BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three Indiana swimming and diving student athletes were named winners of Big Ten weekly awards after strong performances at the Ohio State Fall Invitational, the conference office announced Wednesday (Nov. 24).
Indiana swept the men’s and women’s swimmer of the week awards, as junior Brendan Burns and senior Mackenzie Looze, respectively, won the honors. Brearna Crawford picked up her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.In all, five Indiana swimming and diving student-athletes have totaled nine such awards this season over three separate weeks of eligibility.
Burns earned his third conference award of the season and fourth of his career after contributing four wins, two second place and two fourth place finishes to the Hoosier men’s dominant win at the Ohio State Fall Invitational. His performance in the 200 Backstroke was the highlight as he touched the wall in an NCAA B cut time of 1:40.27, the top time in the NCAA this season.
In relays, Burns helped set meet records and in the 400 Medley Relay (3:04.05) and 800 Freestyle Relay (6:17.27). Both times rank top 10 in program history. In finals, Burns collected five NCAA B cuts and an NCAA A cut in the 400 Medley.
Looze tallied her first-ever Big Ten weekly award via a win and three runner-up placements as part of eight total top 10 finishes in Columbus. The junior also tallied six NCAA B cuts in eight finals. Looze’s win came in the 200 IM as she recorded the No. 9 time in the NCAA and No. 1 time in the Big Ten with a 1:56.14. Including the 200 IM, Looze finished top 15 in the NCAA in five races total; the 800 and 400 freestyle relays, 200 Breaststroke and 400 IM.
Crawford finished top 10 in all seven events she raced with NCAA B cut times in four of those. Her performance included a win in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:08.40, the No. 11 time in the country and No. 2 in the conference. Crawford also finished second in the 100 Breaststroke with a 59.32, good for the 13th fastest time in the NCAA.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will finish the fall portion of their schedule when they host Cincinnati for a dual meet Friday, December 3, inside Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.