Purdue Invitational: Day Two Recap

Andrew Langenfeld

Nov. 17, 2007


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's men's and women's swimming and diving teams stand in second and fourth place, respectively, following two full days of competition at the Purdue Invitational.

The Boilermaker men are engaged in a two-team race for the invitational title, trailing Missouri by 44 points, 480-436.

The Lady Tigers have all but clinched the women's team title, leading second-place Louisville by 106 points, 520-414. The Boilermaker women are chasing Florida for third place, 399-394.

Also competing at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center this weekend are teams from Southern Illinois and Missouri State, plus divers from Stanford.

The night's top highlight was the performance of former Louisville Cardinal Rachel Komisarz, competing unattached in the 100-yard butterfly. Komisarz recorded a time of 51.44, which shattered the previous Doris Z. Holloway pool record of 52.11 set by Georgia's Mary DeScenza at the 2005 NCAA Women's Championships.

As for the Boilermakers, their lone win was posted by Andrew Langenfeld in the 100 fly. The West Virginia-transfer recorded an NCAA provisional and season best time of 48.44.

The top finisher on the women's side was junior diver Emily Wetzel, who scored 256.60 points on the 1-meter springboard, placing behind the Cardinal's Margaret Hostage with 272.90 points.

The Boilermaker women showcased their depth in Saturday's events despite not securing a victory. Lauren Hyman and Morgan Lebsack were fourth and fifth in the 100 fly; Leah Henninger and Nicole Weatherman placed among the top eight in the 200 free, and Jennifer Lavers and Leah Pierce were third and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.



Freshman Allie Smith was third in the 100 backstroke at 56.41, just missing a provisional cut by .40 seconds. The Green Bay, Wis., native also led off the third-place 200 medley relay, which finished in 1:45.20. Smith's 50-yard leadoff split was timed at 26.80 - second fastest of the night.

The Boilermaker men would be a couple points closer to Missouri in the standings if not for two heartbreaking relay results. Purdue's 200 medley relay finished as the runner-up to Missouri State, 1:30.77 to 1:30.78; and its 800 free relay lost to Missouri by .03 seconds, 6:39.97 to 6:40.00.

Purdue's best event was the 100 fly led by Langenfeld. Three other Boilermakers also scored among the top eight: Sam Wilcher (49.46), Jon Ranochak (49.69) and Jin-Soo Kim (50.33).

Elsewhere, Andre Koop and Luke Zehrung were third and seventh in the 400 individual medley; John Schmitt and Craig Thompson placed third and sixth in the 200 free, and Aaron Koger and Kim finished fifth and seventh in the 100 breast.

Freshman Christopher Pfaff was the Boilermakers' lone scorer in the 100 back, coming in sixth at 51.35.

The Purdue Invitational wraps up Sunday. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals start at 4 p.m. Admission is free.