March 29, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Casey Matthews added her name to an elite group of Purdue student-athletes when she won the 3-meter diving national championship last Friday in Indianapolis. She became the 19th different Boilermaker to claim a national title. Click here for the complete list. Matthews, a redshirt junior who has overcome two shoulder surgeries and an ankle surgery, is the first-ever national champion for the women's swimming and diving program. As a team, the Boilermakers finished 19th at the NCAA Championships, the third-best showing in school history behind the 2010 (16th) and 2005 (17th) squads.
Two other Boilermakers earned All-America honors last weekend - redshirt freshman diver Michelle Cabassol (fourth in 3-meter event) and senior wrestler Ivan Lopouchanski (seventh at 149 pounds). Seven Purdue student-athletes have earned first team All-America honors this school year, up from three in 2011-12. The high-water mark this century is 11 in 2000-01. Here is the all-time listing.
McClintock Shines for United States
Freshman Matthew McClintock finished 20th in the world at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It marked the best showing by a United States runner since 2009. McClintock's time of 22:52 was the fastest United States 8,000-meter clocking since 1985. He helped the United States finish fourth as a team.
Men's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships
The NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships are under way in Indianapolis, and the Boilermakers are represented by six swimmers (Lyam Dias and Danny Tucker as individuals and as part of relays; Chuck Destro, Matt Friede, Stephen Seliskar and Benjamin Ziolkowski as part of relays) and two divers (Jamie Bissett and Layne Rogers). On Thursday, Rogers earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 1-meter diving event, as did Tucker, Destro, Ziolkowski and Friede in the 200 free relay.
Two men's swimmers - sophomores Manuel Gutierrez and Jacob Robinson - are among nine Big Ten winter sports student-athletes to boast a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. Gutierrez is majoring in electrical engineering; Robinson in management.
Junior Nikki Nunn's long jump of 6.32 meters (20-feet, 9-inches) at the SEC-Big Ten Challenge last Saturday is the leading mark in the nation. It set a meet record and ranks third in Purdue history, behind Leah Kincaid and Leah Eber (both 6.45 meters/21-feet, 2-inches). Nunn was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for her effort.
Redshirt senior pitcher Robert Ramer just doesn't walk opposing batters. At least not many. Entering this weekend's three-game series at Penn State, the right-hander has issued merely 23 walks in 149.1 career innings pitched. That's a snappy average of 1.39 free passes per nine innings. For perspective, the active leader among major league pitchers is Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies at 1.86. Ramer also wins, sporting a 15-3 lifetime record with the Boilermakers. His .833 winning percentage is far and away the best in school history.
In her final game as a Purdue women's basketball player, Sam Ostarello grabbed 12 rebounds to finish the season with a school-record 341. That total is tied for eighth on the Big Ten season list. Ostarello pulled down 10.0 rebounds per game - third on the school season list - to become the first Boilermaker to average double figures since Sue Fackler (10.2) in 1977-78. Ostarello just missed averaging a double-double, finishing at 9.9 points per game. Ostarello's career total of 901 rebounds ranks second all-time among Boilermakers behind current assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (968).
Puttin' on the Glitz
The 17th-ranked women's tennis team takes a school-record 10-match winning streak into its match at No. 10 Michigan on Saturday. The previous high was nine straight - in 2010 and 2012 - meaning all three winning streaks have come under current head coach Laura Glitz.
Men's Tennis Surging
The men's tennis team has won five of its last six matches and has a 14-4 record heading into a pair of weekend matches against ranked Big Ten opponents. The 60th-ranked Boilermakers will play host to No. 35 Michigan today at 2 p.m. and No. 51 Michigan State on Sunday at noon at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Purdue is 9-1 at home this season.
Football and Faculty
Purdue faculty and staff and their families are invited to football practice Saturday, April 6. Practice will be held at Ross-Ade Stadium. Faculty and staff can walk on the field from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and then watch the Boilermakers practice from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., athletics director Morgan Burke and head coach Darrell Hazell will talk about the team's commitment to academics and being student-athletes.. Faculty and staff should bring their staff ID and enter through Gate A of Ross-Ade. This practice, called the "Jersey Scrimmage," is the most intense one of the spring. Faculty and staff season tickets are available starting at just $140 - 20 percent off the general public price - and payment plans are available. Call 800-49-SPORT for more information and to order.
Purdue had the largest crowd of the four CBI quarterfinal games, drawing 3,926 fans against Santa Clara on Monday night... Last Sunday's heavy snowfall in West Lafayette has left the Boilermaker Softball Complex unplayable this weekend, and the scheduled home series with Ohio State has been moved to Columbus. The Boilermakers and Buckeyes will play today at 5 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. ...Tanner Lipsett of the athletics communications staff was honored as the 2013 Division I Wrestling Sports Information Director of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association.