Jan. 7, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Purdue swimming and diving's Austin Flager, Meagan Lim, Casey Matthews and Layne Rogers were all honored with weekly awards by the Big Ten conference office after winning events to help the Boilermakers sweep their outdoor dual meet at Hawaii Saturday.
Matthews and Rogers took home the Big Ten Diver of the Week awards. Swimmers Flager and Lim were recognized as the Big Ten Freshmen of the Week.
Matthews and Rogers won the 1-meter diving competitions. Flager (50 free) and Lim (200 IM) each won an individual event and contributed to a medley relay victory.
Matthews was named the women's Big Ten Diver of the Week for the third time this season and fourth time in her career. She posted a Purdue season-best score of 321.20 from the 1-meter springboard while winning the event by 14 points. She has won six springboard events in her last four college meets dating back to Nov. 1 and also had a pair of second-place finishes at the USA Diving Winter Nationals last month.
Rogers won the men's Big Ten Diver of the Week award for the first time this season and second time in his career. After being sidelined by a shoulder injury at the USA Diving Winter Nationals, he returned to action in Honolulu and won the 1-meter competition by 13.30 points. It was his sixth event victory of the season, but first since sweeping the springboard events in the Nov. 1 dual meet win against Notre Dame.
Flager out touched teammate Matt Friede by one hundredth of a second to win the 50 freestyle at Hawaii, his second individual victory of the season. He swam the butterfly leg on the Boilers' victorious 200 medley relay team and also helped Purdue's top 400 free relay team take second. He joins Filip Bujoczek among the Purdue men to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this year.
Lim led the way as the Purdue women dominated the 200 IM, an event in which they had the top six finishers. It was her fifth individual victory of the season. She swam the butterfly leg on the Boilers' victorious 200 medley relay team as well.
Allie Davis (200 and 500 free) and Guillermo Blanco (200 back and 200 IM) were also nominated for Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors after each won a pair of events in the co-ed duals at Hawaii. Hannah Manger and Bujoczek were strong candidates for Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors as well.
The Boilermakers conclude their winter training trip and depart Honolulu on Wednesday. They're scheduled to host Michigan (Friday at 6 p.m.) and Michigan State (Saturday at 1 p.m.) for back-to-back co-ed dual meets this weekend.