#19 Purdue Wraps Winter Training Against Michigan State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Aaron Koger is one of eight seniors slated to be recognized before Saturday's action.
Aaron Koger is one of eight seniors slated to be recognized before Saturday's action.

Jan. 5, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 19th-ranked Purdue men's swimming and diving team hosts Michigan State this weekend at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center as both teams conclude winter break.

"We need a meet, period," head coach Dan Ross said. "The guys have been absolutely killing it in practices since the Purdue Invitational back in November, but we need a race. I love the Michigan State coaches, and I love the format we are using this weekend. I just wish it would get here sooner."

The Boilermakers enter the weekend with a perfect 4-0 mark in dual meets this season. Purdue finished the fall undefeated for the third consecutive year and also added a ninth straight Indiana Intercollegiates title to the pile. The team has not competed since the week before Thanksgiving. Purdue has recorded four NCAA provisional-qualifying times in the pool so far this season. Seniors Aaron Koger and Sam Wilcher have eclipsed the standard in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 butterfly, respectively, while junior Matt Stewart has recorded a qualifying time in the 1,650 freestyle. Purdue's 800 freestyle relay team also is provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.

All six Boilermaker divers have qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, which is the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore David Boudia and junior David Colturi combined to make Big Ten history during the fall as they each won consecutive conference Diver of the Week awards making Purdue the first school in Big Ten history to win the honor four times in a row.

Michigan State enters the weekend on a three-meet winning streak. The Spartans took down Ball State 183-117 on Dec. 12 in their last meet before winter break following wins over Grand Valley State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Michigan State is 3-1 in dual meets this season, with the only loss coming to Big Ten foe Iowa, and won the TYR Invitational in November.

Purdue holds an 18-15 edge in the all-time series between the two programs. The Boilermakers have won five in a row, including last season's 208-90 victory in East Lansing.

The dual begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET and continues at the same time Friday. Saturday's competition, which features both springboard diving events, is scheduled to begin at noon after a brief ceremony recognizing Purdue's senior class. Admission is free, and live results can be found throughout the weekend at purduesports.com.