Purdue Honors 15 Seniors on Final Day of B1G Triple Duals

Feb. 1, 2014

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Saturday Results | Complete Two-Day Results | Dive-by-Dive Scoring

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Event victories by Guillermo Blanco, Lyam Dias, Sean Mokhtari, MacKenzie Tweardy and the men's 200 freestyle relay team highlighted the final day of the Big Ten Triple Duals for the Purdue swimming and diving teams Saturday morning.

The two-day meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center featured Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin. Saturday's schedule not only was comprised of nine events, but also the Boilers' senior salute ceremony and an autograph session with Olympic gold medalist and Purdue alumnus David Boudia. The Boilermakers recognized 15 seniors for their contributions to the swim-dive programs after the meet.

The No. 17 Purdue men finished off a dual meet victory against Wisconsin Saturday. But the No. 25 Wisconsin women were able to overcome a seven-point deficit entering the day to defeat the No. 18 Purdue women, 183-168. The Wisconsin women's comeback was spearheaded by victories in both freestyle relays.

The Minnesota men and women each posted a pair of dual meet victories after being the top-ranked teams (women 13th, men 14th) among the three schools entering the weekend.

The Purdue men and women are now both 7-3 in duals this season.

While racing in the event for the first time since breaking the school record Jan. 17 at the Classic @ SMU, Blanco won the 400 IM Saturday for his third individual event of the weekend and team-leading 16th of the season.

Dias out touched UW's Nick Schafer by .14 hundredths of a second to win the 200 breaststroke. It was one of three events of 200 yards or longer Saturday in which the top heats were decided by less than a second.

Unfortunately, the Purdue women came out on the short end of the other two tight finishes. Minnesota's Kiera Janzen finished strong in the 500 freestyle to out touch Allie Davis by .11 hundredths of a second. In the 400 IM, it was the Gophers' Hailey Szews out touching Francesca Marr by .62 hundredths of a second. However, Wisconsin's Aja Van Hout ended up as the 400 IM event winner after posting her time of 4:18.46 in the first heat.

Platform diving was contested Saturday as an exhibition event that did not count towards the team scoring. Tweardy won the women's competition with a Purdue season-best score of 320.55. Mokhtari and Nate Cox finished one-two in the men's event. The Boilermakers won five of the six diving events on the weekend.

The Purdue men began the day with a nice win in the 200 free relay. Danny Tucker closed the race with a split of 19.66 to win the race for the Boilers. Austin Flager, Adam Johnston and Matt Friede also contributed to the victory. Purdue was also declared the winner of the 400 free relay after Minnesota's victorious team was disqualified due to a false start.

Josh Brooks (400 IM), Brittany Fozkos (100 free), Madison Monteiro (200 breast), Alex Todd (100 fly) and Johnston (100 free) were heat winners for Purdue Saturday.

The Purdue men will be back in action next weekend for the annual rivalry dual at No. 8 Indiana. It will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Selected members of the women's team will compete at the two-day Ohio State Winter Invite next weekend in Columbus, but the majority of the Boilers be focusing on the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 19-22 in Minneapolis).

Final Team Scores
#17 Purdue 230, Wisconsin 122
#14 Minnesota 188, Purdue 164
#14 Minnesota 227, Wisconsin 125

#25 Wisconsin 183, #18 Purdue 168
#13 Minnesota 226, #18 Purdue 127
#13 Minnesota 202, #25 Wisconsin 149

Purdue's Top Finishers & Notables
* -- New Purdue Season-Best Time/Score
^ -- New Personal Season-Best Time/Score

200 Free Relay
Flager, Johnston, Friede & Tucker, 1:20.64 -Event Winner
400 Free Relay
Flager, Blanco, Friede & Tucker, 3:00.42^ - Event Winner After Victorious Minnesota Team DQed
100 Free
Matt Friede, 45.15 - Finished 3rd (Friede, Tucker & Johnston Finished 3-4-5)
Adam Johnston, 46.19 - Won Heat 1, 5th Overall
500 Free
Nate Hopkins, 4:36.26 - Finished 6th
200 Back
Guillermo Blanco, 1:48.15 - Finished 3rd
200 Breast
Lyam Dias, 1:59.08 - Event Winner (Out Touched UW's Schafer by .14 hundredths)
100 Fly
Stephen Seliskar, 49.47 - Finished 2nd (Seliskar & Flager Finished 2-3)
400 IM
Guillermo Blanco, 3:52.77 - Event Winner
Josh Brooks, 4:02.79 - Won Heat 1, 6th Overall
Platform Diving (Non-Scoring Exhibition)
Sean Mokhtari, 377.40 - Event Winner (Mokhtari & Cox Finished 1-2)

200 Free Relay
Mercer, Vogel, Marshall & Sheets, 1:33.96^ - Finished 3rd
400 Free Relay
Mercer, Hernandez, Marshall & Sheets, 3:24.56 - Finished 3rd
100 Free
Carly Mercer, 50.27 - Finished 2nd
Brittany Fozkos, 53.99 - Won Exhibition Heat
500 Free
Allie Davis, 4:48.05 - Finished 2nd (Out Touched by UM's Janzen by .11 hundredths)
Lizzy Lyon, 4:56.41 - Won Heat 1, 4th Overall (Davis, Petric & Lyon Finished 2-3-4)
200 Back
Trish Regan, 2:03.19 - Finished 6th
200 Breast
Francesca Marr, 2:16.27 - Finished 2nd
Madison Monteiro, 2:21.59 - Won Heat 1, 4th Overall
100 Fly
Meagan Lim, 55.38 - Finished 4th
Alex Todd, 55.94 - Won Heat 1, 6th Overall
400 IM
Francesca Marr, 4:23.44 - Finished 3rd (Out Touched by UM's Szews by .62 hundredths in Heat 2)
Platform Diving (Non-Scoring Exhibition)
MacKenzie Tweardy, 320.55* - Event Winner




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