IU swimmer, diver earn Big Ten honors


Then-sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass smiles after finishing in second place during the 200-meter backstroke on Oct. 26, 2013 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Snodgrass took the bronze in the 400 meter medley relay at the Pan Pacific Championships on Sunday. File photo and File photo Buy Photos

After claiming five Big Ten weekly awards two weeks ago, IU swimming and diving picked up two more this week.

Junior Brooklynn Snodgrass is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and sophomore Michael Hixon is the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Hixon swept the diving events at IU’s quad meet this past weekend against Michigan, Texas and Louisville. He won the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.

Hixon, who transferred from Texas to IU in July, was competing against his former Longhorn teammates for the first time. He scored a 393.50 on the 1-meter Friday and 394.45 in Saturday’s 3-meter.

In the Hoosiers’ season opener, Hixon was second in both those events, losing only to teammate James Connor. Connor’s performance earned him Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 15.

For Snodgrass, this is her second-consecutive Swimmer of the Week award and the seventh of her career.

The junior won both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke in a quad meet this weekend. In the 200-back, she touched the wall more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Snodgrass was also on IU’s winning 400-yard freestyle relay team. She finished second in the 200 individual medley.

The Hoosiers defeated Louisville but lost to Michigan and Texas.

They travel to Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend for a meet with Tennessee and Kentucky.

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