The IU women’s swimming team will compete in the Big Ten Women’s Swimming Championships from Feb. 23-27 at Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
The Hoosiers are also preparing for the Big Ten Diving Championships from Feb. 25-27 at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The team currently sits at No. 21 after dual-meet wins against conference opponents Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers and Purdue, as well as a 126-174 loss to rival Michigan in its opening meet on Jan. 16 in Bloomington.
Junior Noelle Peplowski and sophomore Emily Weiss are two of the top contenders for the Hoosiers this week.
Peplowski has had impressive finishes in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley with times of 1:00.99, 2:12.89 and 4:19.24 across the season respectively.
Weiss has also seen competition success with finishes of 1:00.80 and 2:12.09 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Both Weiss’ and Peplowski’s times are in the conference’s top ten for their respective races.
IU sophomore divers Margaret Rodgers and Zain Smith are looking to build on momentum ahead of their conference championships after personal best scores of 195.50 and 212.20 in the platform dive during the Feb. 6 dual-meet competition against Rutgers and Purdue.
In last year’s competition, IU finished third, behind Ohio State and Michigan.
This third place finish marked the first time since 2008 that the team did not finish in the top 2 at the event. However, the team’s stretch of top 3 finishes in 19 of the last 20 seasons is still intact.
If any of the Hooisers qualifies, the NCAA women’s diving championships will be March 7-9 in Lexington, Kentucky, and the swimming championships will take place March 17 through 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.