The Indiana Hoosiers have been on fire the last few years and their women’s team got some good news on Thursday morning. NCAA A-finalist Bailey Andison will transfer from Division I Mid-Major Denver to Bloomington to finish her last year of college swimming with the Hoosiers.
Andison finished in eight in the 200 IM (1:54.44) at the 2018 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships and was ninth in the 400 (4:03.83). Andison also swam the 200 breast at NCAA’s where she was 49th (2:13.09).
Andison was just off her best times at NCAA’s as she swam a 1:54.38 200 IM at the Tennessee Invite in the fall and was a 4:03.09 at the 2017 NCAA’s in the 400 IM where she ended up placing fifth.
This is a huge pick-up for the Hoosiers who have not had a national level IM’er since Alyssa Vavra was a multi-time All-American in 2012. Vavra holds the school records in both IM events with a 1:55.44 in the 200 and 4:01.41 in the 400, both set at the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
Andison’s best time in the 200 is already under Vavra’s school record and she currently sits second all-time with her best time in the 400.
Andison would have also been third at the 2018 Big Ten’s in the 200 with her best time behind Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey (1:53.59) and Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson (1:53.85), who both return next season. Christie Jensen (1:56.76, 5th) and Lilly King (1:56.81, 6th) were Indiana’s highest finishers at Big Ten’s in the event.
Andison would have been the 2018 Big Ten Champion with her best time. Ohio State’s Meg Bailey was the champion this year at 4:04.85, but Bailey beat Andison at the NCAA’s when she placed seventh with a 4:04.26. Senior Sam Lisy was the Hoosier’s lone finalist in the event with a 4:10.55 for eighth place.
The Hoosiers lost a pretty successful senior class that included Lisy, Kennedy Goss and Ali Rockett. Andison will be joining a senior class that includes All-Americans Lilly King and Christie Jensen as the Hoosiers will be loading up to try to take down the three-time defending Big Ten Champions Michigan.
Indiana head coach Ray Looze hasn’t been known as a premiere IM coach since Vavra was on campus. But he has had success on the men’s side with All-Americans Steve Schmuhl and Sam Trahin in the past.