Nov. 14, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- New team season-best times in their events from Lyam Dias and Guillermo Blanco that doubled as the best mark in the nation among collegiate swimmers entering Thursday's racing highlighted the opening day of competition for Purdue men's swimming at the Minnesota Grand Prix.
Dias posted the third-fastest time in program history in the 100 breaststroke (53.73). Blanco placed third in the A final of the 400 IM (3:48.26) with a time that was just three hundredths behind his Purdue personal-best mark. In both instances, they accounted for the top collegiate times in the country this season in their respective event. Via CollegeSwimming.com, Danny Tucker continues to sport the top 50 freestyle (19.87) time in the country.
Filip Bujoczek recorded the seventh-fastest time (1:37.80) in program history in the 200 free. Danny Conway won the B final of the 400 IM. Stephen Seliskar (sixth) also qualified for the B final of the 100 fly, his top event on Thursday.
This week's Minnesota Grand Prix is part of USA Swimming's Arena Grand Prix Series, featuring professional and independent club swimmers. Action resumes Friday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. ET and finals at 7 p.m. ET.
Minnesota Grand Prix Day One -- Purdue's Top Finishers & Notables
(B) -- NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time
* -- Purdue Season-Best Time
^ -- Personal Season-Best Time
Filip Bujoczek, 1:37.80* (B) -- Finished 4th in B Final (7th Fastest in Purdue History)
Luke Trimmer, 1:39.92^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 4th in C Final
Manuel Gutierrez, 1:40.46^ -- Finished 2nd in D Final
Nate Hopkins, 1:41.12^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in D Final
Lyam Dias, 53.73* (B) -- Finished 6th in A Final (3rd Fastest in Purdue History); Best in Nation
Bo Ilgenfritz, 57.23^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in C Final
James Nguyen, 57.49^ -- Finished 5th in C Final
Josh Ehrman, 57.59 -- Finished 2nd in D Final
Matt Quinlan, 57.79^ -- Finished 3rd in D Final
Colin Mothersead, 57.97^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in D Final
Paul Stockett, 58.33^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 8th in D Final
Stephen Seliskar, 48.87* -- Finished 6th in B Final
Austin Flager, 49.66^ -- Finished 2nd in C Final
Lyam Dias, 49.78^ - Finished 2nd in D Final
Guillermo Blanco, 3:48.26* (B) -- Finished 3rd in A Final (.03 hundredths shy of his Purdue-best time); Best in Nation
Danny Conway, 3:54.48^ (B) -- Won B Final
Josh Brooks, 3:57.32^ -- Finished 2nd in C Final
Jan Karel Petric, 3:58.26^ -- Finished 4th in B Final
Josh Ehrman, 4:03.23^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in C Final
Alex Toetz, 4:05.40^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 8th in D Final
400 Free Relay
Friede, Bujoczek, Flager & Tucker, 2:56.94* (Prelim Time) -- Finished 2nd (6th Fastest in Purdue History)
Seliskar, Blanco, Trimmer & Johnston, 3:03.30^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 5th