Ballooning its lead over Minnesota in the third night of the Big Ten Championships to 66 points and upping its total to 529, the IU women’s swimming and diving team is one night away from potentially winning its first conference championship since 2007.
The Hoosiers started the night Friday by taking first in the 400-medley relay, led by junior Kate Zubkova, who also won the conference title in the 100-back. IU was in the mix in each event, consistently placing in the top four.
Minnesota, who was able to briefly take a one point lead after the 200-free, fell back into second following Sarah Stockwell and Abby Coopers’ third and fourth finishes in the 100 breast. The diving team later added 58 points to give IU some cushion heading into Saturday’s final events.
“We were pretty much even with Minnesota in swimming today,” IU coach Ray Looze said. “They don’t have any divers and we do. Our diving team is our hammer. When we’ve been at our best, that’s what we’ve done.”
This year’s Big Ten Championships conclude Saturday with preliminaries and finals in the 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, platform diving, 1650-free and 400-free relay.
– By Kevin Loughery
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