Jan. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Jan. 26 Indiana-Purdue women's swimming and diving dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center has been selected to be televised live by the Big Ten Network, marking the second year in a row the two rivals have squared off on live television.
Action begins at noon on Saturday, Jan. 26. The standard 16-event dual will be formatted into a two-hour window for the television coverage.
Last year's Indiana-Purdue co-ed dual meet at IU's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center marked the BTN's first-ever live telecast of swimming and diving action. Commentators Bernie Guenther, Rowdy Gaines and Cynthina Potter will return to the broadcast booth this year. Gaines, a U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer, is the primary analyst for NBC's coverage of the swimming events at the Olympic Games. Potter, an IU Hall of Famer and 1976 Olympic medalist, serves in the same role for the diving events at the Olympics. Guenther swam collegiately at Florida.
The BTN has annually televised portions of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships via tape delay, generally a week after the conference meets.
Head coaches John Klinge, Dan Ross and Ray Looze mutually decided to not rearrange the schedule to make Indiana-Purdue a co-ed dual this year. The Indiana-Purdue men's dual has typically been held in February as both teams' final tune up before the conference championship meet. The men opted to move their meet up to coincide with the women last year to be part of the live-television opportunity. Last year's double dual 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.
Meanwhile, the women's teams utilize the scheduled weekend of the Indiana-Purdue men's dual (Feb. 9) as part of their tapering period for the Big Ten Championships. The women's Big Ten meet is set for Feb. 20-23 in Minneapolis. The men's Big Ten meet will be hosted by Indiana this season and is slated for Feb. 27 through March 2.
In conference calls organizing the event, the BTN staff producers jokingly said they were in favor of a traveling trophy being introduced to the Indiana-Purdue series in the pool, going as far to suggest naming the trophy the "Soaken Bucket." The annual series in football (Old Oaken Bucket), soccer, volleyball and women's basketball all feature traveling trophies. The result of the Indiana-Purdue women's swimming and diving dual live on the BTN will count towards the Crimson and Gold Cup standings.
Purdue won the last women's dual at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Indiana recently won three consecutive Big Ten women's titles from 2009-11.
Purdue Highlights from 2012 Indiana-Purdue Dual