Big Ten Weekly Preview: Indiana Faces Showdown With Louisville


The Big Ten season is winding down, but there is still a full slate of dual meets this week.

Many teams will be in action, some against conference foes, some against other opponents in the region.

One of the biggest meets is a non-conference one as Louisville is slated to swim at Indiana on Friday.

The men’s meet will be a battle of top 10 teams. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 3 and the Cardinals are ranked No. 8.

The women’s meet also is a showdown of ranked teams, but both teams are not in the top 10. The Cardinals are ranked No. 16, while Indiana is ranked No. 11.

Both meets should be extremely interesting.

The women’s meet has two of the biggest starts in the country competing. Indiana’s Lilly King is an Olympic gold medalist and multi-national champion in the breaststroke events. Meanwhile, Louisville’s Mallory Comerford is one of the best middle-distance freestylers in the country. She is an NCAA champion and has been an All-American in several events.


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Unfortunately, they won’t swim head-to-head unless they are swimming off events in this meet, but it is still exciting to have some star power at a meet.

The men’s meet will have some of that too as Indiana’s NCAA champion Ian Finnerty and All-American Vini Lanza faces Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero and Zach Harting.


Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

Both teams have depth in individual events and relays, which will give each team some good head-to-head competition in a variety of ways heading into their respective conference championships.

Other meets to watch for

Iowa hosts Western Illinois on Friday in a non-conference meet. Meanwhile there are a pair of two-day meets schedule with all Big Ten teams involved. Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Friday and Saturday, while Northwestern hosts Minnesota and Purdue in a double-dual on Friday and Saturday.

The Big Ten weekend will conclude with a non-conference battle on Saturday at Michigan State hosts Notre Dame.

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