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Squad to compete in Sectionals



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A swimmer does the breast stroke during the women's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 16 at the Student Recreational Sports Center. Bruce Carver and Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures Buy Photos

While 11 swimmers and divers will head to the men’s NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, the remainder of the team, along with non-NCAA qualifying women swimmers and divers, will take part in the USA Swimming Sectionals in
Indianapolis.

While there might not be quite the same feel or glory to a sectional meet as there is to an NCAA meet, IU coach Ray Looze said this meet is vital to the athletes’ futures.

“That’s a really important meet,” Looze said. “A lot of the NCAA qualifiers we had this year went to sectionals last year.”

Because this meet comes at the end of the season, it gives the swimmers a benchmark for next season. After the season-long buildup to the Big Ten meet, sophomore Daniel Kanorr said swimmers sometimes struggle to swim well
so soon.

“It can be pretty tough coming off a big meet such as Big Ten’s and having to get back into the grind and taper and then expect to swim fast again about a month later,” Looze said. “It’s pretty tough, but it’s just something you’ve got to overcome if you want to go to NCAA’s and be successful.”

There has been a bit of a difference in training between athletes headed to the NCAA meet and those headed to Sectionals. The NCAA-qualifying women were about a week ahead in training because they swam last weekend, finishing 15th in the NCAA.

Training has been highly individualized the whole season, so there is nothing too abnormal with different athletes having different workouts.

The sectional meet is set to take place Tuesday through Saturday in Indianapolis while the men’s NCAA meet will be Thursday through Saturday in Minneapolis.

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