The No. 6 Indiana men’s swim and dive team will close the program’s 2022-23 campaign this week in the men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The meet runs from Wednesday through Saturday.
Indiana’s swimmers are led by senior Brendan Burns. Burns won the 200-yard butterfly at last year’s national meet and placed second in the 200-yard backstroke. He will compete in those events again this year in addition to swimming in the 100 fly, another event where he took home a top-10 finish a year ago.
Sophomores Luke Barr, Finn Brooks and Rafa Miroslaw as well graduate student Van Mathias also individually qualified for a hat trick of events, meaning they are in a good position to pick up points for Indiana.
Every Hoosier swimmer who qualified individually did so in at least two events. Additionally, Indiana will send all five relays to the men’s national meet. They did the same in the women’s meet, which wrapped up on March 18 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
All four Indiana men who competed at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships qualified in each of the three diving events. Graduate student Andrew Capobianco, sophomores Carson Tyler and Quinn Henninger and freshman Maxwell Weinrich matched each other step-for-step. They will all take part in the 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and platform diving events.
Capobianco’s resume is rivaled by few. He is a 2020 Olympic silver medalist, three-time Big Ten Diver of the Year, a four-time NCAA medalist and a two-time NCAA 3-meter champion. He did not see action this season until Indiana’s senior day meet versus Michigan on Jan. 14, but he seems to be getting hot at the right time.
Capobianco was the top-scoring Hoosier in the platform event at Zones and is poised to lead Indiana in what will be his final NCAA meet. Waiting in the wings are Tyler, Henninger and Weinrich, all of whom closely followed Capobianco at Zones.
They finished in the three spots directly following the graduate student with scores that closely matched Capobianco’s performance. The Hoosier quartet looks to be close in the field of 35 divers from around the country vying for NCAA titles.
The meet will kick off at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday with the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see prelims begin at 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. Action wraps up following the 400-yard freestyle relay final on Saturday. All finals are available for viewing on ESPN+ beginning at 7 p.m. each night.