The Indiana men’s and women’s swim and dive teams, No. 8 and No. 13, respectively, will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a three-day invitation over the weekend.
Indiana was almost three weeks away from NCAA competition after competing in two meetings over eight days. The Hoosiers sent swimmers to the FINA World Cup, held November 3-5, but the team’s last doubles meet came on October 29, where they easily defeated the University of Missouri.
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Of the 14 teams competing in the Ohio State Invitational, notable contenders include Ohio State, University of Kentucky, University of California Los Angeles, and Virginia Tech University. The Indiana-Ohio State clash is one to watch as both the men’s and women’s programs are among the best in the nation this season.
All three days of action will be broadcast daily at 5:30 p.m. from the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Big Ten Plus.
Last season, the Indiana men finished first ahead of Ohio State and look to repeat the success of 2021. However, the women are out for revenge. They were defeated by the Buckeyes last year and the Ohio State women’s team has continued on its dominant form. The Buckeye men are 2-0 and the women 3-0, but the key difference is that the Buckeye women have won their three doubles matches by averaging over 115 points.
Sophomore Anna Peplowski, senior Ashley Turak and freshman couple Kristina Paegle and Mya Dewitt have been standout swimmers for the Indiana women so far this season.
“Anna has developed into one of the best NCAA swimmers,” said head swimming coach Ray Looze of Peplowski.
Ph.D. student Van Mathias, senior Brendan Burns and sophomores Luke Barr and Finn Brooks, and divers Quinn Henninger and Carson Tyler have led the Hoosier men so far. Burns’ victory in the 200-yard freestyle, in which he overtook Missouri’s five-year-old Jack Dahlgren by just 0.06 seconds, was one of the highlights of Indiana’s win over the Tigers in their last game.
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The Ohio State Invitational has been on the Indiana calendar since the start of the season. The men are looking to win the meeting for the second straight year, and the women can mark the rest of the season with a win over the Buckeyes.
“We want to go to Columbus and throw the hammer down,” Looze said. “We must go into their house and take what is theirs.”