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Swimming & Diving: A solid showing in West Lafayette to close the regular season

The Wildcats earned some nice momentum heading into the Big Ten Championships.

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Both men’s and women’s swimming & diving closed the regular season this past weekend at Purdue, with each team picking up at least one head-to-head win across the meet’s two matchups.

The men improved to a perfect 4-0 in conference play with wins over Minnesota and Purdue on the weekend, while the women opened up with a win against Purdue before falling to No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday. That Saturday loss brought the Wildcat women to an 11-3 overall record, and a 3-1 mark in B1G matchups.

The youngsters continued to steal the show for both teams as a plethora of freshmen swimmers and divers made noise in the final regular season contest of the season. For the men, it was Federico Burdisso who picked up wins in the 100 free and 100 fly, while Markie Hopkins swept the competition on the diving board to pick up a nice individual win for the women.

Both teams now have a few weeks off from competition as they gear up for the conference championships in a few weeks. The women will be up first in Iowa City from Feb. 19-22, and the men will get their go at it the week after in Bloomington from Feb. 26-29.

With both squads sitting firmly in the top half of the conference according to rankings on collegeswimming.com, the Wildcats have to feel good about their chances of improving on last year’s performances. The women, who finished 7th in the conference last year, currently sit in 4th, while the men, who finished 9th in 2018-19, currently sit in the 5th slot in the Big Ten.