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IU aims for 4th conference title



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IU senior Christina Loukas prepares to hit the water during a dive in the three-meter springboard competition during a dual meet against Purdue January 24, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Loukas won the event as the No. 13 Hoosiers won 210-159. James Brosher Buy Photos

After a four-week hiatus, the women’s swimming and diving team is back in the pool, this time at Michigan for the Big Ten Championships, attempting to win the school’s fourth conference title.

The team closed out Wednesday evening with 68 points, only four behind Big Ten frontrunner, defending champion Minnesota.

The three-day, 11-team championship will continue through Saturday night.

The Hoosiers are ranked No. 13 nationally, second best in the conference behind No. 10 Minnesota.

“If we swim like we know we are capable of swimming, which is fast and get our hands on the wall, we are very capable of winning this conference,” senior captain Sarah Stockwell said.

As far as the end result goes, IU coach Ray Looze was unwilling to make a prediction for the week.

“We are going to finish where we deserve,” he said. “That story is going to play out this week. The team with the most passion and desire will come out on top. Our girls are really going to lay their hearts on the line, and I can’t wait to watch.”

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