IU Olympians King and Pieroni Named Big Ten Swimmers of the Week

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Big Ten has announced its weekly swimming and diving honorees, led by Indiana University Olympic gold medalists Lilly King and Blake Pieroni. Read the full list of winners below.

Female Swimmer of the Week 
Lilly King, Indiana
Jr. – Evansville, Ind., – F.J. Reitz

  • Recorded six first place finishes for the Hoosiers over the weekend at the Purdue Invitational
  • Posted NCAA B Standard times in the 200 IM (1:55.96), the 100 (59.12) and 200 (2:10.99) breast stroke, as well as helped her team to NCAA A Standard times in the 200 (1:34.58) and 400 (3:32.04) medley relay
  • Broke a school record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.95), and posted the fastest time in the nation in the 200 medley relay and the second fastest time in the 100 breast stroke
  • Earns her seventh career Swimmer of the Week honor and the third of the season
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Lilly King (Nov. 1, 2017)

Female Diver of the Week
Abigail Knapton, Nebraska
So. – Omaha, Neb. – Omaha Marian  

  • Won both the 3-meter (348.50) and platform (270.60) diving events at the Mizzou Invitational
  • Posted NCAA zone qualifying scores for both events
  • Earns her first career Diver of the Week award
  • Last Nebraska Diver of the Week: Anna Filipcic (Nov. 9, 2016)

Female Freshman of the Week 
Grace Haskett, Indiana 
Bedford, Ind. – Bloomington South

  • Recorded six first place finishes for the Hoosiers over the weekend at the Purdue Invitational
  • Posted NCAA B Standard times in the 50 (22.19) and 100 (48.72) freestyle as well as helped her team to NCAA A Standard times in the 200 (1:34.58) and 400 (3:32.04) medley relay
  • Broke a school record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.95), and posted the fastest time in the nation in the 200 medley relay
  • Earns her second career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Grace Haskett (Oct. 25, 2017)

Male Swimmer of the Week
Blake Pieroni, Indiana
Sr. – Valparaiso, Ind. – Chesterton

  • Placed first in the 100 (42.10) and 200 (1:32.33) freestyle as well as helped his team to first place finishes in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay at the Purdue Invitational
  • Recorded NCAA A Standard qualifying times in both individual events
  • Earns his ninth career Swimmer of the Week honor and the third of the season
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Blake Pieroni (Nov. 15, 2017)

Male Diver of the Week
Brandon Loschiavo, Purdue
So. – Huntington Beach, Calif. – Huntington Beach

  • Earned a first and second place finish at the Purdue Invitational over the weekend, posting zone qualifying scores in the 1-meter (392.35) and platform (481.20) events
  • Dove the top score in the nation on the platform by 134 points, scored at least 84 points in four of the six rounds and garnered a personal season-best on the 1-meter
  • Earns his first Diver of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Diver of the Week: Steele Johnson (Nov. 8, 2017)

Male Freshman of the Week
Bruno Blaskovic, Indiana
Vodnjan, Croatia – SMSI Danto Alighieri Pula

  • Advanced to the A Finals in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly at the Purdue Invitational
  • Placed second in the 50 free (19.76) and the 100 free (43.36) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (47.88) while recording NCAA B Standard times in all three individual events
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Vini Lanza (Feb. 3, 2016)

Press releases courtesy of the Big Ten conference.

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David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer for Swimming World. A contributor to the magazine and website since 2009, he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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