Nov. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Carly Mercer's new program record in the 100 freestyle and Nate Cox's victory in the Boilers' first platform diving competition of the season highlighted the third and final day of the Ohio State Invitational for the Purdue swimming and diving teams.
The No. 16 Purdue women finished in fourth place with 571.5 points. The Boilermakers had moved into third place Saturday, but the host Buckeyes were able to overcome Purdue's 15-point advantage. The three-day Ohio State Invitational featured four Top 20 teams competing in a 10-lane pool. No. 5 Florida rallied Sunday to win the women's scoring by four points over No. 12 Virginia. The Gators overcame a 49-point deficit on the final day of the meet.
Mercer finished as the runner-up in the A final of 100 free with a Purdue-record time of 48.43. She eclipsed Ariel Martin's record (48.68) from the 2011 Big Ten Championships. It was Mercer's first program record and the first new benchmark set since Lauren Gustafson broke the 50 free record at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
Cox joined Casey Matthews as Purdue divers to win events this weekend in Columbus. With Matthews sweeping the women's springboard competitions, a Boiler was victorious in each of the three diving events at the three-day meet. Layne Rogers took second and Sean Mokhtari fourth to give the Purdue men three of the top four finishers from the platforms Sunday. MacKenzie Tweardy was the runner-up in the women's platform competition as the lone Boiler entered in the event. Sunday marked the first time this season that the Purdue divers competed from the platforms.
Francesca Marr finished third in the A final of the 200 breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:12.97, improving on her second-fastest time in program history. Rhiannon Sheets also finished third in the A final of the 200 butterfly (1:56.98), coming up only three tenths of a second shy of her program-record time from the 2011 Ohio State Invitational.
Nika Karlina Petric posted the third fastest time (16:23.49) in team history while placing 10th in the mile. Sunday marked the first time this season the Purdue women competed in the event.
Megan Gallagher (200 breast), Hernandez (100 free) and Lim (200 fly) joined Marr, Mercer, Petric and Sheets as individual point scorers for the Boilermakers Sunday. Stephanie Schlobohm also won the C final of the 200 fly.
Selected members of the Purdue women's team will be in action the weekend of Dec. 6-8 at the Hoosierland Winter Invite in Bloomington, Ind. The Purdue divers will compete at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas, from Dec. 17-22. The next meet for the full team is tentatively set for Jan. 4 at Hawaii.
Purdue Winners & Notables - Day Three
# -- New Purdue Record Time
* -- Purdue Season-Best Time/Score
^ -- Personal Season-Best Time/Score
(B) -- NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time
(Z) -- NCAA Zone Qualifying Score
Women's Swimming Events
Carly Mercer, 48.43*# (B) -- Finished 2nd in A Final (17 Points); NEW PROGRAM RECORD
Grace Hernandez, 50.78^ -- Finished 2nd in B Final (5 Points)
Kylie Vogel, 51.56^ -- Finished 22nd in Prelims, Did Not Race in Finals
Hannah Manger, 51.61^ -- Finished 24th in Prelims, Did Not Race in Finals
Carly Marshall, 51.80 -- Finished 26th in Prelims, Did Not Race in Finals
Samantha Feulner, 52.77^ -- Finished 5th in C Final
Rylee Klomp, 53.13^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in C Final
Grace Einterz, 53.31^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 9th in C Final
Nika Karlina Petric, 16:23.49* (B) -- Finished 10th (7 Points); 3rd Fastest in Program History
Allie Davis, 16:44.14^ -- Finished 21st
Lizzy Lyon, 16:49.31^ -- Finished 22nd
Megan Gallagher, 17:02.39^ -- Finished 25th
Hannah Manger, 2:00.98* -- Finished 8th in B Final; 7th Fastest in Program History
Meagan Lim, 2:04.52 -- Finished 25th in Prelims, Did Not Race in Finals
Kate Curley, 2:04.62^ -- Finished 5th in C Final
Brittany Fozkos, 2:05.04^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 10th in C Final
Anji Li, 2:05.41^ -- Finished 8th in C Final
Julia Comodeca, 2:08.10^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 9th in C Final
Francesca Marr, 2:12.97* (B) -- Finished 3rd in A Final (16 Points); 2nd Fastest in Program History
Megan Gallagher, 2:18.72^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 10th in A Final (7 Points)
Madison Monterio, 2:20.11^ -- Finished 3rd in B Final
Tracy Glaser, 2:20.49^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 7th in B Final
Rhiannon Sheets, 1:56.98* (B) -- Finished 3rd in A Final (16 Points)
Meagan Lim, 1:59.89^ -- Finished 4th in B Final (3 Points); 6th Fastest in Program
Stephanie Schlobohm, 2:03.44^ -- Won C Final
Alex Todd, 2:04.01^ -- Finished 2nd in C Final
Lew Gerbrandt, 2:05.86^ (Prelim Time) -- Finished 6th in C Final
MacKenzie Tweardy, 268.70* (Z) -- Finished 2nd (17 Points)
400 Free Relay
Mercer, Hernandez, Vogel & Sheets, 3:20.47* -- Finished T-4th; 5th Fastest in Program History
Marshall, Manger, Davis & Petric, 3:25.49^ -- Finished 10th