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IU Women's Swimming & Diving Tie a Program-Record Seventh-Place finish at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships

Braydyn The Bear Lents
Four IU teammates were awarded medals during the 2023 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships as the team finished in seventh place.Photo byIU Athletics/Women's Swimming & Diving 2023 NCAA Championships

This weekend, the Indiana Hoosiers women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the 2023 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. As the Hoosiers came home with a seventh-place overall finish tying a program record for wins.

This was the best Hoosiers team finish in program history since 2016.

Indiana would fall short of the Virginia Cavaliers who finished in first place in front of the second-place Texas Longhorns. However, the Hoosiers posted five podium finishes, were awarded a silver medal in one event, and set a program record in a relay.

The Hoosiers needed star power early in the water as sophomore Ching Hwee Gan finished her swim as a national runner-up after leading a final mile heat. She beat her career-best time by seven seconds at 15:46.28. Making this the fastest time an IU swimmer has swam since Lindsey Vrooman finished with a 15:44.45 swim during the 2014 NCAA Swimming Championships.

IU senior, Noelle Peplowski finished her collegiate swimming career with a career-best 200-yard breaststroke finish resulting in a fifth-place finish in the championships to finish off her career.

The nation’s best swimmer in Kristina Paegle didn’t have an impressive showing during the 200-yard freestyle as she finished with a 12th place finish with a time of 47.99.

For the first time in IU swimming history, the team scored podiums in the 200-freestyle relay, 400-freestyle relay, and 800-freestyle relay. The team also vaulted in 10th place, with 11 Hoosiers combined for a program record-tying 30 All-Americans honors, and IU finished 11th nationally with 116 points and 20 All-Americans combined as an improvement for an IU team that has improved throughout the years.

This was a major turnaround for a program that had finished 11th in the national rankings a year before, but the IU swim and dive team is hoping to achieve much more recognition soon for a historic program.

The Hoosiers finish with a 7-1 record, and a 2-0 record in conference play, as they rode a four-game winning streak heading into the championship.

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