Hoosiers face test against Texas, Michigan

Last Time:
In their first meet of the season, the men’s swimming and diving team (2-0) swept Tennessee and Kentucky, edging UT 151-149 and handling UK 212-88. The Hoosiers relied on six different swimmers accounting for seven event wins, as sophomore Cody Miller prevailed in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races.

The Set-up:

On Saturday, the Hoosiers will compete in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the men’s team will face Michigan (3-0) and Texas (0-0) in a double-dual meet beginning at noon.

The Context:
Looking for their first wins against either team in the double-dual meet format, the Hoosiers have a tough task ahead of them in facing Michigan and Texas, each its conference’s defending champion and each a stronghold in last season’s Top 10.

While the team lost to Texas last season 181-119 in the meet, the Hoosiers tied the Wolverines at 150. IU later toppled Michigan, 163-137, in January before placing second behind them in the Big Ten Championships. Miller said revenge is going to be a driving factor for IU’s performance in Saturday’s meet.

In addition, if the Hoosiers can gather wins against both teams, it will be the first time since the 2002-03 season that the team has started the season 4-0.

Notable Number:
Four — the number of years of the last five that the Hoosiers have faced Michigan and Texas in a double-dual meet, and also the amount of times IU has faced Michigan since the start of last season.

Quote of Note:
“Last year we had good meets against both teams. We tied Michigan once, and we beat them once. We just fell short at Big Ten last year, and we are not going to let that happen again. We are definitely a better team this year, and we’re all really excited to race these guys again,” Miller said.

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