Indiana Women Roar Past Kentucky and Southwest Missouri State at Home

BLOOMINGTON, IN, November 8. LADY Hoosiers women's swimming and diving squad broke a two-meet losing skein with a pair of dominant triumphs over Kentucky (140-103) and Southwest Missouri State (176-64) on Saturday, Nov. 6 in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind., to move to 3-2 on the season, per IU reports.

Overall, the Hoosiers picked up 11 of the 14 event titles with junior Kristen Bradley and sophomore Leila Vaziri claiming three titles apiece.

"I thought we came back well from yesterday's loss," Head Coach Dorsey Tierney said. "We were more fresh today, even though we were blindsided yesterday. We had a lot more focus this meet and both Annica Lofstedt and Sarah Bugden were feeling better today."

In the opening event of the meet, IU opened up a pair of 13-4 leads over both Kentucky and Southwest Missouri State when Vaziri, Bradley, senior Erin Smith and sophomore Annica Lofstedt claimed the 400-yard medley relay crown in 3:49.32. Vaziri's 100-yard backstroke leadoff of 55.81 also cleared the NCAA provisional standard. Kentucky's Jill Southerlan, Lindsay Myhre, Archer Davis and Sarah Kunz finished in second in 4:01.77, while the SMS quartet of Allison Zeller, Mallory Karpowicz, Audrey Clark and Chauntelle Johnson placed third in 4:02.96.

In the initial individual race of the contest, junior Doherty Colgin captured the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:14.85, while Kentucky's Caitlin Muldoon finished in second in 10:24.39. Additionally, IU sophomore Clarissa Wentworth took third in 10:26.92. At the end of the event, IU led SMS, 26-9, and Kentucky, 25-11. Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 25-9.

In the 200-yard freestyle, IU swept the top two spots with Vaziri in first in 1:52.89 and junior Lauren Torpey in second in 1:53.31. UK's Marci Vrooman took third in 1:56.06. With the 200y free completed, IU led Kentucky, 38-17, and SMS, 40-14, while Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 38-15.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Kentucky's Jennifer Bradford finished in first with a 23.63, while IU's Lofstedt took second in 23.77 and UK's Jessica Siegele posted a third-place 24.01. IU led Kentucky, 44-30 and SMS, 54-19, while Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 54-18, at the end of the event.

In the 400-yard IM, Bradley cleared the B-cut standard for a first-place 4:22.94, while UK picked up the next two spots with Shantel Commander's second-place 4:27.71 and Laura Graham's third-place 4:28.85. With the effort, IU maintained a 54-39 lead over Kentucky and a 69-23 lead over SMS, while Kentucky was in front of SMS, 70-21.

In the diving break, freshman Christina Loukas picked up the one-meter title with a 307.40, while sophomore Lindsay Weigle finished in second with a 274.60. Kentucky's Jessica Thompson took third with a 26.30 total. All three marks cleared the NCAA zone qualifying standard in the event. At the end of the initial diving portion of the day, IU remained in the lead with a 67-45 margin over Kentucky and an 84-27 lead over SMS, while Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 86-24.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Bugden posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:01.60 for first place, while Smith took second with a 2:06.27. Kentucky's Heather Bradford took third in 2:07.36. IU extended its lead to 81-50 over Kentucky and 99-31 over SMS, while Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 101-28.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Vaziri picked up the event title in 51.72, while UK's Bradford took second in 52.00 and IU's Colgin placed third in 52.90. At the completion of the event, IU led Kentucky, 95-55, and SMS, 115-34, while UK was ahead of SMS, 115-33. Also of note, Keefer notched a career-low 54.50 for seventh place.

In the 200-yard backstroke, UK's Siegele seized the crown with a 2:01.96, while IU's Bugden took second in 2:04.83. Kentucky's Southerlan placed third in 2:06.19. Overall, IU led Kentucky, 101-68, and Southwest Missouri State, 128-39, while Kentucky was ahead of SMS, 131-36, at the end of the event.

In the 500-yard freestyle, IU claimed the top two spots with Bradley in first in 4:56.86 and Torpey in second in 4:58.94. SMS's Geisler finished in third in 5:08.90. In the race, IU extended its 116-72 lead over Kentucky and its margin over SMS to 143-43, while Kentucky remained ahead of the Bears, 139-47. Also of note, Fuchs clocked a personal-best 5:12.26 for sixth place.

In the final diving break, IU helped itself to leads of 126-81 over Kentucky and 159-46 over Southwest Missouri State, while Kentucky led SMS, 155-50 in the three-meter springboard. Weigle captured the crown for IU with a 281.60, while Kentucky's Joey Brown finished in second with a 277.90. Both tallies cleared the NCAA zone qualifying mark. Additionally, UK's Taryn Ignacio placed third with a 263.10.

"Christina did a nice job winning the one-meter, while Lindsay did just as well in winning the three-meter," Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "We did not see some of the things we have seen in practice, though. The things that were half-decent this week just did not show up in the meet."

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Kentucky's Graham posted an NCAA B cut time of 2:17.40 to finish in first, while her teammate Commander took second in 2:20.37 and Myhre finished in third in 2:23.19. IU, however, remained in front of UK, 129-97, and SMS, 165-58, while Kentucky led SMS, 171-53.

In the final event of the meet, IU's quartet of Colgin, Lofstedt, Bugden and Wentworth won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.20, while SMS's Marcy O'Neil, Andreina Rojas, Kyla Meuer and Audrey Clark took second in 3:35.82. Additionally, Kentucky's Kelley Morrison, Sarah Kunz, Joanna McLean and Vrooman took third with a 3:37.86.

At the conclusion of all competition, Indiana downed Kentucky, 140-103 and Southwest Missouri State, 176-62, while UK dropped SMS, 177-64.

Next up, the Cream and Crimson play host to the Indiana Invitational Nov. 19-21 in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

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