No. 4/10 Hoosiers Split at No. 8/4 Michigan

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The No. 4/10 Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned a split in a dual meet against No. 8/4 Michigan on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The No. 4 Hoosier men (7-0) recorded the team’s 20th-straight dual meet victory, taking down No. 8 Michigan, 170.5-129.5. The win for the IU men’s team at Michigan is the first since the 1980-81 season. The No. 10 Indiana women (3-4) fell to the No. 4-ranked Wolverines women’s squad, 180-120.

Combined, the Hoosiers won 16 individual events on the day, including a sweep of the diving events. Indiana also touched the wall first in three of the four relays against the Wolverines.

IU’s Blake Pieroni led the way for the Hoosier men, winning three individual events. The senior won the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 19.60, the 100 free in 42.94 and the 200 free in a mark of 1:33.88. All three times were NCAA B cuts.

Vini Lanza had a nice showing for IU, winning the 200 butterfly (1:43.85) and the 200 IM (1:46.19) with NCAA B cut marks.

For the Hoosier women, Lilly King was dominant in the breaststroke events, sweeping the 100 and 200 with NCAA B cut times. The junior won the 100 in a time of 59.55 and the 200 in 2:10.95.

Five other Hoosier swimmers recorded individual wins on the day, all with NCAA B cut times. Mohamed Samy won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:44.42, while Ian Finnerty touched first in the 100 breaststroke in 52.83. Newcomer Gabriel Fantoni won the 100 backstroke for IU with a time of 47.63.

On the women’s side, Ali Rockett won the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.16, while Christine Jensen took first in the 100 butterfly in 53.16.

In the diving well, the Hoosiers showcased their depth, sweeping all four events with three different winners each notching NCAA Zones qualifying scores. James Connor won the men’s 1-meter dive with a season-best total of 414.65, while Michael Hixon won the 3-meter with a score of 455.50.

For the IU women, Jessica Parratto swept both diving events. The redshirt junior won the 1-meter with a score of 328.40 and the 3-meter with a total of 334.50.

For the Hoosier women in the 200 medley relay, the team of Ali Rockett, Lilly King, Christine Jensen and Grace Haskett touched first with a time of 1:37.69. The IU men’s team also earned a victory, as the quartet of Gabriel Fantoni, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza and Ali Khalafalla touched in a time of 1:26.71.

The Indiana men’s team finished the meet with an exclamation point, as the 400 freestyle relay team of Mohamed Samy, Oliver Patrouch, Ali Khalafalla and Blake Pieroni touched the wall first in a time of 2:54.83.

The No. 4/10 Indiana swimming and diving teams will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when the Hoosiers host Big Ten and in-state rival Purdue for Senior Day at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Live stats for the meet can be found at IUHoosiers.com.

 

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