Eric Schlegel, USA Today

Big night for IU swimmers in Rio

Huge night for Indiana and Team USA at the Rio Olympics on Sunday night. We run down the news on IU's first medals for Team USA since 1976.

Gold for one Hoosier, American record for another, drama and possibly gold for one more.

Yes, it was a big night in Rio for Hoosier swimmers.

Indiana alum Cody Miller got things rolling with a huge swim in the men's 100 meter breaststroke final. Miller set a new American record and earned the bronze medal with a 58.87.

Adam Peaty of Great Britain broke his own world record in winning the race with a 57.13. Runner-up with a 58.69 was the gold medal winner from the 2012 London Olympics, South African Cameron van der Burgh. Miller's 58.87 for third broke teammate Kevin Corde's prior American record by .07 seconds. Cordes finished fourth with a 59.22.

By being the fastest American in the event, Miller should be on the Team USA 4 x 100 meter medley relay set for Saturday. The United States is expected to compete for the gold in that event.

In earning the bronze, Miller became the first Hoosier to medal for Team USA since Gary Hall and Jim Montgomery in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Pieroni earns a gold medal

Indiana's Blake Pieroni helped Team USA earn the gold medal in the men's 4 X 100 freestyle relay that finished off the events on Sunday night. Pieroni swam a fast 48.39 leg in the preliminaries but as the sixth fastest qualifier for the relay he did not swim in the final. But as an alternate he does earn the second medal and first gold of the Olympics for the Indiana program.

Michael Phelps earned his 19th gold medal to help the USA win the relay in a close finish over France, the 2012 winner in London.

'Cold War' showdown set

Indiana  sophomore-to-be Lilly King is the top qualifier for Monday night's women's 100 meter breaststroke final. In Sunday's semifinals, King went a 1:05.70, just .02 ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova.

There is a lot of controversy over Efimova being allowed to participate. The Russian was banned for 16 months until March 2015 for a failed drug test and was provisionally banned for another drug this March. The suspension was put on hold as the drug she reportedly tested positive for is still being investigated. Efimova was stripped of multiple world records when she received the prior 16 month ban.

After her win in the second semifinal, King was asked on NBC about witnessing Efimova waving the No. 1 sign after the first semifinal. She didn't pull any punches.

"You're shaking your finger No. 1 and you've been caught for drug cheating, I'm just not a fan," King said.

The "Cold War" showdown between the two breaststrokers is set for Monday at 9:54 p.m. ET.

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