WATTS WINS 3-METER DIVE AND THREE MORE RECORDS FALL ON DAY 2 OF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 21, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI PRESS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS – Cody Watts became IUPUI's first individual diving champion in five years helping the IUPUI men's swimming and diving team finish Day 2 of The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships in third place.
The Jaguars sit in third behind Denver and South Dakota State. The Pioneers lead with 372 points, followed by the Jackrabbits and the Jaguars with 206 points and 193 points, respectively.
Watts didn't get off to the best of starts in the 3-meter dive final, but he finished with four strong dives to become IUPUI's first conference diving champion since Jaron Tuttle in 2009. Watts was seeded fourth coming into the evening finals, and managed to come away with a personal-best score of 344.40 to win by 6.35 points.
"Cody did what he had to do tonight and he provided a major lift for us," head coach Matt Bos said. "He has put in a lot of hard work with our diving coach Sean McCarthy and he beat some good divers tonight."
In addition to Watts, the Jags also set three new school records on Day 2 of the conference championships.
One of those came from Alexander Rhoda, who broke his own school record in the 'B' final of the 200 IM. Rhoda won the heat in a new school-record time of 1:53.20 to place ninth overall in the event, and Daniel Heringer wasn't far behind placing 11th overall at 1:54.41.
In the 500 freestyle, Rich Sunkel secured a spot in the 'A' final with a time of 4:32.43 in the morning prelims, which marked a personal-best and the second-best mark in school history. James Salmon also gave IUPUI a swimmer in the 'B' final with a personal-best time of 4:40.01 in the morning prelims.
Despite the fact that both narrowly missed on bettering their times in the evening finals, Sunkel placed seventh overall in the 'A' final at 4:32.95, while Salmon finished seventh in the 'B' final and 15th overall at 4:41.29.
To close the morning session, Lennart Kuester broke one of IUPUI's oldest records. Kuester went the two lengths of the 50 free in 20.70 seconds to finish fourth in the prelims and break A.J. Parks previous school record of 20.73 set on Dec. 5, 2003. Adam Ferguson gave the Jaguars a second swimmer in the 'A' final when he claimed the final spot with a time of 21.05.
In the evening final, both Kuester and Ferguson tied for seventh with identical times of 20.82, marking a personal-best for Ferguson.
Ferguson, Kuester, Tony Carroll and Jared Allen then combined to place third in the 200 freestyle relay, setting a new school-record in that event at 1:22.55.
The Jags continue action on Friday, Feb. 21, with morning prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and evening finals resuming at 6 p.m. On Friday, senior swimmers and divers from all Summit League institutions will be honored beginning at 6 p.m.