July 10, 2009
Friday, Purdue saw its men's swimmers complete their competition at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis.
Incoming freshman Vinny Donnelly posted the best finish out of the three swimmers with his 15th-place showing in the 1,500-meter freestyle Friday. The Tampa, Fla., native touched the wall in 15:33.85 to put points on the board for his club team, Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center. He began his meet Tuesday with a 26th-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle Tuesday. Donnelly stopped the clock at 3:57.03 and just missed qualifying for the `C' final.
"Vinny is going to be a great addition to our distance lane," head coach Dan Ross said. "He is having a breakout summer so far."
Matt Stewart earned a huge lifetime-best clocking Friday while finishing 25th in the 1,500 freestyle. The junior from Rochester, Minn., touched the wall in 15:48.15, which shatters his previous best long-course time of 16:12. Stewart ranks second on Purdue's all-time performance list in the 500-, 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyles.
"That was a great swim for Matt," Ross said. "He hasn't had a good long course mile in a long time."
Andre Koop also was in the pool Tuesday. The senior from Newton, Kan., finished the 400-meter IM in 4:37.58. Koop ranks fourth on Purdue's all-time performance list in the 400-yard IM, which is the distance contested in the NCAA, with his 3:50.69 time from the Big Ten Championships earlier this year.
"Andre had a good experience in the 400 IM," Ross said. "But, his biggest meets of the summer, what he's been training for, are still ahead of him."
The meet, held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, also served as the qualifier for the World Championships. The top-two finishers in each event qualified to represent Team USA at the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, July 17-Aug. 2.
Sophomore diver David Boudia is already on the team for the World Championships after his performance at a selection camp in February. The 2008 Olympian was selected to compete in the platform and also is set to join Olympic teammate Thomas Finchum in the synchronized platform discipline.
NBC is scheduled to show tape-delayed footage of the meet Saturday at 1 p.m. ET and Sunday at 2 p.m.