Jan. 10, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Guillermo Blanco, Casey Matthews and Carly Mercer were all two-time individual winners as the Purdue swimming and diving teams split their dual meets with Michigan Friday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The No. 20 Purdue women were 164.5-135.5 winners against the No. 24 Wolverines after taking nine of the 16 events. The Boilermakers improved to 6-0 in dual meet action this season, recording three of those six victories against Big Ten rivals.
Top-ranked Michigan, the defending Big Ten and NCAA champions, posted a 176-124 victory versus the Purdue men, who dropped to 5-2 in dual meet action this year. Both losses have come against Top 10-ranked opponents. The Wolverines won 11 of the 16 events.
The Boilermakers arrived back on campus Thursday after a multiple-week stay in Honolulu for their winter training trips.
Along with Blanco, Matthews and Mercer, Danny Tucker, Allie Davis and Francesca Marr also enjoyed big nights for Purdue. Tucker put together his best showings since early in the season, out touching rival Bruno Ortiz (20.27) to win the 50 free (20.25) and anchoring the Boilers' 200 free relay team to victory. His 50 free relay split of 19.65 helped Purdue rally for a victory in the event while posting a team season-best time of 1:20.56. Austin Flager, Matt Friede and Adam Johnston also contributed to the relay win.
Davis and Marr each won an event and finished second in another for the Purdue women. Led by Davis, the Boilers had the top three finishers in the 200 free.
Blanco demonstrated his versatility once again, winning the 200 butterfly and 400 IM while also taking second in the 200 back. He continues to lead the team in individual victories this season.
Led by Matthews' sweep of the women's events, the Purdue divers were victorious in all four events and accounted for 10 of the top 12 finishes. The women's 1-meter diving (Matthews, Michelle Cabassol and Mary Beth Dunnichay), the men's 3-meter diving (Alec Back, Sean Mokhtari and Jamie Bissett) and the women's 200 freestyle (Davis, Grace Hernandez and Nika Karlina Petric) were the three events of the night in which the Boilers had all three top finishers.
Mercer swept the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints to remain the women's team leader in individual victories. She also contributed to each of Purdue's relay winners. The Boilers caught a break in the 200 medley relay, the first event of the night, when Michigan's victorious team was disqualified by a false start.
Petric finished in the top three of the 200, 500 and 1000 free - posting a new Purdue season-best time in the 1000 (9:59.49) for the second meet in a row.
The Boilermakers are back in action Saturday afternoon when they host Michigan State for a co-ed dual meet at 1 p.m.
Final Team Scores
Men: #1 Michigan 176, Purdue 124
Women: #20 Purdue 164.5, #24 Michigan 135.5
Purdue Winners & Notables
* -- Purdue Season-Best Time/Score
^ -- Personal Season-Best Time/Score
Jamie Bissett, 366.53
Alec Back, 366.75^ -- Back, Mokhtari & Bissett Finished 1-2-3
Danny Tucker, 20.25 -- Out Touched U-M's Ortiz by .02 Hundredths
Matt Friede, 45.78 -- Finished 2nd
Luke Trimmer, 1:40.28 -- Finished 4th
Luke Trimmer, 4:33.13 -- Finished 3rd
Nate Hopkins, 9:25.30 -- Finished 2nd
Stephen Seliskar, 50.83 -- Finished 3rd
Guillermo Blanco, 1:48.80 -- Finished 2nd
Lyam Dias, 56.44 -- Finished 2nd
Lyam Dias, 2:02.39 -- Finished 3rd
Stephen Seliskar, 50.71 -- Finished 4th
Guillermo Blanco, 1:48.92
Guillermo Blanco, 3:51.02
200 Free Relay
Flager, Friede, Johnston & Tucker, 1:20.56*
400 Medley Relay
Seliskar, Dias, Blanco & Friede, 3:20.95^ -- Finished 3rd
Casey Matthews, 325.28* -- Matthews, Cabassol & Dunnichay Finished 1-2-3
Casey Matthews, 351.75 -- Matthews & Cabassol Finished 1-2
Carly Mercer, 22.95
Carly Mercer, 49.47
Allie Davis, 1:49.18 -- Davis, Hernadez & Petric Finished 1-2-3
Allie Davis, 4:51.64 -- Finished 2nd - Davis, Petric & Lyon Finished 2-3-4
Nika Karlina Petric, 9:59.49* -- Finished 2nd
Hannah Manger, 56.83 -- Finished 3rd
Trish Regan, 2:02.61^ -- Finished 3rd
Francesca Marr, 1:03.72 -- Finished 2nd
Francesca Marr, 2:16.22
Meagan Lim, 54.95 -- Lim & Alex Todd Finished 1-2
Meagan Lim, 2:02.68 -- Finished 3rd
Francesca Marr, 4:23.82 -- Finished 3rd
200 Medley Relay
Manger, Marr, Vogel & Mercer, 1:43.40^ -- Event Winner after Michigan team DQed
400 Free Relay
Mercer, Hernandez, Petric & Marshall, 3:25.74^