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IU women's swim and dive earns dominant win over Purdue



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Senior Lilly King and freshman Noelle Peplowski celebrate after placing first and second Nov. 17 at Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. IU beat Purdue 187.5-111.5 on Jan. 25. Claire Livingston Buy Photos

The IU women’s swimming and diving team's performance against then-No. 2 Michigan disappointed Coach Ray Looze last week. 

In response, the Hoosiers headed to West Lafayette, Indiana and produced one of their best performances of the year against Purdue.

IU controlled the meet from wire to wire Saturday, beating Purdue 187.5-111.5.

Purdue is one of the weaker opponents IU has faced this season, and as a result, Looze said that he threw out a slightly different lineup. Overall, Looze said it was a chance to celebrate swimming in the state of Indiana as the rivals met in what he called a  “low street meet.”

Eleven different Hoosiers were individual event winners. Seniors Lilly King and Christine Jensen each won three events. King won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke while Jensen won the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle. Both were on the 200-yard medley winning team.

Freshman Morgan Scott, sophomore Laurel Eiber, junior Shelby Koontz and senior Jessica Parratto were also winners in multiple events against the Boilermakers. 

Parratto improved to 5-for-5 on the season since coming back from injury with wins in the platform dive and the 1-meter dive. 

“We got one of our best athletes back,” Looze said of Parratto. 

The Hoosiers won both the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay events. IU also took four of the top five spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, as well as the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke. 

Though the Hoosiers dominated the podium in West Lafayette, the individual times were still not what they were heading into the break at the end of 2018. Coaches and swimmers on the team have attributed to that to not having a taper meet and still shaking off some rust from the long break. 

Looze remains confident. 

“It’s not always about times, I just thought we competed better, raced better,” he said. 

IU's next meet is at 2 p.m. Friday against No. 16 Louisville.

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