Hoosier Swimmers and Divers Tackle Purdue, Tennessee, Georgia
Jan. 19, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coming off victories over Big Ten foe Michigan, the Indiana men's and women's swimming and diving teams are back in action this weekend, competing at Purdue (women) and at Tennessee (men).
The Indiana men will face one of their toughest battles of the dual meet season when they take on No. 10 Tennessee and No. 11 Georgia in Knoxville on Saturday. Indiana last faced Tennessee in January 2009 in Bloomington, a 159-133 victory. This is the first time the Bulldogs and Hoosiers have met in a dual meet. Georgia finished eighth at the 2010 NCAA Championships, while Tennessee was 17th.
Indiana is coming off one of its biggest Big Ten victories in the Ray Looze era, topping perennial national power Michigan by a 163-137 score on Jan. 8. It was the first Indiana win over Michigan since the 1998-99 season, and the first Big Ten dual meet loss for the Wolverines since the 2007 season.
The Hoosiers picked up individual victories in the 1,650 free (Illya Larin), 200 free (Titus Knight), 100 backstroke (Eric Ress), 50 freestyle (Bryan Chovanec), platform diving (Mick Dell'Orco), 100 free (Knight), 200 backstroke (Doug Spraul), 500 free (Ryan Hinshaw), 1-meter diving (David Piercy), as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Larin, Knight, Chovanec and Hinshaw all posted NCAA provisional times in their victories.
With the win over Michigan, Indiana moved up two spots to No. 12 in the latest TYR/CSCAA dual meet poll. Ohio State is the top-ranked Big Ten team at No. 8, followed by Indiana, No. 13 Michigan, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 21 Purdue and No. 23 Iowa.
The women are set for their annual showdown against in-state rival Purdue. Last year the Hoosiers posted a 166.5-133.5 win over the Boilermakers in Bloomington. Indiana is coming off a dominating victory over Michigan on Jan. 8, avenging a loss to the Wolverines earlier in the season. Indiana took home wins in the 200 medley relay, 1,650 freestyle (Nikki White), 200 freestyle (Margaux Farrell), 100 backstroke (Taylor Wohrley), 100 breaststroke (Bronwyn Pasloski), 200 butterfly (Brittany Barwegen), platform diving (Laura Ryan), 100 freestyle (Farrell), 200 backstroke (Wohrley), 200 breaststroke (Allysa Vavra), 500 freestyle (Lindsay Vrooman), 1-meter diving (Brittney Feldman), 200 individual medley (Vavra), and the 400 freestyle relay.
The Hoosiers' victory over Michigan kept them at No. 14 in the latest TYR/CSCAA dual meet poll. Minnesota leads the Big Ten at No. 13, followed by Indiana, No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 18 Ohio State, and No. 20 Purdue.
This is the second-to-last competition for the women before the 2011 Big Ten Championships, Feb. 16-19 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington. The Hoosiers will close the dual meet season on Jan. 28 at Louisville.
While the men's swimmers will be competing in Knoxville Saturday, the men's diving team will split with some heading to Purdue Friday and others travelling to Tennessee. The scheduled Feb. 5 dual meet between Indiana and Purdue conflicts with the USA Diving Nationals, so the diving portion of the dual for the men and women will be contested Friday, with the scores added to the men's swimming tally in February.
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