IU Qualifies Seven Individuals, One Relay for Finals at NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The No. 3-ranked Indiana University men’s swimming and diving team qualified seven individuals and one relay for Saturday night finals at the 2018 NCAA Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
IU will have four individuals and one relay in Championship Finals on the final night of the NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers sit atop the team standings with a total of 325 points. Texas is second with 306 points, while California is third with 291.5.
IU’s Mohamed Samy qualified 13th overall and will swim in the Consolation Final of the 200 backstroke after touching the wall with a time of 1:40.01.
Senior Blake Pieroni continued his record-breaking week at the NCAA Championships, crushing his own Big Ten and school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 41.16. Pieroni will be the No. 2 seed for the Championship Final.
Freshman Bruno Blaskovic posted a personal-best time of 41.99 to qualify for the Consolation Final of the 100 freestyle. Blaskovic’s time is the seventh-best in school history.
Ian Finnerty will be the No. 1 seed for tonight’s Championship Final of the 200 breaststroke after recording a 1:51.08 in prelims. Finnerty’s time is the third-fastest in program history.
Senior Levi Brock will swim in the Consolation Final of the event after posting a time of 1:53.17. Brock’s mark is the ninth-fastest in school history.
Vini Lanza will be the No. 4 seed for Saturday night’s Championship Final of the 200 butterfly after touching the wall with a time of 1:40.39. Lanza’s time is the second-fastest in IU history.
400 Freestyle Relay
The IU 400 freestyle relay team of Mohamed Samy, Blake Pieroni, Bruno Blaskovic and Ali Khalafalla set the Big Ten and school record in prelims, qualifying as the No. 2 seed for the Championship Final with a time of 2:47.11.
In the prelims of the platform dive, Andrew Capobianco qualified fifth overall for the Championship Final with a score of 422.60.
Capobianco, the only freshman in the country to qualify for all three events, scored in each for the Hoosiers, including Championship Final appearances in the 3-meter and platform.
The No. 3-ranked Indiana University Hoosiers will conclude competition at the 2018 NCAA Championships on Saturday evening with the finals of the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstrokes, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststrokes, 200 butterflies, 400 freestyle relay, and platform dive. Action gets underway at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Mohamed Samy – 1:40.01 (Consolation Final)
- Gabriel Fantoni – 1:41.13
Blake Pieroni – 41.16 (Championship Final; Big Ten Record, School Record)
Bruno Blaskovic – 41.99 (Consolation Final; Personal-Best)
Ian Finnerty – 1:51.08 (Championship Final)
Levi Brock – 1:53.17 (Consolation Final)
Vini Lanza – 1:40.39 (Championship Final)
400 Freestyle Relay
Mohamed Samy, Blake Pieroni, Bruno Blaskovic, Ali Khalafalla – 2:47.11 (Championship Final; Big Ten Record, School Record)
Andrew Capobianco – 422.60 (Championship Final)