The #6 Cardinals hosted the #10 Hoosiers tonight at home, where they were defeated by Indiana by a score of 159-139. The Hoosiers were led by senior Haley Lips, junior Gia Dalesandro and freshman Lilly King, each picking up a pair of individual wins. Lips took the 500 (4:48.70) and 1000 freestyle (9:55.48), Dalesandro the 100 fly (54.01) and 200 IM (2:00.25), and King the 100 (1:00.05) and 200 breaststroke (2:10.57). Lips also grabbed a 2nd place finish in the 200 free, King nabbed 3rd in the 200 IM, and Dalesandro was 3rd in the 200 fly.
Kennedy Goss also had a strong showing for Indiana, winning the 200 free, placing 2nd in the 200 back and 3rd in the 500 free. Stephanie Marchuk had a good meet as well, finishing 2nd in both the 500 and 1000 behind teammate Lips. Diver Lacey Houser swept the diving events for Indiana, giving them a big help in the points race.
Despite taking the loss, the Louisville women had some good swims. They started the meet off with a win in the 200 medley relay, beating Indiana by over 1.5 seconds on the heels of a quick 23.06 fly split from Kelsi Worrell. Worrell took two individual wins, taking the 200 fly (1:56.40) and the 200 back (1:55.63), an event we don’t usually see her in. Also stepping up for Louisville was freshman Mallory Comferford, who claimed the 50 and 100 freestyle in 23.30 and 49.80, respectively. She also finished 2nd in the 100 fly.
Alina Kendzior was the other individual winner for Louisville, taking the 100 back in 54.64. Andrea Cottrell also had a good showing for the Cardinals, finishing runner-up in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. The Cardinals finished off the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay on the strength of a 48.29 anchor from Worrell.
The Hoosier men cruised past Louisville, 175-125, in a dominant performance for Indiana. Blake Pieroni led the way, winning the 100 free (44.09) and the 200 free (1:36.07). He also had a devastating 42.54 anchor leg on the 400 free leg, giving Indiana the edge over Louisville 2:55.39 to 2:56.05.
Indiana got wins from many different men, with Tanner Kurz, Max Irwin, Adam Destrampe, Ali Khalafalla, Vincinius Lanza, and Jackson Miller all touching first in their respective races. Khalafalla (50), Miller (500), and Destrampe (1000) made it a freestyle sweep for Indiana, including Pieroni’s wins in the 100 and 200. Kurz took the 100 breast, Lanza the 100 fly, and Irwin the 200 fly.
Grigory Tarasevich led the way for Louisville, winning both backstroke events along with a strong leadoff in the medley relay that helped Louisville to victory. Other winners for Louisville were Carlos Claverie in the 200 breast and Nolan Tesone in the 200 IM. Trevor Carroll had a pair of second place finishes in the 50 and 500 freestyle, and had a quick anchor leg on the 200 medley helping Louisville to victory.
Both teams have their conference championships fast approaching. Louisville will compete at the ACC Championships, where the women compete February 17-20, and the men February 24-27 in Greensboro, NC. The Hoosiers will compete on the same dates at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, IN.