Indiana Daily Student

Team looks for league win

The men's swim team hasn't enjoyed its dual meet season much. \nTwo wins in seven tries attest to that, as will a winless Big Ten campaign. \nBut all could be mended 4 p.m. Saturday when the Hoosiers trek north for a battle in rival Purdue's 61-year-old Lambert Pool. The women's squad knocked off the Boilermakers Jan. 20 in the final women's meet in Lambert Pool.\nCompleting the sweep is up to the men. \n"Purdue's a really good team," coach Kris Kirchner said. "They're balanced. They have everything that we have. We're pretty much equal on paper. The excitement and the rivalry between Purdue and IU is awesome."\nKirchner has the Boilermakers' number, winning seven of the 10 match-ups with Purdue during his 10-year coaching tenure. \nIU (2-5, 0-4 Big Ten) lost its second consecutive Big Ten match Saturday to Michigan, 132-110. Ohio State knocked off the Hoosiers a week before the defeat to the Wolverines, but there were some bright spots in the loss. \nFreshman Claes Andersson, swimming in his first collegiate meet, won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and swam a leg in the 400 freestyle relay, which the Hoosiers also won. Andersson signed with IU last year, but did not begin training with the team until moving from his home in Boras, Sweden this winter. \nAndersson will meet up with Purdue's Javier Diaz in the short freestyle events Saturday. Diaz, a junior, represented his native Mexico in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Andersson's time of 20.76 seconds in the 50 free is just .03 seconds off the Boilermakers' best effort this season, coming from junior Dave Weis. \nDiaz and junior Jon Duncan sport Purdue's best times in the 100 free, but both are slower than Andersson's time of 45.58. Duncan's top time is 45.61, and Diaz's is 46.04\nSenior diver Tom Davidson will attempt to follow up his best week of the season, in which he won Big Ten Diver of the Week honors. Davidson finished first in the one-meter dive and second in the three-meter dive. \nPurdue (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) split a pair of meets Saturday, beating Wisconsin and falling to Minnesota. The Boilermakers enter the match ranked 19th in the country. \nThe meet is both school's final meet before the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 22 in Minneapolis. \n"We're on a time table to get ready for the last few opportunities before (the) Big Ten (Championships)," Kirchner said. "Last week (against Michigan), we had a good meet. We swam well, and going into this weekend, their (the Hoosiers') expectations are to swim better and compete and win the meet"

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