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It was one of the most dominating Big Ten Championship performances ever. The Indiana Hoosiers women’s Swimming and Diving team won the Big Ten Championship for the third straight year by a dominating margin. The Hoosiers finished with 821 points, following 578 points by Minnesota, Ohio State with 456 points, Penn State with 391 points, and Purdue with 385.5 points. Indiana has now won its fourth Big Ten Championship in the last five years.

Indiana put three swimmers in the championship final of the 100 freestyle and were led by Margaux Farrell who touched the wall third in a career best time of 48.76. Right behind was Brittany Strumbel in fourth and Sara Delay with eighth place. Freshman Laura Ryan won her first Big Ten title in the diving competition and Amy Cozad set some school records. Ryan was the one who won the championship title but Cozad set the second-highest five-dive total in school history and the new Big Ten meet record.

Sophomore Josh MacTaggart is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA tennis circuit. The Barnston, U.K. native turned some heads as a freshman, winning the Big Ten Singles Championship. He was the first Hoosier to win the title since 1977. MacTaggart is one of the best Hoosier netters in recent memory.

Playing primarily as the Hoosiers’ number two singles player, MacTaggart has an 10-2 record so far in the spring season and is 2-2 against ranked opponents. He is ranked as the #80 player in the nation, and is the #10 ranked player in the Big Ten according to the College Tennis Online singles rankings. In doubles play, MacTaggart and his partnesr are 11-1, and most of the matches have not even been close. His efforts have also earned him a Big Ten Player of the week honor. No Hoosier has done that since 2007.

MacTaggart during a singles match against Kentucky

By mere record alone, MacTaggart has already improved considerably. He is facing more difficult competition this year, since he was the primary number three singles player last year.The sky is the limit for MacTaggart this season. He will only get better and by the time he is a senior, he will be one of the premier tennis players not only in the Big Ten, but in the entire NCAA.

For a squad that is considered to be a middle of the pack Big Ten team, MacTaggart brings something extra for Indiana’s tournament aspirations. As long as he can keep up his quality play, he will increase the Hoosiers’ chances at going dancing in the NCAA tournament in May.