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Hixon, Tavcar honored by Big Ten



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Michael Hixon competes in the men's 1 meter diving during IU's meet against Auburn on Oct. 9 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Rachel Meert and Rachel Meert Buy Photos

IU sophomore Anze Tavcar is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, and sophomore Michael Hixon is the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the conference announced ?Tuesday.

This is Tavcar’s second time being honored in three meets this season.

He swept the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events in IU’s wins versus Tennessee and Kentucky on Friday.

Tavcar posted NCAA provisional times in the all three races. His time of 1:36.08 in the 200-free is the best in the nation.

The sophomore from Celje, Slovenia, is ranked second in the 100-free with a time of 43.69 and 10th in the 50-free with a time of 20.10 on the NCAA top times list.

He was also part of the Hoosiers’ win in the 400-yard freestyle relay on ?Friday.

Hixon earns his second-consecutive Big Ten Diver of the Week honor. After sweeping the diving events Friday, he has now won all four of his most recent events.

On the 1-meter, Hixon scored a 417.7 and on the 3-meter, a 414.75. Both scores are season bests for him and NCAA Zone qualifying marks.

Hixon, who transferred to IU during the summer, is the reigning NCAA Champion in both the 1-meter and 3-meter.

The Hoosiers don’t have a meet in the month of ?November.

They will spend the four weeks training in preparation for Winter Nationals on Dec. 5-6 in Greensboro, N.C.

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