Indiana dash star Bruno Blaskovic has been identified with a fractured vertebra, and can be out of the pool for six to eight months. The damage is not going to solely maintain the senior from competing within the upcoming Males’s Huge Ten Championships and NCAA Championships, however the Tokyo Olympics as properly, the place he was prone to signify his dwelling nation of Croatia.
The fracture, which is to Blaskovic’s L4 vertebra as reported by the Indianapolis Star, would require Blaskovic to put on a again brace for an estimated 6-Eight months. In response to the report by the Indianapolis Star, the reason for the damage has not but been formally decided, although IU head coach Ray Looze believes the months of unsupervised coaching through the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a contributing issue. Blaskovic informed the Star that when he returned to Croatia, and the nation subsequently went into lockdown, he tried to remain in form by lifting weights in his storage.
Blaskovic informed the Star that he wasn’t actually in a position to determine the particular second he observed the damage, however famous he was experiencing tightness at his final meet, a January 16th twin with Michigan. He went on to race via the again tightness, then informed the Star “After that, I couldn’t actually swim anymore.” Talking on Blaskovic’s inury, and his absence from the Hoosiers’ roster for this championship season, Looze mentioned “You don’t lose your finest swimmer and never have it have an effect on you,” including “This yr is a battle of attrition.”
Blaskovic had a adorned profession with IU, profitable Swimmer of the Meet ultimately yr’s Males’s Huge Ten Champs. Eventually yr’s Champs, Blaskovic received the 50 free and 100 free, got here in 2nd within the 100 fly, and helped IU’s 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley relays to victory. He was amongst the highest medal contenders in his occasions for the 2020 NCAAs, earlier than they had been cancelled because of the pandemic.
He’s additionally competed internationally for Croatia, swimming on the 100 and 50 free on the 2019 World Champs, although he missed advancing to semifinals in each races. He additionally competed within the 50 free on the 2015 World Junior Championships, and earned Silver within the 50 on the 2016 European Junior Championships.
Now with out their high sprinter, the Indiana Hoosiers will look to enhance upon their Third-place end from final yr’s Huge Ten Championships. IU are the defending champions in all relays besides the 800 free. The Males’s Huge Ten Champs can be held in Columbus, OH, from March 2-6.