HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's swimming team will continue its preparations for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships with a trip to Rose-Hulman this weekend.
SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers and Fightin' Engineers will meet in a head-to-head dual for the second time this season. Competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Rose-Hulman Natatorium.
- Hanover has three head-to-head victories this season, including a 109-18 triumph over Manchester last time out on Jan. 5. The Blue and Red also defeated Rose-Hulman in their inaugural home meet back in the fall, 107-95, and Thomas More (129-73) at double-dual hosted by Franklin back in mid-November.
- In the last meet, the Panthers picked up victories in seven of the eight individual races against Manchester, while also taking both mixed relay events. Hanover has topped 100 points in all three victories, winning those appearances by an average of 53 points.
- Sophomore Liv Loran (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has been one of HC's most consistent and top performers all season long. Loran has four first-place finishes this season and leads the Panthers with top times in the 50 freestyle (25.52), 100 fly (1:03.09) and 100 backstroke (1:05.49). She is also coming off a victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.90 against Manchester.
- Freshman Nora Miodrag (Louisville, Ky.) has paced the Panthers in individual victories this year with six, despite missing the team's last appearance. Miodrag's success has come mainly in the breaststroke events. Her best times of 1:06.41 in the 100-yard and 2:36.76 in the 200-yard rank inside the top five in the HCAC this year. The freshman also owns Hanover's lone conference player of the week award.
- Sophomore Meagan Miles (Nabb, Ind.) leads the Blue and Red in the distance free events. Miles is coming off a win in the 1000 freestyle and 200 individual medley versus Manchester. The sophomore's top distance freestyle times are 11:42.12 and 19:27.50 in the 1000- and 1650-yard races, respectively.
- The Panthers are currently in their inaugural season as a varsity intercollegiate program. Hanover ranks fourth on CollegeSwimming.com's HCAC dual rankings.
SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: The Fightin' Engineers will be entering the pool Saturday for the fifth straight weekend. Rose-Hulman is 8-12 in dual meets this season and rank second in the CollegeSwimming.com conference poll. The Engineers have lost each of their last four dual meets, with two coming to nationally-ranked Division III opponents and another to Division I Valparaiso.
UP NEXT: Hanover will break until the HCAC Championships, which will commence Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16. The six-team meet will take place in Terre Haute, Ind., at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.
Contact: Tyler Jester