Four Hoosiers Earn Weekly Big Ten Honors


The No. 1/9 Indiana University swimming and diving teams had four members honored by the Big Ten for their efforts last week at the Purdue Invitational.

Lilly King and Blake Pieroni were named Big Ten Swimmers of the Week, while Grace Haskett and Bruno Blaskovic were named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week.

Pieroni earns weekly honors for the second-straight week and for the fourth time this year, while King has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the third time this year. The rookie of the week honor is the second for Haskett and the first for Blaskovic.

King and Haskett helped the No. 9-ranked Hoosiers win the eight-team Purdue Invitational last weekend. King won three individual events – the 200 IM (1:55.96), the 100 breaststroke (59.12) and the 200 breaststroke (2:10.99) – with NCAA B cut times.

The duo combined to help IU win the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay as well. The highlight was the 200 free relay that set a school record with a time of 1:28.95, which Haskett led off with a school record 50 freestyle leg of 22.10.

In the 200 (1:34.58) and 400 medley (3:32.04) relays, King and Haskett helped Indiana post NCAA A cuts. IU’s mark in the 200 medley relay is the best in the country this year, while the 400 medley relay time is the third-best.

Individually, Haskett won the 50 (22.19) and 100 freestyle (48.72) events with a pair of NCAA B cuts. The freshman also helped IU win the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:16.60.

For the No. 1 Hoosier men, Pieroni was dominant over the three days, winning two individual events – the 100 freestyle (42.10) and 200 freestyle (1:32.33) – with NCAA A cuts. Pieroni’s time in the 200 is the best in the nation, while his mark in the 100 is second-best.

The senior also helped IU win the 200 medley relay (1:25.09), 400 medley relay (3:05.57) and the 800 freestyle relay (6:17.75). Indiana recorded NCAA A cuts in both the 400 medley relay and 800 free relay, while the 200 medley relay earned a B cut. The Hoosiers’ time in the 400 medley relay is the best in the country, while the time in the 800 free relay is second-fastest.

Blaskovic had a great showing for the Hoosiers at the Purdue Invitational, posting NCAA B cuts in three individual events, finishing in the top-five in each one.

Blaskovic placed second in the 50 freestyle (19.76) and the 100 freestyle (43.36) and took fourth in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 47.88.

The No. 1/9 Indiana Hoosiers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool on Wednesday, Dec. 20 when the team takes on No. 11/24 Arizona State in a dual meet in Tempe, Ariz.