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Swimmers senior Allysa Vavra and sophomore Brenna MacLean are returning from the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mex. as medalists in the second-largest international multi-sport games, behind only the Summer Olympics.
The team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for Friday’s meet against Michigan and Texas, which will begin at 11 a.m.
Attempting to join the ranks of Mark Spitz, Jim Montgomery, Gary Hall
and other IU swimming Olympians including his father, junior Eric Ress
has a steep hill to climb.
The Hoosiers started their 2011-2012 season with a bang as the men swept
Tennessee 151-149 and Kentucky 212-88, and the women defeated Kentucky
205-78 but fell to Tennessee 163-120.
With the Hoosiers returning a Pan-American Games bronze medalist on one
team and an individual Big Ten champion and record-setting swimmer on
the other, both the IU women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have
much to look forward to this coming season.
Former IU diver Kristen Kane will be among Friday’s inductees into the IU Athletics
Hall of Fame.
Kane, who was relatively ignored coming out of high school but became a USA
Diving champion, has had an illustrious career that included a U.S. Outdoor Diving
Championship in the one-meter competition in 1992 , three Big Ten championships
(three-meter in 1992 and 1994 , 10-meter in 1992) , two Big Ten Diver of
the Year awards (1992 and 1994 ), four years of All-American status ,
two IU Female Athlete of the Year Awards (1992 and 1994) and a selection
to be a member of the U.S. delegation for the Pan-American games
The dual-meet record holder, former Big Ten diver of the year and
three-time high school state champion recently added a fourth-place
finish in the world championships.
Current and former IU swimmers continued to compete at the
ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at the Stanford
University Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif., with many posting
times fast enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials.
Current and former IU swimmers competed in Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 2 on
the opening day of competition at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Swimming
When sophomore Eric Ress won six of his first eight races of the 2010-2011 season and Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, he erased any doubt that he wasn’t ready to claim a spot as one of the premier swimmers in the conference.
En route to helping the Hoosiers finish 18th at the NCAA Championship meet in Minneapolis on Saturday, sophomore Eric Ress made All-America finishes look easy — even with a broken hand.
Starting today, 11 Hoosier athletes return to Minneapolis to participate in the NCAA Championships.
While 11 swimmers and divers will head to the men’s NCAA Championships
in Minneapolis, the remainder of the team, along with non-NCAA
qualifying women swimmers and divers, will take part in the USA Swimming
All season, the IU women’s swimming and diving team has been ranked in
the top 15. In a fitting way to end the season, it finished 15th in the
nation at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday in
This weekend, the divers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to continue their season at the Zone Diving Meet.
From 2006-08, Marie Marsman was simply a graduate student at IU earning her master’s in kinesiology and helping out with the Hoosier swim team, hoping to one day find employment as a swim coach.
In a Big Ten Championship meet where the IU men’s swimming and diving
team finished second — avoiding third place by just 11 points — it was
the extra effort that got the team to the podium.
The road trip up to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Big Ten Championships
didn’t seem to adversely affect the IU men swimmers, as they started the
meet off in record-breaking fashion Wednesday.
The Men’s Big Ten Championships, in Minneapolis, Minn., start today and continue until Saturday night.
The IU women’s swimming and diving team left the rest of the Big Ten in
its wake this week, claiming its third straight title and winning by a
243-point margin (821-578) against runner-up Minnesota.