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IU nearly sweep Big Ten weekly honors

Five IU swimmers and divers were honored with Big Ten weekly awards, the conference announced Tuesday.

Junior Brooklynn Snodgrass was awarded her sixth-career Swimmer of the Week award and Kennedy Goss was Freshman of the Week.

Snodgrass was first in the 200-yard backstroke and second in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-free relay in a 126-113 loss to Auburn on Saturday.

Goss won the 200-yard freestyle and placed second in the 500-free also against Auburn.

The Canada native was impressing her teammates before the season started, especially in the team’s inter-squad scrimmage a couple weeks ago, senior Cynthia Pammett said.

“We had Kennedy Goss in the 100-free last weekend and to go 51 (seconds) in season is like amazing,” Pammett said. “She trains so hard, and she’s so passionate about swimming. It’s nice to see.”

On the men’s side, sophomore Anze Tavcar was Swimmer of the Week, freshman James Connor was Diver of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors went to Ali ?Khalafalla.

Tavcar claimed three first-place finishes in the Hoosiers’ 149-91 win against Auburn. Those wins came in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 400-free relay.

This is Tavcar’s first-career Swimmer of the Week honor.

Connor swept his events, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard competitions. Both scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.

Red shirt freshman Jessica Parratto also won both of her events Saturday.

“First go as Hoosiers, as freshmen, couldn’t have been a better day,” IU diving Coach Drew Johansen said. “They really performed well. They showed their ?experience.”

Khalafalla was part of the winning IU 200-medley and 400-free relay teams.

He swam a strong anchor leg in the 200-medley race to help the Hoosiers win a race they weren’t expected to win.

Khalafalla was also third in the 50-yard freestyle.

“Ali, he has this ability to just kind of keep getting faster,” IU swim Coach Ray Looze said. “He accelerates as the lap goes on. That’s a rare quality, and it’s an elite quality. He’s just got a good mind about him.”

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