Indiana Sweeps Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Awards


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Following a fourth-place performance at the NCAA Championships and a second-straight Big Ten title, Indiana men’s swimming and diving swept the Big Ten’s postseason awards per the conference’s announcement on Wednesday (March 29).

All four honorees are, in a way, repeat winners. IU head swimming coach Ray Looze and seniors Brendan Burns and Andrew Capobianco all won men’s awards last year, while head diving coach Drew Johansen was the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.

At the NCAA Championships, three different Hoosiers won individual national titles, six program records were smashed, 10 medals were earned, and 10 IU athletes combined for 37 All-America honors. Indiana outperformed its No. 6 CSCAA national ranking as well as the psych sheet projections, which simulated a fifth-place performance.

Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year: Ray Looze

 Looze was named the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year for the 12th time in his career and seventh time on the men’s side. It’s his second-straight honor for the men as well as his sixth in eight years.

Looze preached relay culture all season long, and it paid off at the national meet. All five of IU’s relays had top-10 performances for the first time since the team’s third-place finish in 2019, accounted for 136 points, and all five finished higher than their seeding. Indiana’s 400 medley relay repeated as the national runner-up after beating the previous NCAA record and setting a program standard in 2:59.09.

Indiana had four of the conference’s top five scoring swimmers in Burns (46), senior Van Mathias (35), junior Tomer Frankel (30) and sophomore Josh Matheny (24). Burns, Mathias and Frankel all medaled as swimming tallied 275 points.

 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year: Drew Johansen

 Johansen returns as men’s diving coach of the year for the first time since repeating from 2018-19. Adding his 2022 award for women’s coaching, Johansen is now a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Johansen led his group to a staggering 104 points at the national meet, 32.5 more points than any other diving team. IU diving recorded two national championships and five medal finishes, including the program’s first-ever NCAA title in platform diving via sophomore Carson Tyler.

Three IU divers scored at least 30 points and earned a medal; Capobianco won gold on 3-meter and silver on 1-meter to tally 37 points, sophomore Carson Tyler was the national champion on platform and fourth on 3-meter to collect 35 points, and sophomore Quinn Henninger earned bronze medals on both 3-meter and platform for 32 points.

 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year: Brendan Burns

 Repeating as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Burns also repeated as an NCAA Champion, though this time in a new event. After winning the 200-yard butterfly a year ago, Burns took the crown in the 100 back in 2023.

Burns posted a program record and the third-fastest time ever recorded in 43.61 to become IU’s first 100 backstroke champion in 15 years and its seventh overall. On the same night, Burns was the top finisher in the 100 fly consolation final, taking ninth place overall.

Burns finished top-10 in all six events he raced in, including relays. Individually, Burns was the national runner-up in the 200 fly in addition to his 100 back, 100 fly double performance. The senior helped IU to second place in the 400 medley relay, fourth place in the 800 freestyle relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay.

 Big Ten Diver of the Year: Andrew Capobianco

 Among his many accolades, Capobianco is now a four-time Big Ten Diver of the Year, the second-ever Big Ten athlete to win four times and first since Minnesota’s P.J. Bogart from 1993-96. Capobianco has won the award each of the last three seasons.

 In his final NCAA 3-meter diving final, Andrew Capobianco gave a dominant performance to win his third national championship in the event. The senior’s lowest-scoring dive earned him 81.00 points as he tallied a program record 522.60 and outscored the field by 74.3 points. He ended the performance with an exclamation mark, earning 91.20 points on a forward 4 ½ somersault tuck.

The night before, Capobianco earned silver on the 1-meter springboard for the second-straight season. The fifth-year student-athlete closes his collegiate career a three-time national champion, six-time NCAA medalist and 12-time All-American.