BLOOMINGTON – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass congratulate Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni on earning Olympic medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The three current or former IU swimmers each earned medals while representing Team USA. King, a sophomore, won the gold medal in the women’s 100 breaststroke on Tuesday night. On Monday, Miller, a 2015 graduate, took home the bronze in the men’s 100 breaststroke while Pieroni, a junior at Indiana, won gold as part of the 4x100 freestyle relay.
“All of us at Indiana University are supremely proud of the extraordinary and truly awe-inspiring performances of our newest Olympic medal-winning athletes in Rio,” said McRobbie. “Through their talent, dedication and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of athletic excellence, Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni, guided by their outstanding coach, Ray Looze, have authored the next chapter in the university’s storied history of Olympic greatness. In shining so brightly on the biggest stage, they have also embodied the Hoosier values of hard work, dignity and respect, while representing themselves as role models for all of our students and ambassadors of IU to the world beyond.”
“We could not be prouder of Lilly King, Cody Miller, and Blake Pieroni on their incredible achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” Glass said. They join the very long and proud line of IU’s Olympic medalists, and their excellence and strength of competitive character has inspired IU fans the world over. Coached by the outstanding Ray Looze, their achievements are testament to our commitment to reaching our highest athletic potential and winning championships. We look forward to continuing to cheer on Lilly and Cody as well as our other athletes who will also be competing as the Olympics continue including divers Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad later today.”
“After three days of the Olympic Games, if you would've told me Indiana University would have two gold and one bronze medalist I really wouldn't have believed it,” IU head swim coach and USA assistant coach Ray Looze said. “What's important now is to stay locked in day by day through Saturday evening. One thing I have noticed is you cannot take your foot off the accelerator for one second at this level. This is a nice start but we still have six more very important days to go so we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other."
King won the gold medal with an Olympic record time of 1:04.93 and is just the fourth woman to ever break 1:05 in the 100 breast as her mark tied for the seventh-fastest time in history. She is the first Hoosier woman to medal in an individual Olympic swimming event in program. King is the first Indiana swimmer – man or woman – to win gold in an individual event since Jim Montgomery finished first in the 100 freestyle in 1976.
Miller had a fantastic swim in the Olympic final of the 100 breast, touching the wall in an American record time of 58.87. 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 Montgomery in 1976.
In the men's 4x100 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.
Including the three medals earned this week, the IU swimming and diving program has now won 64 medals in its Olympic history, including 37 gold and 18 bronze. In total, Indiana University has won 94 total medals across all events, including 52 gold medals.