Purdue Wins 6 Races to Open Triple Duals
Jan. 26, 2018

Friday Results / Dive-by-Dive Scoring / Purdue Notables / Live Results


Purdue 146, Northwestern 50
No. 24 Minnesota 112, Purdue 92
No. 24 Minnesota 144, Northwestern 59
Purdue 157, Northwestern 48
No. 18 Minnesota 121, Purdue 84
No. 18 Minnesota 166, Northwestern 39

• Men: 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM, 1,000 Free
• Women: 200 IM, 1,000 Free
• Men: Chris Bals -- Defeats two All-Americans to win the 100 Breast
• Women: Kaersten Meitz -- Eclipsed her own team record in the 1,000 Free
• Men: Joe Young, Erik Juliusson, Nick McDowell
• Women: Taite Kitchel
• Men: 100 Back, 100 Breast
• Women: 200 Free, 100 Back, 200 Fly, 200 IM
• Men: Brandon Loschiavo (3-Meter), Young (100 Fly)
• Women: Samm Reese (3-Meter), Megan Johnson (200 Free), Emily Meckstroth (1,000 Free)
• Men: Bals, Juliusson, Amaltdinov,
• Women: Jinq En Phee, Meitz

MINNEAPOLIS - Kaersten Meitz's program-record time in the 1,000 freestyle headlined the six event victories for the Purdue swimming & diving teams on the opening night of the two-day Big Ten Triple Duals vs. Minnesota and Northwestern.

Meitz eclipsed her own team benchmark, winning the event in 9:38.46. She dropped .33 hundredths of a second off the record she set at the USA College Challenge in November 2016. The senior has posted Purdue-record times in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free this season, eclipsing her own marks in all but the mile.

Meitz also raced in the 200 free about 10 minutes later Friday, finishing second to Minnesota's Mackenzie Padington by .11 hundredths of a second. Padington also went back-to-back in the 1,000 and 200.

The Purdue men were victorious in the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 1,000 free. Joe Young led the way with a team season-best time (48.82) in the 100 back, an event in which the Boilermakers had four of the top five finishers.

The most exciting finish of the night was in the men's 100 breast. Chris Bals (54.84) out touched All-Americans and fellow seniors Conner McHugh (54.89) of Minnesota and teammate Marat Amaltdinov (54.93) to win the event.

The Purdue divers posted seven top-five finishes in the springboard events. Steele Johnson took third on 1-meter in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since November. Samm Reese was the runner-up in the women's 3-meter competition with a career-best score of 342.90, which moved her up to 11th place in program history. Brandon Loschiavo registered a personal season-best score (379.90) as the runner-up in the men's 3-meter event.

Erik Juliusson (200 IM), Taite Kitchel (200 IM) and Nick McDowell (1,000 free) also won events Friday. Kitchel added a runner-up finish in the 200 butterfly to her victory in the 200 IM. She joined Meitz as the only Boilermakers to win an event at every dual meet this season.

Adam Noens was the runner-up in both the 100 back and 200 IM. Emily Meckstroth (10:01.30, 3rd) and Megan Johnson (1:48.82, 4th) posted personal season-best times via top-four finishes in the 1,000 and 200 free. Jinq En Phee joined Amaltdinov, Bals, Juliusson and Meitz as Boilermakers to register NCAA provisional qualifying times (B Cuts).

The Big Ten Triple Duals conclude Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.




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