Historic Night – Miller, Pieroni Earn Medals at Rio Summer Olympics


RIO DE JANEIRO – Indiana University alum Cody Miller won the bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke to highlight a historic day for the Indiana University swimming and diving program at the Rio Summer Olympics on Sunday.


Along with Miller’s bronze in the 100 breast, Indiana junior Blake Pieroni won a gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay for Team USA. IU sophomore Lilly King qualified first overall for Monday night’s final in the 100 breast, while Marwan Elkamash and Anze Tavcar had strong showings for the Hoosiers in the 200 freestyle.


With the two medals on Sunday night, the IU swimming and diving program has now won 63 medals in Olympic history, including 36 gold and 18 bronze. In total, Indiana University has won 93 total medals across all events.


Miller, a 2015 IU graduate whose training is based with the Indiana coaching staff, had a fantastic swim in the Olympic final of the 100 breast, touching the wall in an American record time of 58.87. Miller swam faster each stage of the 100 breast in Rio, swimming a 59.17 in prelims and a 59.05 in the semifinals yesterday.


Miller is the first Hoosier swimmer to medal as an individual in the Olympics since Sergio Lopez in 1988 and the first Hoosier man to medal for Team USA in a swimming event since Gary Hall and Jim Montgomery in 1976.


In the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, Pieroni earned a gold medal after swimming in the prelims for Team USA on Sunday afternoon. In the final, the American relay team touched first with a time of 3:09.92.


In the morning prelims, Pieroni helped the USA earn the No. 2 seed for Olympic final, swimming the third leg of the relay in a time of 48.39.


In the women’s 100 breaststroke, King was tremendous, earning the No. 1 seed for Monday night’s final. In the semifinal, the IU sophomore touched the wall in a time of 1:05.70, 0.08 seconds faster than her time in the prelims earlier in the day.


King, who won the Big Ten Championship, NCAA Championship and Olympic Trials in the 100 breast, will look to win gold on Monday at 9:54 PM ET. King will also swim in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 medley relay for Team USA later in the Olympics.


Earlier in prelims, the Hoosiers had two swimmers in the men’s 200 freestyle. Elkamash had a great showing at the Rio Summer Olympics, placing 24th overall with a IU school and Egyptian record time of 1:47.52. On Saturday, Elkamash finished 16th overall in the 400 freestyle, setting the school and Egyptian records with his time of 3:47.43.


Also in the 200 free, IU’s Anze Tavcar placed 39th overall, touching the wall in a time of 1:49.96. Swimming for Team Slovenia, Tavcar will also swim in the 100 freestyle on Tuesday.