Tens this year…

Reply to  SeaMonster
1 year ago

did they clinch it for them last season?

Reply to  sillynilly
1 year ago

Probably not, but losing Zapple/Finnerty/Lanza also hurts

Reply to  SeaMonster
1 year ago

Gonna be a battle between osu and UofM. gonna be interesting to see.

Reply to  swim
1 year ago

Go Buckeyes!!!!!! Great place to be a swimmer.

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