Boilermakers Split Dual with Hawkeyes
Nov. 3, 2017

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• Women: No. 16 Purdue 176, Iowa 123
• Men: Iowa 152, No. 23 Purdue 148
• Women: 11 of 16
• Men: 8 of 16
• Women: Taite Kitchel -- Swept Breaststroke Events, Won 200 IM
• Men: Steele Johnson -- Swept Springboard Diving Events
• Women: Kaersten Meitz
• Men: Marat Amaltdinov, Nick McDowell
• Women: Kitchel, Meitz
• Men: Trent Pellini, Amaltdinov
• Women: 3-Meter Diving, 1,000 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Fly
• Men: 1-Meter Diving (1-2-3), 500 Free, 100 Breast (1-2-3), 200 Breast, 200 IM (1-2-3)
• Women: Danielle Auckley, Jinq En Phee, Meitz
• Women: Jackie Smailis, Auckley

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue swimming & diving teams put together 1-2 finishes in a combined nine events while winning 19 total for the night, but settled for a split in the team scoring after the Iowa men posted a 1-2 finish in the final event of the night to sweep the relays.

The No. 16 Purdue women improved to 3-1 in dual meet action with a 176-123 victory vs. the Hawkeyes. Iowa outscored the No. 23 Purdue men 15-2 in the 400 freestyle relay to overcome the Boilermakers' nine-point lead entering the final event. The Hawkeyes were victorious 152-148, topping Purdue (2-2) by winning the 400 free relay for the second year in a row.

It was the Boilermakers that initially surged in front of the visitors late in the meet. Iowa led by 20 points with three events remaining -- 1-meter diving, the 200 individual medley and the 400 free relay. But Purdue posted timely 1-2-3 finishes in both 1-meter diving and the 200 IM to take the lead entering the final event.

"This one hurts, but you can't lose both relays and expect to win," Purdue men's coach Dan Ross said. "We were down by 40 at one point I believe and still had a chance to win. I'm proud of the fight in our guys -- swimmers and divers. I feel I did everything to put us in position to win, but as I look at the results, I could have done more. So that's on me. I will do anything for this team, it means that much to me."

The Boilermakers dominated the breaststroke, distance freestyle, individual medley, men's diving and women's butterfly events. Fourteen of Purdue's 19 event victories came from those competitions. The Purdue women also swept the relays for the fourth consecutive meet.

Taite Kitchel swept the butterfly events and was also victorious in the 200 IM to take over the team lead with 10 individual event victories this season. Marat Amaltdinov (breaststroke sweep), Steele Johnson (diving sweep) and Kaersten Meitz (distance freestyle sweep) each won a pair of events Friday. Meitz has nine individual victories this season while Amaltdinov and Johnson both have eight. Nick McDowell also swept the distance freestyle events for the men, giving him five individual wins this season.

Meitz moved up to third place nationally with her season-best time of 9:39.42 in the 1,000 free.

Danielle Auckley (50 free) and Jinq En Phee (100 breast) both won an individual event and contributed to the victorious 200 medley relay. Jackie Smailis and Auckley have been a part of all eight of the Purdue women's relay wins this season after swimming on both victorious teams again Friday.

Cady Farlow won the 200 breast after finishing second to Phee in the 100. Samm Reese (340.45) and Emily Meaney (326.20) teamed up for a 1-2 finish in 3-meter diving, both Boilermakers posting season-best scores.

Adam Noens led the way in Purdue's 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM after placing second in both backstroke events earlier in the meet. Batuhan Hakan was victorious in the 200 free with a team season-best time (1:39.63) and later finished as the runner-up to McDowell in the 500.

For the second week in a row, Trent Pellini posted an NCAA provisional-qualifying time (54.75) while being out-touched by Amaltdinov by two hundredths of a second in the 100 breast. Pellini also demonstrated his versatility by posting a Purdue season-best time (48.57) while finishing as the runner-up in the 100 fly. Chris Bals took second in the 200 breast and third in the 100 to help the Boilermakers rack up big points in that discipline.

Other Purdue season-best times/scores were recorded by: James Boone (100 free), Grant Lewis (200 fly), Auckley (50 free), Kitchel (100 fly), McDowell (500 free), Meitz (100 and 500 free), Reese (1-meter diving) and the men's 200 medley relay team of Joe Young, Pellini, Erik Juliusson and Eddy Zawatski.

The Boilermakers will be idle from competition until hosting the three-day Purdue Invitational the weekend of Nov. 16 to 18. Along with Purdue, the nine-team field will feature co-ed representation from Florida, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Missouri State and Southern Illinois. The Florida International women, Navy men and North Carolina divers are also scheduled to compete.




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