No. 5/9 Indiana took first place in a three-team meet against No. 20 University of Missouri and No. 10 Auburn University in the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
The men took down Missouri and Auburn 196-101 and 181-117, while the women finished 198-98 and 177.5-118.50, respectively.
Indiana burst out to an early lead in the diving pool once again, winning every event. Junior Skylar Liu and senior Anne Fowler controlled the women’s events, each winning the 1-meter (326.50) and 3-meter (364.20) competitions respectively. Liu also finished second in the 3-meter and Fowler in the 1-meter.
Junior Quentin Henninger claimed first place in the men’s 1-meter (388.55) while junior Carson Tyler finished atop the 3-meter standings (422.70).
In the swimming events, the Hoosiers received contributions from farmiliar faces, and some newcomers. Competing in his first short course events of his career, freshman Ahmed Hafnoui won both the 500-yard and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 4:18.62 and 8:55.74, respectively. His times were good for the 12th best and second best times ever in Indiana Swim and Dive history.
Senior Jassen Yep also had an successful showing, winning the 100-yard (52.78) and 200-yard (1:54.71) breaststroke events.
Senior Brendan Burns — a two-time NCAA champion — was the first place finisher in all three of his events, the 100-yard backstroke (47.17), 200-yard backstroke (1:44.14) and 200-yard butterfly (1:44.80). All three times were quick enough for NCAA B-cut qualifying times.
For the women, junior Ching Hwee Gan had a pair of first place finishes in distance events. She won the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.85) and the 1000-yard freestyle (9:46.29).
While the victory came relatively easily for the Cream and Crimson, they were not without their struggles. The Hoosiers did not record a top-three finish in any of the four relay events, and finished top-six in just two.
Indiana improves to 3-0 on the season and 3-0 over Southeastern Conference opponents. The Hoosiers will get their first taste of Big Ten action at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, on November 16-18. This upcoming event is crucial to IU’s qualification for the NCAA Championships in March.