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IU women's swim and dive qualifies 13 swimmers for national championships

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Thirteen swimmers on the IU women's swim and dive team have qualified for the March 20-23 national championship meet in Austin, Texas.

The 13 swimmers is the most qualified for an individual team out of the Big Ten, and the third highest total in the nation.

Seniors Bailey Andison, Christie Jensen, Lilly King, and Laura Morley, juniors Cassy Jernberg and Shelby Koontz, sophomores Josie Grote and Bailey Kovac as well as freshman Mackenize Looze, Noelle Peplowski, Christin Rockway, Morgan Scott and Maggie Wallace make up the contingent of IU swimmers who have qualified.

King will compete in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, as she goes for her seventh and eighth individual national championship, completing the career sweep of the two breaststroke events. King has the fastest time in the nation for both events.

Peplowski will also swim both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, along with Andison, Kovac and Morley.

Andison, Jensen, King and Looze will all compete in the 200-yard individual medley. Andison and Looze will also swim in the 400-yard individual medley, along with Rockway and Grote.

Andison has the nation's sixth-fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley and the fifth fastest in the 400.

Jensen and Koontz will each compete in the 100-yard butterfly.

Jernberg and Wallace will each swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and Jernberg will also be in the 500-yard freestyle.

Lastly, Scott will swim in the 100-yard backstroke.

IU has also qualified for four relays, the 200- and 400-yard medley relay, as well as the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay.

IU swimmers have eight total NCAA A cut times, which automatically qualified those swimmers for the national championships, while the remainder of the swimmers had NCAA B cuts, receiving invites to Austin. IU swimmers have A cuts in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 200- and 400-yard individual medley. The final four A cuts all come from the four relay events IU qualified for.

With a large group of swimmers going to Austin, and diving qualifying still yet to take place, IU is in position to finish in the top 10 at the national championships for a fourth straight year, something the team has never done before. The highest ever finish for the IU women is seventh, a result that came in 2016.

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