IU swimming going for records in relays for which records did not previously exist

Just got this release from Indiana swimming, and it’s pretty interesting.

According to the release, the FINA, which is the international body that governs aquatic sports, has announced that it will begin recognizing records in eight new relay events starting today. So in order to set those records, Indiana has scheduled the IU Relay Rally — which again, just became a thing — for today at 3:45 p.m. at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Basically, the goal is to set world records in all eight events before anyone else gets a chance to. The release follows.

Hoosiers Set to Break Relay World Records

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As a result of rule changes enacted at its General Congress conducted in Barcelona in July 2013, Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), the international federation governing aquatics, will begin recognizing eight additional relay world records beginning September 26, 2013. In an attempt to set those records, the Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming teams will hold the IU Relay Rally at 3:45 p.m. ET today at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington on the IU campus.

The Hoosiers will swim to set world records in the mixed gender versions of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay, as well as single-gender versions of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay at the short-course meters distance. For long course meters they will swim mixed gender 400 free and 400 medley relays.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to set world records,” said head coach Ray Looze. “This competition symbolizes IU’s unwavering commitment to international swimming and our coaching staff’s resolve to always place IU swimmers in positions to enhance their world-class swimming experiences.”

In accordance with FINA rules, Indiana Swimming Inc., the local governing unit of USA Swimming, itself a part of United States Aquatic Sports (USAS) has sanctioned the event.  USAS is recognized as the member federation of FINA for the United States of America. Lucy Duncan will serve as coordinator of officials for the meet.

The land surveying and civil engineering firm of Bledsoe Riggert & Guerrettaz, Inc. will measure the pool both before and after the races. Jen Hamilton (MS, LAT, ATC) will coordinate doping control under the direction of the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which will be on site to conduct the tests.

All suits worn by the swimmers are 2013 FINA approved swimwear.
Swimming for Indiana in the event will be senior Lindsay Vrooman, senior Kait Flederbach, junior Steve Schmuhl, freshman Jackson Miller, junior Matt Gerth, freshman Max Irwin, senior Stephanie Armstrong, freshman Olivia Barker, sophomore John Winck, freshman Logan Jastremski, freshman Audrey Scott, freshman Claudia DiCapua, senior James Wells, senior Cody Miller, freshman Gia Dalesandro, junior Allie Day, sophomore Tanner Kurz, sophomore Shelby Carroll, freshman Blaine Nichols, freshman Bailey Pressey, sophomore Haley Lips, junior Mike Hurley, sophomore Kyle Johnson, freshman Luke Lete, freshman Sam Lorentz, freshman Stephanie Marchuk, freshman Heather Hayes, freshman Grace Padgett, senior Guinevere Vanden Noort, sophomore Grayson Smith, and senior Michael Mohler.