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No. 7 Men's Swimming beat Purdue



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Freshman John Winck competes in the men's 100 yards butterfly race against Evansville Friday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Winck finished fourth with a time of 52.06 seconds. Ethan Bennett Buy Photos

With wins in 13 of 16 events, the No. 7 IU men’s swimming and diving team bested Purdue 179.5-118.5 Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette.

On the platform dive, seniors Casey Johnson and Mick Dell’Orco went 2-3. Johnson finished second with a score of 376.88, while Dell’Orco took third with 369.68 points. Junior Darian Schmidt placed first in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 402.08, and Dell’Orco finished second with 364.13 points.

In the 200-yard medley relay, an IU team comprising junior James Wells, freshman Tanner Kurz, junior Cody Miller and senior Daniel Kanorr touched the wall at 1:28.98 and picked up a win.

Contributing to the IU score, senior Ryan Hinshaw grasped a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:21.39.

In the 200-yard freestyle, the Hoosiers had a 1-2-3 sweep as redshirt senior Jim Barbiere placed first in 1:38.79, sophomore Matt Gerth second (1:39.28) and sophomore Mike Hurley third (1:39.62).

Three IU swimmers finished the meet with NCAA B Cuts.

One of those was junior Eric Ress, who won the 100-yard backstroke and posted a time of 48.39. Not only did Ress gain a victory in the 100-yard backstroke, but he also placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.07. Adding to Ress’ victory in the 200-yard backstroke sophomore Stephen Schmuhl came in second (1:47.71) and Wells placed third (1:50.09).

Kanorr joined Ress when he tied with Purdue’s Danny Tucker in the 50-yard freestyle and both swimmers earned an NCAA B Cut of 20.05 seconds. Kanorr also placed highest for the Hoosiers in the 100-yard freestyle with his third place finish in 45.63 seconds.

Miller had a strong meet as he picked up wins in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA B Cut of 55.27 seconds and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.30). In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kurz finished second with a time of 56.21.

Led by freshman Brent Aarons’ winning time of 4:30.42, the Hoosiers boasted three of the top four finishers in the 500-yard freestyle event as Barbiere placed second (4:31.81) and senior Nicholas Schwab fourth (4:32.63).

In the 200-yard butterfly, Schmuhl prevailed and added a victory for the Hoosiers as he touched the wall at 1:49.98. Following close behind in second was senior Sam Trahin (1:50.62).

Trahin earned a win in the 200-yard individual medley after clocking a time of 1:51.25.
“The guys definitely sense Big Tens and NCAAs are around the corner so we’re all getting anxious to swim fast,” Ress said.

The next competition for the Hoosier men will be the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington from Feb. 27 to March 2.

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