Vini Lanza: “I’m pretty hype to see what I can go” in Next 100 Fly

2018 MEN’S B1G CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indiana University’s Vini Lanza captured 7 gold medals at last week’s 2018 Men’s Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Minnesota.

Lanza, a junior, won 3 individual titles and contributed to 4 relay wins for the Hoosiers, helping to put IU a slim 40 points ahead of the University of Michigan.

In addition to winning each of his races, Lanza improved his times and broke the 45-second barrier in the 100 fly for the first time in his career, clocking a 44.79 for a new Big Ten and pool record. He also put up a 1:39.95 in the 200 fly and split a 19.98 in the 50 fly on Indiana’s 200 medley relay.

Lanza graciously gives credit to the other teams that competed at Big Ten’s, and to his teammates who made Indiana’s victory and his medal haul possible. Lanza also praises fellow Brazilian Gabriel Fantoni for his victory in the 100 backstroke (45.79, but 45.17 leading off IU’s 400 medley relay), and it is easy to see that he is genuinely happy for his teammate’s accomplishments.

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Swamswum

This kid is a beast in the water and a class act. I could really see him being a superstar for Brazil down the road (2020 and beyond)

Carol Glover

Vini IS the best!

Mike

Indiana is starting to look like a favorite in the 400 medley

Swimmer!

Not so fast. The team of Caeleb Dressel, Caeleb Dressel, Caeleb Dressel, and Caeleb Dressel are poised to go a sub 2:59

SwimSwamSwum

You’re right, but the leadoff leg by Caeleb Dressel would need to be pretty low – a sub-:46.3 would be good enough to get a good lead for the other trio. Breastroker Caeleb Dressel, flyer Caeleb Dressel, and freestyler Caeleb Dressel would all need to go their respective American Records… can the quartet do it? Also, take into account the Longhorns record that was 2:59.22… the breastroker not-Dressel split a sub-:50… let’s see how it plays out!

Bigly

It’s often said that Caeleb Dressel’s relay starts are not as dominant as his flat starts, so the last three legs might not be as fast as predicted.

SwimSwamSwum

Yes, because a 17.9 50 free off a relay start is most definitely slower than an 18.2 50 free off a flat start.

Informant

This Dressel team is in silver medal contention, you are forgetting about the team of Dean Farrs, Dean Farris, Dean Farris, and Dean Farris.

Observer

Prediction: Indiana battles for the title

Tom from Chicago

Depends which Texas shows up. They don’t have much competition in their conference meet, but they have swum Big 12s much faster in the past. Indiana guys have proven to be tough. Impressed.

Bigly

I’m sure it will be the legendary, WRs in practice, can’t possibly be beaten Texas that everyone’s been hyperventilating about since the fall when they were saying Shebat wins the backs at NCAAs.

2Fat4Speed

Really going out on a limb there!

On Friday it will rain, or it won’t!

Bossanova

IU has a 50% chance of winning NCAAs. Either they win or they don’t.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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