By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Women’s outdoor track & field finished 21st at the NCAA Championships, which wrapped up June 10.
The Boilermakers boasted seven first team All-Americans: junior Symone Black (400-meter hurdles), redshirt junior Savannah Carson (long jump and 4x100-meter relay), redshirt junior Devynne Charlton (100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay), senior Carmiesha Cox (4x100-meter relay) and junior Savannah Roberson (4x100-meter relay).
Charlton was the team’s top finisher, placing fifth in the 100 hurdles with a school-record wind-legal (+1.6) time of 12.74 seconds. Black, Carson and the 4x100 relay each took seventh.
Sophomore Janae’ Moffitt and Thomas earned honorable mention honors in the high jump and 400 meters, respectively.
Swanigan, Charlton Named Athletes of the Year
The basketball and track standouts were selected by a vote of Purdue Athletics administrators from a pool of candidates made up of each sport's Most Valuable Player or similar designee.
Swanigan was named a consensus first team All-American and was a finalist for the Wooden, Malone and Big O Awards after an incredible sophomore season. He recorded one of the top statistical seasons not only in Purdue history, but in NCAA history. Swanigan averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.1 percent from the free throw line.
Swanigan is the only player in the last 31 years (since the 1985-86 season) with at least 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists.
His 28 double-doubles were the most for a player in Big Ten history and 13th most for a player in NCAA history, leading the country in that category. He set Purdue’s season rebounds record by almost 100 rebounds (436; Joe Barry Carroll is second with 352) and recorded 10 more double-doubles than any player in school history.
In addition, Swanigan was named a second team Academic All-American, boasting a 3.60 grade-point average during the spring semester and a 3.34 cumulative GPA.
Charlton won five Big Ten titles and earned four All-America honors, including three first-team nods, during her incredible fourth year on campus.
During the indoor season, Charlton was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships after finishing runner-up at the NCAA Championships in the 60-meter hurdles and claiming conference crowns in the hurdles and 60-meter dash. She earned first team All-America honors with her second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, as well, and was a second team All-American in the 60-meter dash.
Outdoors, Charlton earned first team All-America honors in the 100-meter hurdles after placing fifth at the NCAA Championships. She also was a first team All-American after running the lead leg of the seventh-place 4x100-meter relay team. Charlton was the Big Ten champion in both events, as well as the 100-meter dash. She was named the Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships.
Swanigan and Charlton now will represent the Boilermakers in the voting for the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year awards. The Big Ten awards will be voted on by a panel of conference media and announced by the conference office June 20. Dani Bunch (track & field) was the last Boilermaker to win Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year in 2014. Diver David Boudia was Purdue’s most-recent Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year winner in 2011.
Team USA to Host Team Canada Twice
Men’s basketball, which will be the USA National Team for the World University Games, will host Team Canada in a pair of exhibition games Aug. 11 and 12. The games will serve as a tune-up for the team’s trip to Taipei in mid-August.
The first game will be played Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. ET at Carmel (Indiana) High School. The second game will be contested the following day at 4 p.m. at Lafayette (Indiana) Jefferson High School. The Team USA travel party will depart from Chicago on Aug. 13 for Taipei.
Tickets will go on sale July 6 and can be purchased by calling the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT or online at PurdueSports.com.
Jones Hired as Director of Strength & Conditioning
Jennifer Jones has been hired as director of strength & conditioning. She will oversee all sports other than football.
Jones comes to the Boilermakers from Texas A&M, where she has served as assistant director of strength & conditioning since 2004, working with the women’s basketball program.
In 2011, Jones was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. The designation is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength & conditioning coach, representing professionalism, knowledge, experience and expertise, as well as longevity in the field. Jones is one of fewer than 100 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the country and one of merely eight women to earn the title.
Jones’ other experience includes serving as head strength coach for women’s athletics at the University of Arkansas (2001-04) and as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at the University of Houston (1997-2000).
A 1995 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science, Jones worked as a graduate assistant at East Carolina in 1996-97, working with the men’s basketball, football, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball programs. She earned a master of science degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2015.
Junior pitcher Ross Learnard earned second team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association … Junior swimmer Marat Amaltdinov was named second team Academic All-American … Track & field coach Lonnie Greene completed a sweep of the Great Lakes Region Women’s Coach of the Year, earning the honor for both in the indoor and outdoor season … Mike Cassity has been hired as the director of high school relations for the football program, Ryan Wallace and Kevin Wolthausen have joined the staff in quality control positions, and Jeff Eaton is on board as assistant director of strength & conditioning … Football mini plans and single-game tickets are on sale … Men’s basketball coach Matt Painter announced the Boilermakers’ 2017-18 non-conference schedule … The women’s swimming & diving latest recruiting class consists of 13 swimmers and one diver … Former wide receiver Cameron Posey (2013-16) signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was a tryout player during the team’s rookie minicamp … Volleyball alumna Annie Drews (2012-15) has been named to USA Volleyball’s 14-player roster for the Pan American Cup, which will take place June 17 to 25 in Peru … Former Purdue pitcher Matt Frawley (2014-16) was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the New York Yankees and assigned to the Yankees’ Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, the Charleston (South Carolina) RiverDogs.