Jan. 10, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Freshmen Austin Flager and Meagan Lim, senior Casey Matthews and sophomore Layne Rogers were honored by the Big Ten after winning events to help the Boilermakers sweep their outdoor dual meet at Hawaii on Saturday. Matthews and Rogers took home Big Ten Diver of the Week awards, while swimmers Flager and Lim were recognized as Big Ten Freshmen of the Week. Matthews and Rogers won the 1-meter diving competitions. Flager (50 free) and Lim (200 IM) both won an individual event and contributed to a medley relay victory. The 20th-ranked women's team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won all 12 events en route to a 146-91 victory, while the men (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were winners in nine of 12 events to earn a 134-103 decision.
The Boilermakers returned from Honolulu on Wednesday and play host to Michigan at 6 p.m. today and Michigan State at 1 p.m. tomorrow in co-ed dual meets at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Michigan men are the defending Big Ten and NCAA champions and ranked No. 1 in the latest national poll, while the Michigan women are No. 24.
While training in Hawaii, junior Tracy Glaser and sophomores Collin Baker and Adam Johnston blogged about their trip. You can read all the entries here.
More Weekend Action
The 20th-ranked wrestling team (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) is on the road for a pair of matches - tonight at No. 18 Michigan and Sunday at top-ranked Penn State. The track and field teams resume action at noon tomorrow when they play host to the Gene Edmonds Invitational at Lambert Fieldhouse. Men's basketball (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten) welcomes Nebraska to Mackey Arena at noon Sunday. The 21st-ranked women's basketball team (10-4, 0-2 Big Ten) plays its third straight conference road game Sunday at No. 14 Penn State. The 3 p.m. matchup will be televised by ESPN.
The Jan. 6 women's basketball game against intrastate rival Indiana that was postponed due to winter weather has been rescheduled for Jan. 17. Tip time is 7 p.m. at Mackey Arena.
Help Purdue Win NCAA 6th Fan Contest
The NCAA has launched the 6th Fan contest, an exciting nationwide online competition that will determine which Division I school has the most school pride and supportive fans. Fans can find all the details here, including how to win great prizes and how to help Purdue be awarded more than $100,000 in general scholarship contributions. Votes may be cast directly, or submitted through ncaa.com to Facebook and Twitter. Fans also may vote directly on Twitter by tweeting or retweeting the #6thFan hashtag and #BoilerUp.
Six former Purdue football players will play in this weekend's NFL divisional playoffs. On Saturday, Cliff Avril and the Seattle Seahawks play host to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, while Rob Ninkovich and the New England Patriots entertain the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, Kawann Short and the Carolina Panthers play host to the San Francisco 49ers, while Nick Hardwick and the San Diego Chargers travel to Denver to face Shaun Phillips and the Broncos.
Football spring practice is scheduled to begin March 6, with the Spring Game on April 12 ... Congratulations to director of high school relations Casey Nuss and his wife, Kelly, on the birth of their daughter, Delaney Olivia ... On Feb. 1, the marketing and promotions office is holding auditions to sing the National Anthem at upcoming Purdue athletic events. Click here for more information and to fill out an application ... The Purdue spirit squad will host its "Friends and Family" nationals performance at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Holloway Gymnasium. The event is free and open to the public.