5 Top Storylines For B1G Ten Action This Weekend

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There are still not a lot of meets going on in the B1G Ten conference as teams are still in the midst of tough winter break training. There are three schools in action in the next week however including Rutgers in a tri-meet, Minnesota in a training trip meet and Wisconsin in a meet next week coming home from a training trip. Here are five story lines to look out for.

5 Top Storylines For B1G Ten Action This Weekend

  1. Minnesota is in the middle of tough (we assume) training in Hawaii and will face the hometown Warriors in the Aloha state. They also did not swim a yards mid-season rest meet so they are down in the rankings compared to the rest of the conference. The four-time defending Big Ten champions are seeing a lot of promise from the underclassmen and are poised to continue that streak for a long time.
  2. Meanwhile the Gopher men are led by junior Daryl Turner and have a good supporting cast that could be dangerous come February. Junior Jakub Maly hasn’t been as impressive in-season but sophomore Connor McHugh has really stepped in his place and has been impressive for the Gophers.
  3. Rutgers will swim in a tri-meet against Kansas and the Hurricanes in Miami for their training trip meet. The Knights have been led by Senior Morgan Pfaff, Junior Rachel Stoddard and Freshman Vera Koprivova. The Knights are still in their third year in the conference but with a freshman like Koprivova already making waves in the backstroke events, the Knights could be moving on up in the conference.
  4. Wisconsin is currently training in Hawaii for the break and will be taking a stop in Los Angeles to face the Trojans of USC on Tuesday before returning home. The Badgers have seen impressive swimming so far this season from Juniors Matt HutchinsCannon Clifton and Brett Pinfold. They will face a tough USC squad that finished fourth at last year’s NCAA Championships.
  5. The Wisconsin women won four of the five relays last year at the conference championships but lost Ivy Martin to graduation. Chase Kinney has stepped in her place and has become one of the best sprinters in the Big Ten. Dana GrindallJessica Unicomb, and transfer Danielle Valley have been huge for the Badgers this season as they will face a USC team that finished 13th at NCAAs a year ago.

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Author: Andy Ross

Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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