Indiana Swimming And Diving Opens Season With Tri-Meet at Kentucky

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The Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to begin the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, Ky.

The tri-meet, hosted by Kentucky, will feature the Hoosiers, the Wildcats, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A total of 32 events will be contested in the meet with 14 swimming events and two diving events for both the men and the women.

The order of events for swimming will be 200 medley relay, 1,000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstrokes, 100 breaststrokes, 200 butterflies, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 backstrokes, 200 breaststrokes, 500 freestyle 100 butterflies, 200 IM, and 400 freestyle relay.

Diving will run during the meet and during the swimming breaks with both the 1M and 3M events.

EIGHT HOOSIERS NAMED TO 2019-20 U.S. NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

Eight current and postgraduate Indiana University swimmers were named to the 2019-20 USA Swimming National Team roster, which is made up of the nation’s top six swimmers in each individual Olympic event. Current Hoosier swimmer Michael Brinegar was named to the squad, while postgrads Lilly King, Annie Lazor, Zach Apple, Ian Finnerty, Zane Grothe, Cody Miller, and Blake Pieroni made the cut.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS DOMINANCE

For the first time in school history, both Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams captured the Big Ten Championship in the same season at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

The Hoosier men won the team’s 27th Big Ten title and third-straight conference crown, a feat not accomplished by the IU men since 1983-85. The Indiana women’s squad won the team’s sixth Big Ten championship, the first for the team since 2011.

At the conference championships, the two Indiana teams combined to win 20 Big Ten titles and 38 medals overall – both established league-best totals. The Hoosiers combined to win six of the 10 relays at the Big Ten Championships and three of the six diving events.

 IU MEN TAKE THIRD AT NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Indiana University men’s swimming and diving team closed a historic week at the 2019 NCAA Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas with a third-place finish. IU tallied 385.5 points, while national champion California secured 560 points and Texas notched 475 points.

With the third-place effort, Indiana posted back-to-back top-3 finishes at the NCAA Championships for the first time in 44 years. IU finished in the top-3 of the NCAA’s in 12-straight years from 1964-75, winning the team title six times during that stretch.

INDIANA DOMINATES POSTSEASON LAURELS

IU head swimming coach Ray Looze was named Big Ten Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, while Drew Johansen was named Big Ten Men’s Diving Coach of the Year. Vini Lanza was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Andrew Capobianco was named Big Ten Diver of the Year.

 FOUR HOOSIERS NOMINATED FOR GOLDEN GOGGLE AWARDS

Looze, along with IU postgraduate swimmers Lilly King, Zach Apple, and Blake Pieroni were all nominated for the 2019 Golden Goggle Awards. The nation’s top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the celebration and fundraising gala honoring the sport’s top performances of the year.

 

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