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February 13, 2012
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Feb. 13, 2012

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NO. 12 INDIANA AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 15-18, 2012
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Iowa City, Iowa

SETTING THE SCENE
• The Hoosiers look to defend their Big Ten title as they travel to the 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
• Indiana has won three Big Ten Championships in a row and four of the last five.
• The Hoosiers have two returning individual champions:
- Senior Allysa Vavra (400 Individual Medley, 200 Individual Medley)
- Sophomore Laura Ryan (Platform Diving)
• Indiana is also the defending Big Ten Champion in the 800 freestyle relay.

• The meet begins with a single session at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

• On Thursday, Feb. 16-Satuday, Feb. 19, the preliminary sessions will begin at 12 p.m. ET each day, with finals at 7:30 p.m. ET each day.

NEWS AND NOTES
• Indiana is ranked No. 12 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The Hoosiers are the top-ranked Big Ten team, followed by No. 14 Ohio State, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 17 Michigan, No. 19 Wisconsin, and No. 20 Penn State
• The Hoosiers were 3-1 in dual meet competition against Big Ten teams this year, defeating Michigan, Penn State and Purdue. The lone loss came at Michigan on Jan. 7.

COZAD, RYAN WIN NATIONAL TITLE
• Indiana University junior Amy Cozad and sophomore Laura Ryan teamed up to win a national title in the synchronized platform competition at the 2012 USA Diving Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.
• Cozad and Ryan were in first place after the morning semifinal round, tallying 311.16 points, 13.86 points ahead of second-place finishers Jessica Parratto and Anna James. In the evening final they held off the team of Haley Ishimatsu and Mary-Beth Dunnichay, finishing with 632.70 points. Ishimatsu and Dunnichay followed with 626.58 points.
• By virtue of their finish the pair earned a spot on the U.S. team at the FINA World Cup, Feb. 20-26 in London, England.
• It is the second USA Diving national title for Cozad this year. In August she teamed with former Hoosier Amy Korthauer to win the same event at the AT&T Summer National Diving Championships.

VAVRA EARNS BRONZE AT PAN AM GAMES
• Indiana University senior Allysa Vavra won a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
• American Julia Smit took gold with a time of 4:46.15, followed by Brazil’s Joana Maranhao with the silver in 4:46.33.
• Vavra took home her first international medal with a time of 4:48.05. That is the fourth-fastest time in the Indiana record books.
• Vavra had the second-fastest qualifying time for the A final, winning her heat in a time of 4:53.76, two seconds behind Smit.
• Vavra is a member of the U.S. National Team in the 400-meter IM.
• Vavra was not the only Hoosier competing at the Pan Am Games. Sophomore Brenna MacLean swam for Team Canada, finishing sixth in the 200-meter butterfly while junior Amy Cozad and IU graduate Amy Korthauer placed fourth in the synchro platform competition with a score of 257.16. Korthauer finished ninth (262.00) and Cozad 10th (260.60) in the platform event.
• Diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber served as an assistant on the USA Diving staff at the event.

RYAN NAMED BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK
• Indiana University sophomore Laura Ryan was named the co-Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 25.
• Competing in the first meet of the 2011-12 season, Ryan won the 3-meter springboard title in a dual meet with Tennessee and Kentucky. Ryan’s score of 370.65 is an NCAA Zone qualifying mark. She also took second in the 1-meter, tallying 290.75 points, which is also an NCAA Zone qualifier.
• Ryan again picked up the Big Ten Diver of the Week honor on Nov. 2.
• Ryan was honored after sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter events in a double dual meet with Texas and Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. In the 1-meter competition she posted a score of 365.70, and tallied a final score of 298.95 on the 3-meter. Both marks are NCAA Zone qualifying scores.

VAVRA NAMED BIG TEN SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
• After putting up an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 individual medley, and setting a new school record in the 200 individual medley, Indiana University senior swimmer Allysa Vavra was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the first time in her career on Dec. 6
• Competing against the likes of Georgia, California and Auburn at the Georgia Invitational last weekend, Vavra took second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.60. That mark automatically qualifies her for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. and is also the third fastest time in school history. Vavra now owns the five fastest times ever at IU.
• Vavra also took third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.80. That is an NCAA provisional qualifying time and also sets a new IU record, surpassing her previous time of 1:57.01 set at the 2011 Big Ten Championships. Vavra currently holds school records in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke.
• The senior also posted NCAA provisional times in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:22.25), 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.11) and the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:14.48).
• Vavra was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season on Jan. 24 after posting victories in all of her individual races against Purdue. Vavra took first in the 1,000 freestyle (9:51.23), a time that ranks in the top 20 nationally. Her win in the 200 breaststroke came with an NCAA provisional time of 2:15.67. Vavra then added a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.84.

COZAD NAMED BIG TEN DIVER OF THE WEEK
• Junior diver Amy Cozad was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week on Jan. 24.
• Cozad shared the women’s diver of the week honor after a first-place finish on the platform against Purdue. Her score of 354.53 is a season best and the fifth-highest tally in school history, as well as a new school dual meet record.

LOOZE SERVES AS U.S. COACH AT DUEL IN THE POOL
• Indiana head coach Ray Looze served as an assistant coach with USA Swimming for the men’s squad at the 2011 Duel in the Pool, Dec. 17-18 in Atlanta, Ga.
• The men easily out-distanced their European All-Star counterparts, winning 100.5-30.5.
• The U.S. women set America records in the 50-meter backstroke (Natalie Coughlin), 100-meter backstroke (Coughlin), 200-meter butterfly (Kathleen Hersey), 400-meter freestyle relay and set a world record in the 400-meter medley relay. Davis Tarwater set an American record for the men in the 200-meter butterfly
• Combining the men and women’s scores, the United States easily defeated the European All-Stars, 181.5-80.5.


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