Lilly King, Zach Apple Lead Big Ten Weekly Awards

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The No. 2/13 Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued to rake in the Big Ten weekly awards, as four Hoosiers earned accolades this week.

After helping the No. 2-ranked Indiana men’s team win the IU Invitational last week, Zach Apple was named Big Ten Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while James Connor was named Big Ten Men’s Diver of the Week.

For the No. 13 Hoosier women’s squad, Lilly King was named Big Ten Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the second-straight week and fourth time this season. Noelle Peplowski was named Big Ten Women’s Freshman of the Week.

Apple had a great three days at the IU Invitational, winning the 100 freestyle with the fastest time in the nation – 42.44. The senior also helped the Hoosiers post NCAA A cut times in victories in the 400 freestyle relay (2:49.56) and the 800 freestyle relay (6:17.78). The 400 free relay’s mark was also the best time in the country.

Along with the wins, Apple also took second on the 50 freestyle (19.47) and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:34.68) with season-best times.

Connor continued his domination at the IU Invitational, winning both events he entered to make him a perfect 7-for-7 on the season. Connor took first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 421.40 and also won the 3-meter dive with a total of 451.80.

The redshirt senior’s seven wins this season are the most for any swimmer or diver for IU. Both scores were NCAA Zones qualifying marks for Connor.

King continued to dominate the breaststroke events at the IU Invitational, winning both the 100 breast (56.43) and 200 breast (2:03.60) with NCAA A cut times. Both times were the fastest in the nation this year.

Peplowski was outstanding for Indiana at the IU Invitational, posting four top-3 finishes in four individual events. The freshman placed second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:08.19 and took third place in the 100 breaststroke (59.38), 200 freestyle (1:47.06) and 500 freestyle (4:42.10). All four times were NCAA B cut marks.

The No. 2/13 Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be off for two months before hosting Big Ten rival and No. 7/5-ranked Michigan at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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