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Boilermakers Set for Outdoor Dual Meet with Hawaii

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The Boilers' Christmas Eve training session in Honolulu that head coach Dan Ross dubbed
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Jan. 3, 2014


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HONOLULU -- The Purdue swimming and diving teams are set to compete together at a dual meet for the first time since early November, taking on the University of Hawaii for an outdoor meet Saturday.

The co-ed meet at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with one diving event, which was still being determined by the coaches. The swimming events will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and a standard dual meet format is expected to be utilized.

The Purdue men have been in Honolulu since Dec. 18 and the women joined them Dec. 27. Two-a-day practices have been commonplace during the Boilers' Hawaiian Training Trip. The volume of training helps prepare the student-athletes for the upcoming championship portion of the season. While the winter training program helps maximize season-best times down the road, it comes at the price of sacrificing high-level performances in the first couple weeks of 2014.

The Purdue men and women fly home Jan. 8 and host Michigan and Michigan State for back-to-back co-ed duals at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center the weekend of Jan. 10-11.

The Boilermakers have been training at the Iolani School's Dillingham Pool, an outdoor facility located just across the Ala Wai Canal from the teams' accommodations. Purdue also competed in an outdoor meet during last season's winter training trip in Florida, sweeping the co-ed dual against Florida Atlantic.

The Boilermakers' last meets on the University of Hawaii's campus was the Rainbow Invitational and Hawaii Diving Invitational in January 2003. Purdue also traveled to Honolulu for its winter training trip during the 2006-07 season. But the dates of the Rainbow Invitational did not match-up with the Boilers' schedule and they had to settle for a dual against Luther College, an NCAA Division III school based in Iowa that was also training in Hawaii that week.

While the Purdue divers were in action at the same meets at the Ohio State Invitational (Nov. 22-24) and USA Diving Winter Nationals (Dec. 17-22), the men's and women's swimmers have not competed together since the November Quad at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Nov. 8. Along with next weekend's home duals against Michigan and Michigan State, the annual Big Ten Quad and Triple Duals (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) will also feature the men and women competing.

The University of Hawaii primarily competes as a member of the Big West Conference, but the swimming and diving programs are part of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Hawaii men and women have not competed since the weekend of Nov. 21-23.