Purdue 178, Hawaii 84
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WON MULTIPLE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
Marat Amaltdinov, Nikola Bjelajac
WON AN EVENT, RUNNER-UP IN ANOTHER
Batuhan Hakan, Nick McDowell
50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Free
100 and 200 Breast; 200 Fly
PERSONAL SEASON-BEST TIMES
Erik Juliusson, 100 Fly; James Boone, 200 Free
HONOLULU - Marat Amaltdinov and Nikola Bjelajac each swept their event specialties to lead the way in Purdue men's swimming's dual meet victory at Hawaii as part of the Boilermakers' winter training trip.
Amaltdinov won both breaststroke events to remain Purdue's team leader in individual event victories this season. Bjelajac swept the sprint freestyle events, posting a team season-best time in the 50 free (20.63).
"We swam really well for day No. 17 of our winter training camp," Purdue head coach Dan Ross said. "May not have been great speed, but it was great racing."
Bjelajac is a freshman from Bosnia and Herzegovina who has joined the program during the semester break. His collegiate eligibility was officially verified last week and he took a Dec. 28 flight to join the Boilermakers in Honolulu for the second half of the winter training trip.
Batuhan Hakan and Nick McDowell teamed up with Bjelajac to help Purdue post 1-2-3 finishes in four of the five individual freestyle events. Hakan (500) and McDowell (1,000) both won a distance event and finished as the runner-up in the other. McDowell's winning time (9:18.52) was less than half a second off his team season best.
Erik Juliusson posted a personal season-best time of 48.50 while winning the 100 butterfly. Adam Noens was victorious in the 200 individual medley and took third in both the 200 free and 200 backstroke.
Bjelajac out touched James Boone by two hundredths of a second to win the 100 free. Boone also finished as the runner-up in the 200 free with a personal season-best time (1:41.25).
Purdue is now 3-2 in dual meet action this season. Next up is a co-ed dual vs. Michigan State on Friday, Jan. 12. The final co-ed meet of the season at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. ET.