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Indiana-Purdue Men's Dual to be Televised Live by BTN

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Jan. 30, 2014


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Feb. 8 Indiana-Purdue men's swimming and diving dual meet in Bloomington has been selected to be televised live by the Big Ten Network, marking the third year in a row the swimming and diving version of the rivalry will appear on live television.

Action begins at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The standard 16-event dual will be formatted into a two-hour window for the live television coverage.

Two years ago, the Indiana-Purdue co-ed dual meet in Bloomington marked the BTN's first-ever live telecast of swimming and diving action. Last year, the women's dual at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in January was also televised live by BTN.

The BTN has annually televised portions of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships via tape delay, generally a week after the conference meets. All live sports televised by BTN are also available on BTN2Go, but a cable subscription is also required to access BTN2Go.

Head coaches John Klinge, Dan Ross and Ray Looze mutually decided to not rearrange the schedule to make Indiana-Purdue a co-ed dual again. Two years ago, the men opted to move their meet up to coincide with the women to be part of the live-television opportunity. The double dual in 2012 marked the first time in more than two decades the four programs competed at the same pool on the same day for head-to-head competitions.

The Indiana-Purdue men's dual has typically been held in February as both teams' final meet before Big Ten Championships. The women have annually squared off in January as mid-February is part of the resting and tapering period leading up to their conference championship meet.

Rowdy Gaines is slated to return to the BTN broadcast booth for the TV coverage again this year. He is a U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Hall of Famer and the primary analyst for NBC's coverage of the swimming events at the Olympic Games. Pittsburgh Pirates radio and TV play-by-play announcer Tim Neverett will call the action along with Gaines. Neverett has also worked on broadcast teams at the Summer and Winter Olympics.

The BTN has annually televised portions of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships via tape delay, generally a week after the conference meets. The network has been fond of referring to the Indiana-Purdue rivalry in the pool as the "Soaken Bucket." The annual series in football (Old Oaken Bucket), soccer, volleyball and women's basketball all feature traveling trophies.