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Indiana Freshman Ella Ristic Misses 800 Free Relay in Concussion Protocol


2021 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indiana freshman Ella Ristic was not cleared by the staff trainers to compete on Wednesday night on the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships attributable to a concussion, head coach Ray Looze informed SwimSwam.

Ristic suffered the concussion in observe whereas doing flip drills, in keeping with a submit on her Twitter account.

The staff is hopeful that she can be cleared in time for the five hundred free on Thursday, the place she’s the twenty second seed within the 500 free. That’s one in all solely two particular person occasions for her, together with an 18th seed within the 200 free.

Ristic was noticeably absent from the Hoosiers’ 800 free relay because the staff’s greatest 200 freestyler. That relay nonetheless managed to swim 7:02.42 and place eleventh total with a staff of Josie Grote (1:45.43), Noelle Peplowski (1:46.08), Abby Kirkpatrick (1:45.03), and Laurel Eiber (1:45.88).

Kirkpatrick did rather a lot to assist Indiana enhance on their Large Ten Championship time because of a 1:45.03 cut up on Wednesday, which was 1.17 seconds higher than she was at Large Tens.

Looze lauded the efficiency of the veteran relay, which had 3 seniors and a junior, calling it “among the best scrappy relays we’ve ever put collectively.”

That features the senior Eiber, who took Ristic’s spot and swam an anchor leg that was 1.23 seconds sooner than her lifetime greatest flat-start within the occasion. Eiber can also be a member of Indiana’s 200 and 400 free relays.

Ristic, a California native, completed third within the 500 free and 2nd within the 200 free on the Large Ten Championships. She’s the Sixth-best performer at school historical past within the 200 free.

Indiana sits in eleventh place after 1 occasion on the Large Ten Championships. They improved 2 factors on their seed in that occasion.