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IU swimmers compete in national and local meets



The IU swimming and diving program had a strong start to its weekend of competition as it continues the journey to Rio de Janeiro.

Five of IU’s top swimmers are competing in the AT&T Nationals in Washington state, while the remaining swimmers and divers are hosting the Hoosierland Invitational.

After the first day of preliminaries at Nationals, sophomore Kennedy Goss qualified for the A final in the 400 long-course meter freestyle with a time of 4:13.59.

Freshman Miranda Tucker had a B final cut time of 2:15.94 in the 200 individual medley, which gave her the third-best time for IU history and an Olympic Trial cut time.

Sophomore Blake Pieroni swam 2:04.10 in the 200 individual medley for a new Olympic Trial cut time. The time qualified him for the C final.

Competition continues with preliminaries beginning at 12 p.m. and finals at 9 p.m Friday.

In Bloomington, the Hoosierland Invitational also began with a series of preliminaries for long-course meter with the 400 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle.

Junior Stephanie Marchuk placed first in her heat of the 400 long-course meter freestyle with a time of 4:17.95 and an Olympic Trial-qualifying cut time.

Senior Haley Lips also won her heat in the 400 long-course meter freestyle with a time of 4:20.10 followed by teammate Delaney Barnard in second at 4:21.97.

On the men’s side, there was a great deal of competition between the Hoosiers in the different heats.

Adam Destrampe touched first in his heat of the 400 long-course meter freestyle. Then Max Irwin tied Destrampe’s time to give them the fourth-fastest time in IU history, both with 3:59.33, until the next heat took place.

The 400 long-course meter continued with Jackson Miller’s beating the time of Destrampe and Irwin, swimming 3:53.59 to give IU another new time of fourth-best in school history.

Miller’s time also gave him an Olympic Trial cut time.

For the 200 long-course meter individual medley, Shelly Drozda won her heat with a time of 2:19.66.

Bailey Pressey placed first at 2:17.09. Pressey’s time qualified her for an Olympic Trial cut and was the fifth-fastest in program history.

For the men, Bob Glover and Tanner Kurz took first in their heats for the 200 long-course meter IM. Glover finished with 2:07.42 and Kurz with 2:06.04.

In the final set of preliminaries for Thursday, Kaitlin Kitchens and Grace Vertigans won their respective heats in the 50 long-course meter freestyle. Vertigans’ time of 26.17 was another Olympic Trial cut time for the Hoosiers.

Both a school record and Olympic Trial cut time came from Ali Khalafalla in the 50 long-course meter freestyle with 22.67.

Competition, starting with Hoosierland preliminaries, continues Friday morning and the teams will compete through Saturday.

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