Ray Looze Relives Small Moments That Led to Indiana Winning Big Ten Title by .5 Points

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The Indiana women’s swim team upset the 4-time defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes last week to win the Big Ten Championships. The 4-day meet came down to the last event, the 400 free relay, where Indiana touched 2nd and Ohio State touched 3rd, netting Indiana the victory by .5 points.

Indiana head coach Ray Looze spoke to SwimSwam and reflected on everything that went into the win, emphasizing that they just wanted a chance to win the meet when it got to the last event.

  • 0:00 Ray Looze Introduction
  • 0:46 Having an Outside Chance at Winning Big Tens
  • 4:33 WInning the Final Relay
  • 9:18 DQing a Relay
  • 12:48 From Swimming-Off for 24th to Winning the C-Final
  • 15:23 Having the Meet Come Down to the Final Relay
  • 16:57 Adjusting to Dual Meets Getting WAY Faster
  • 19:41 Growth in the Big Ten Conference
  • 21:27 Men’s Big Ten Championships


Music: Otis McDonald

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29 days ago

Why is it that SwimSwam won’t print the type of person he really is?

B1G Fan
1 month ago

Was it when they cheered when Ohio State Dqd or was it when their parents threw things into other teams sections ?

1 month ago

This was a great interview. I am not the biggest Ray Looze fan, but this interview made me more of one. I appreciate how he was enjoying the process and the excitement of the situation as much as the fans were. This was an awesome story line for this meet, and I’m glad it was highlighted!

Reply to  DMSWIM
29 days ago

Once you know the real person you’ll never be a fan. Trust me!!

1 month ago

Real content starts at 7:10

Reply to  Swimmer
28 days ago

Is there really any “real” content when it comes to this person? Think about?

Last edited 28 days ago by Iseal
1 month ago

Great interview with plenty of insight into the meet and other areas of our sport. Congratulations Coach Looze, and the Hoosiers. Yes – we were entertained!!

Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

There are a hundred little stories here on how what each swimmer or diver did to make a difference. I can only speak from the dive side. Ray and Drew took a chance on their roster and gave up 2 swim of the 18 total spots for 4 divers–including two unproven freshmen. Those two freshmen got into every final–one got into 1 A and 2 Bs; and the other 2 As and 1 B–which was not supposed to happen. Not only was it Skylar’s last flawless dive and unbelievable win by .40 that clawed IU back into possibly contending for the title, but it was the two freshman and the senior (two of those are definitely not tower divers) who… Read more »

1 month ago

Ray Looze said in a recent interview that the Chinese are “cheating their asses off.” I wonder if that applies to Skyler Liu as well.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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