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Swimmers participate in double dual meet this weekend

Last week, both the men and women’s swim teams soundly defeated Northwestern and Kentucky, having enough of a cushion to try some new things and put a few new swimmers in the pool.

“We had some new anchors and some new people on relays, and it went pretty well,” junior Margaux Farrell said. “So I’m thinking this weekend, we have a good shot to do something.”

Friday and Saturday, the women’s team takes on two talented teams in Michigan and Texas. Texas, who defeated IU last year, is coming off an enormous victory against California, a perennial power that won the NCAA Championship in 2009.

“Cal is a national title contending team, so that means Texas is that good,” IU coach Ray Looze said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. Cal doesn’t lose to many people.”

Michigan is also one of the usual contenders for the Big Ten title, which the Hoosiers are steadfastly focused upon. These early season clashes of powerful teams help to prepare the teams for races later in the season that carry the most importance.

“What really matters is what we do at the end of the season because that’s the only ranking that anyone ever remembers,” Looze said.

Although there are a few teams that prepare specially for competitive meets against strong teams, the IU women don’t change their routine. They are practicing not just for Texas and Michigan, but for future meets as well.

“We have bigger goals than just one dual meet in the scheme of things,” Farrell said. “We want to do well, but we want to do better at Big Ten’s and NCAA’s.

The races take place at three times this weekend, with sessions at noon Friday, 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

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