King, Parratto lead Hoosiers to Big Ten title

Lilly King and Jessica Parratto finished off their final home meet as they so often have before.

As champions.

Indiana’s two senior Olympians won signature events as the 17th-ranked Hoosiers held off No. 3 Michigan to win the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Indiana finished with 1,386.5 points to win its sixth conference title but first since 2011. Michigan had 1,302.5, followed by Ohio State (1,162.5), Minnesota (942) and Wisconsin (717).

It was a Big Ten four-peat for both King and Parratto.

One night after setting the American record in the 100-yard breaststroke, King won the 200 breaststroke for the fourth straight year, this time by 2 1/2 seconds with a 2:05.14. Michigan’s Miranda Tucker, a one-time teammate King’s at IU, was second in 2:07.64, and the Hoosiers’ Noelle Pelowski was third in a personal-best 2:07.75. King swept the breaststroke events all four years and finished as a 16-time conference champion.

“That hurt really bad,” King told the Big Ten Network after climbing out of the pool. “But it’s great to win a fourth and see my girls do so well. I’m really proud of us.”

She might have been out of breath, but the rest of her teammates were sure breathing a lot easier after IU piled up 163 points in that event

Along with Peplowski, King’s girls included Bailey Andison and Laura Morley, who finished sixth and eighth, respectively in 2:08.84 and 2:09.45. The Hoosiers also had four swimmers in the 200 breast B final, led by Bailey Kovac, who won in 2:10.66 to place ninth overall. Abigail Kirkpatrick finished 12th, Mackenzie Atencio was 15th and former Bloomington South standout Mackenzie Looze was 16th.

It helped make sure Indiana never trailed after taking the lead on the second night of the championships, even as Michigan lurked within 45 points after the first three events Saturday night.

After Shelby Koontz gave the Hoosiers a sixth place in the 200 butterfly with a 1:57.54, it was Parratto’s turn.

She entered the platform finals as the top seed after edging Purdue’s Emily Meaney by .35 points in the afternoon prelims.

After scoring in the 70s on her first three dives, Parratto ripped off 84.8s on her final two dives to finish with a pool record 394.40, 30 points ahead of Northwestern’s Olivia Rosendahl. Meaney finished third with 352.85.

Parratto was named the diver of the meet after winning the 1-meter title on Thursday and finishing third on the 3-meter board on Friday.

The Hoosiers started the night with a third from Cassie Jernberg and a sixth from Maggie Wallace in the 1,650 freestyle. Jernberg went 15:57.25, while Wallace touched in 16:08.32. Josie Grote won the B final and finished ninth in 16:17.10.

Morgan Scott led Indiana in the 100 freestyle with a fourth-place finish in 48.84. Former Bloomington South standout Julia Wolf was 11th in 49.35, Laurel Eiber was 14th in 49.92, and Grace Haskett, another former Panther, was 18th in 49.77.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Morgan Scott, Christine Jensen, Shelby Koontz and Andison closed out the meet for IU with a third-place finish in a school-record 3:14.32.

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