No. 13 Indiana women’s swim and dive team returned to the pool for senior day to face off with in-state rival Purdue Saturday at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Following a loss against the University of Louisville last weekend, Indiana rebounded against Purdue with a winning score of 168-120.
Head swimming coach Ray Looze gave glowing feedback of the team’s performance following the win.
“It’s always super important to come away with wins against Purdue,” Looze said. “Our teams did a great job of that today.”
Senior Mackenzie Looze celebrated the special occasion with a pair of successful individual performances. She was an integral part of the winning effort from Indiana’s 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.98, and 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:24.49. Looze also won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.45.
Seniors Noelle Peplowski and Maggie Wallace took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1,000-yard freestyle, respectively. Peplowski posted a time of 2:11.42 and Wallace finished with a 10:12.71 mark.
Looze said he appreciates his seniors performing so well and staying at Indiana for all four years of their careers.
“I couldn’t be happier for the seniors,” Looze said. “We want to dedicate this meet to them because in athletics today, to start and finish at the same institution, to me, is hugely important. I want to recognize it and I want to celebrate it.”
On the diving side, sophomore Tarrin Gilliland returned to the pool for the first time since October 2021. Gilliland came away with two wins in the platform dive, and 1-meter dive with scores of 304.58 and 316.58, respectively.
Diving coach Drew Johansen said he was proud of the way his team competed Saturday.
“It was another great showing for the Hoosier divers,” Johansen said. “Gilliland was fantastic on the women’s side, and the whole team is tracking well for the postseason.”
With the postseason looming in the next few months, Indiana’s women have one regular-season meet left against Evansville next Friday at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.