Schmidt Adds 3M Title, Hoosiers 2nd After Day 3 of B1G Championships
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IU SPORTS RELEASE
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior Darian Schmidtmade it a sweep of the springboard diving events with the 3-meter title and the Hoosiers remain in second place after three days of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Indiana enters the final day of competition with 406 points. Michigan leads (599), with Ohio State on the Hoosiers heels with 354 points. Penn State is fourth (265), followed by Purdue (219.5).
Anze Tavcar, Cody Miller, Eric Ress and Yianni Thermosstarted the night with a fifth-place finish in the 200 free relay, going 1:19.65. That is well off the school record of 1:17.97 set at last year's Big Ten meet.
Steve Schmuhl moved up two spots from his 2013 finish in the 400 individual medley, taking third in a time of 3:43.55. That is just 7/100ths of a second off an A cut and 1/100th of a second faster than his prelim swim. Michael Mohlertook 27th overall after finishing the bonus final in 3:57.55.
Max Irwin made his first championship final in an individual event, with the freshman finishing eighth in the 100 butterfly in a time of 47.76. In prelims he went a career best 47.67. In a consolation final where first through fourth were separated by 1/10th of a second, James Wells touched fourth in 47.89, good for 12th overall. His time of 47.79 in prelims is a career best.
Jackson Miller took fifth in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle, good for 13th overall with a time of 1:36.92. His prelim swim of 1:36.34 is a career best. Anze Tavcar bettered his personal best by 1/100th of a second, finishing in 1:38.18, 33rd overall. Bradley Stamper set a new career time of 1:39.42 to place 41st in the field. Grayson Smith's time of 1:39.52 put him 44th in the field. Sam Lorentzpopped a 1:40.29, a new career best and 50th overall.
Cody Miller'sstring of Big Ten backstroke titles came to an end as he finished second in 51.99, 2/10ths of a second off the winning time. His mark is the third-best in IU history and gives him three times under 52 seconds and all five top times in IU history.
Mike Hurley placed 12th overall after a 53.68 in the consolation final. Tanner Kurz swam the consolation final with Hurley, finishing 15th in 54.22. Marijn van Zundert was 29th in his first Big Ten meet, with a career best of 55.84. Blaine Nicholsalso posted a career best (57.40), placing 38th.
It was a 3-4 finish for Indiana in the 100 backstroke, with Ress third in a time of 46.14. Wells, coming off the 100 fly earlier in the evening, finished fourth in 46.21. Bob Glover won the consolation final with his career best time of 48.22. Curtis Goss was 30th with a career time of 49.48, while Yianni Thermoswent 49.65, also a career best.
After a solid prelim session where he finished way ahead of the field with a score of 453.45, Schmidt missed on his first two dives of finals and found himself in eighth place. However, the execution of his high degree of difficulty dives, including 92.75 points on his reverse 3 1/2 somersault tuck, and 95 points on his forward 4 1/2 somersault tuck vaulted him to the title with a score of 451.90.
That gives Schmidt four career Big Ten titles, with the 1-meter crowns in 2013 and 2014, and the 3-meter titles in 2012 and 2014.
Not to be outdone, freshman Joshua Arndt followed up his seventh-place finish on the 1-meter by earning a bronze on the 3-meter with a career-best score of 423.15, just over a point out of second place. Emad Abdelatif was fifth (399.55) and Conor Murphyseventh (381.95). Abdelatif's score of 401.10 in prelims was a career best.
Danton Rogers took 10th overall after posting a career best score of 371.65 in the consolation final. Andrew Hull was 15th overall, scoring 338.45 points in the consolation final. Bryce Ogden missed out on the consolation final by less than four points, placing 17th with a score of 314.75. George Andrewsfinished 32nd (239.60).