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Indiana men’s swim and dive prepares for first Big Ten competition against Northwestern

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Indiana men’s swim and dive will travel to face Northwestern’s squad at 11 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, Illinois. 

The last time the two teams met in the regular season Indiana won 241 points to Northwestern’s 59. This meet is Indiana’s first competition since the pandemic ended their 2019-20 season. 

Both programs met later in the 2020-21 season at the 2021 Big Ten Championships. The Wildcats placed sixth while the Hoosiers finished second.  

Indiana is coming off an impressive season opener win against the University of Kentucky, looking to improve its record to 2-0.

One of the events Indiana will compete in is the 100-yard backstroke. Last meet, senior Gabriel Fantoni posted a time of 46.43 in the 100-yard backstroke. This stands as the nation’s fastest time to-date. 

They will also compete in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Last meet, the men’s quartet of Rafael Miroslaw, Jack Franzman, Van Mathias and Tomer Frankel finished with a time of 2:56.44, the top time in the country.

Three Indiana freshmen divers will compete Saturday. The diving program is working to qualify more divers for the postseason this weekend as six divers have already qualified.

“We are looking forward to the competition with Northwestern this weekend,” head diving coach Drew Johansen said.

Northwestern’s swim and dive program is a test for Indiana’s first Big Ten Conference dual meet of the season.

“They are particularly strong protecting their home pool,” head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “It has been many years since we have competed in Evanston, and we look forward to the challenge.”  

Indiana men’s swimming looks to improve on its relay exchanges, starts and turns as it prepares to face Northwestern’s squad Saturday.

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