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IU swimmers qualify for U.S. Olympic team for the first time since 1976

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King and Miller (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

OMAHA, Neb. – For the first time since 1976, Indiana University swimmers will compete for Team USA at the Olympics.

IU alum Cody Miller qualified in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska Monday.

In the final of the men’s 100 breaststroke, Miller was in fourth-place at the halfway mark, but turned it on in the last 50 meters, posting the fastest split (31.34) of any of swimmers to touch the wall second in a time of 59.26, according to IU Athletics.

Indiana head swimming coach Ray Looze says his program has coached very few people that have the passion and determination that Miller has.

“… His meaning to our program is immeasurable and we’re so happy for his family and the Hoosier nation on such an outstanding accomplishment. This could not have happened to a finer man,” said Looze.

On Tuesday, IU’s Lilly King also solidified her spot on Team USA, when she swam the fastest time in the world in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.20.

With Miller and King headed to Rio, Indiana now has had 79 different swimmers or divers qualify for the Olympics. Those 79 athletes have appeared in a total of 108 Olympic Games.

Miller and King are the only IU swimmers to qualify for the Olympics on Team USA so far this year, but some other Hoosiers have qualified for other countries and events.

Kennedy Goss (Canada), Ali Khalafalla (Egypt), Anze Tavcar (Slovenia) and incoming-transfer Marwan Elkamash (Egypt) and divers Michael Hixon (USA), Jessica Parratto (USA) and Amy Cozad (USA) will join Miller in Rio this summer.